Playing valorant can often become frustrating when you encounter other players who deliberately throw matches for their own entertainment. However, this kind of behavior could come to an end as Riot Games reveals their plans to fight the increasing number of AFKs, throwers, griefers and smurfs in the game in their latest Ask Valorant blog post released today.
For starters, to reduce the number of players playing AFK in-game, Valorant is changing the ranked queue restrictions from 20 matches to 10 wins from the next patch.
“We hope this will force players who are just spamming farming matches to actually participate in the game and strive for wins,” said producer Sara Dadafshar.
Riot has also claimed they are working on “better detection of this type of behavior that will lead to more severe penalties.”
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The list of penalties for AFKs, Mourners, or Smurfs that Riot is looking for includes “rank penalties, experience-limiting measures, longer wait time limits, and even bans when it comes down to it.”
Dadafshar continued, “We want to distinguish between disruptive behavior that comes from communication and gameplay, and then punish them accordingly. I can’t reveal our secrets in terms of what our plans for detection are, but know we’re actively working on a way to make the game more fun in this regard!
Riot has also said they may be planning to work on a system that allows players to block griefers from being placed in line with them.
“There are a number of nuances we have to go through to make sure the wait times don’t increase significantly, but we understand how frustrating it is when you are matched with someone you just reported in the previous game,” said Dadafshar.
Valorant Patch 1.13 Release date:
VALORANT patch 1.13 is expected to be released on December 8th.