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We all know that gaming can be and is incredibly toxic. Even if you're the nicest player in the world, do everything right in a game, and even help other players succeed, you're going to encounter racists, bigots, sexists, and more, over the course of your gaming career. Even if written comms can eliminate some words that shouldn't be said to others, there is also the issue of voice comms, which is a lot harder to mediate. And so Riot Games, the developer behind Valorant and League of Legends, is going to start recording player's voice comms to determine when someone is being a bigot.
As reported by Kotaku, a new blog from Riot Games shows that the company is taking a step to try to eliminate more toxicity from its games. Both League of Legends and Valorant have known issues when it comes to disrespectful players, and because gamers continue to misbehave the developer is going to see how recording voice comms will help.
If you've not played Valorant, you might not have seen Riot's stylish FPS in action. Here's just one of the beautiful trailers Riot put together:
The post from the company says, "We're updating our Privacy Notice to allow us to record and evaluate voice comms when a report for disruptive behaviour is submitted, starting with Valorant. If a violation is detected, we'll take action and remove the data when it is no longer needed for reviews."
And though there may be some who are upset at the potential privacy changes, this is a good first step to eliminating a bunch of bigots from the game. Though banning accounts doesn't always work because they're not IP-banning gamers, it's at least a preventative measure that some have been calling for, for ages. Muting other players isn't always an option as if you're playing solo queue in Valorant you need information from your team. The voice comms are there to improve your gaming experience and coordination, not be a platform for harassment and bigotry as they so often become.
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