VALORANT is a free to play 5v5 tactical shooter with some hero shooter element mixed in to make it stand apart from other tactical shooters in the same genre.
Skins are one of the ways Riot Games make their revenue while providing free experience for players worldwide. With VALORANT Riot Games decided to skip the loot box model for monetization. Instead, they decided to let players directly purchase skins without gambling for them.
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However, the price of these skins came across as too greedy for some members of the VALORANT community. As Riot Games is not a charity, they have to make their money back somehow. Even though these skins are quite expensive, enough players are still buying them that enables Riot to keep the price unchanged.
Furthermore, whenever a player buys a skin in VALORANT they don’t really get all the color variants of that skin immediately. Instead, players have to either pay for the alternative Radianite currency or grind for them by just playing the game.
Riot will now let players choose the exact skin variant:
Although sometimes players face an issue where they want a specific color variant of skin but they have to start grinding with a variant they are not interested in just to unlock the exact color variant they want.
“Starting with Patch 1.09 players will be able to select any variant they want. Weapon skins will still need to be fully evolved to unlock variants, but after doing so, you’ll be able to pick whichever one is most appealing to you“, Miles “Riot Usury” Metzger who is the Revenue Strategist on skins in VALORANT.
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From patch 1.09, players will be able to choose the exact skin color variant that they want. However, all the other variants will need to be unlocked via either grinding or Radianite points.