VALORANT Dev Responds to the Constant Harassment Women Have to Face During Games

Ashraful Abedin
By Ashraful Abedin
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Similar to all online games, in VALORANT a lot of gamers have faced toxicity and harassment.

The main victims of these were mainly women and children. There have been many incidents, including toxicity, harassment due to the kind of crosshair they used, and bullying.

Female VALORANT players have been complaining about getting bullied whenever they use their microphones. The main thread can be found here. There have been cases of children facing the same kind of intimidation and being victims of bullying.

In the past, there have been responses from the developers regarding toxicity. Just one toxic player can disrupt the whole flow of the game. Also, a toxic player on the enemy team constantly trash-talking can severely affect the team’s performance.

There have also been cases of players harassing others over their crosshairs. When you die in VALORANT you can spectate your teammates along with their crosshairs if they are still alive. So, if a player has any unconventional crosshair, they often face unnecessary harassment.

In-game screenshot from VALORANT
In-game screenshot from VALORANT

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VALORANT Dev Responds to the Matter

Addressing these issues, Riot dev Lea replied, “I promise, we’re working on it. I can’t speak to any details right now, but if all goes to plan, you’ll be hearing from us in the near future with actions and updates”.

“Thanks for still giving our game a chance, even with all these bad experiences. This is a multi-team effort across Riot, and we’re working hard towards a future where you don’t have to deal with shit like this anymore,” she also added.

So, we hope to expect more severe punishments for the harassers so that female gamers can enjoy the game just as much as everyone else. With the alleged upcoming overhauls to the report system, Riot aims to reduce toxicity and harassment throughout the game.

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Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin is a Esports writer at GameRiv. He has a rich background as a former professional CS:GO and Overwatch player. Transitioning from the competitive arena to the world of content creation, Sparta has become a pivotal source for gaming enthusiasts seeking the latest FPS news, comprehensive guides, and in-depth coverage of major tournaments, particularly focusing on Valorant and CS:GO. Not confined to FPS titles, Sparta delves into trending single-player AAA games, ensuring a well-rounded perspective on the gaming landscape. Join Ashraful "Sparta" Abedin on the exciting journey through gaming as he crafts informative and engaging content for GameRiv, connecting gamers to the heart of the industry.