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Riot Discusses How They'll Handle AFK/Throwers in Valorant

Plus blocking players

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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Riot has released a new Ask Valorant featuring the community’s questions on blocking, AFKers, and more.

AFKers have been a thorn in the side of players (present company included) for some time. Riot sounds like they’re looking into ways to lessen this behavior and detect it,

“Second, we are working on better detection of this type of behavior that will lead to harsher punishment. We're looking into things like rank penalties, experience mitigations, longer queue time restrictions, and even bans if it comes down to it.”

They continued, explaining that they want to distinguish AFK from other disruptive behavior. They also touched on a question pertaining to block players so you don’t have to queue with them. Riot said there’s some nuances with the queue, but they’re thinking on it.

“We'll think on this a bit, but know that we are currently working on better detection of disruptive behaviors in hopes of being able to appropriately administer penalties and hopefully lessen the number of players you wouldn't want to play with to begin with.”

You can check out the full Q&A here.


Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.