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2 days ago

Valorant’s new $100 skins will turn your guns into dragons

What is a free-to-play game, truly, without super cool overpriced skins? Valorant, Riot's CS-like tactical shooter, has just revealed its new line of Elderflame gun skins, which turn your weapons into fiery, roaring, wiggly dragons. They're fully animated, swinging around to look at you after you get a kill, and you even reload them by politely handing over ammunition for them to consume. You'll be…

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2 weeks ago

Valorant adds a surrender option, with ranked to follow when it’s working

Riot intended to add a ranked "Competetive Mode" to Valorant, but they found a last-minute bug and so they're holding it back - probably "for a day or two". That's OK. Numberwang can wait, because yesterday's patch also added a surrender option. That's a big deal, and I for one welcome it. It does mean you'll sometimes wind up with unpleasant teammates who insist on…

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3 weeks ago

Valorant’s ranked mode is “likely” to shoot out next week

Valorant is great, but it's sorely lacking a mode where you get to make a number go up. Riot's guns 'n' wizards FPS launched two weeks ago, but the developers have held off on adding a ranked mode until non-beta players had a chance to find their feet. Not for much longer, though - Valorant game director Joe Ziegler has announced that ranked mode will…

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4 weeks ago

Riot Games suspended an executive over his “abhorrent” Facebook post about George Floyd [update: he’s gone]

Mere days after Riot Games publicly declared a commitment to combating racism and injustice, they've needed to launch an investigation into one of their own executives for posting some real iffy garbage about the police killing of George Floyd on Facebook. It's not the best look for a company still trying to recover from revelations of a rotten workplace culture of discrimination and harrassment. The…

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1 month ago

Valorant update 1.01 adds new orbs but it’s still just “shootergame.exe” on the inside

After that beta that everyone couldn't get enough of and last week's launch, Riot are shipping out Valorant's first update. The patch notes are relatively brief: Sage has been taken down a couple pegs and some new ultimate ability orb types have been added. One thing that's not changing is the familiar "ShooterGame" directory from Valorant's Unreal Engine origins. Just a cheeky fact unearthed by some…

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Valorant has a great bug where you fuse into other players

Oh, Valorant. If you read my Valorant review, you'll know that the main emotion I associate with it is anguish. Playing in a group is grand, but playing by yourself is miserable, because of the internet. I think that feeling is crystallised in this video, where a bug fuses two players together and they get cross rather than becoming debilitated by laughter.

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Riot’s shiny new tactical shooter Valorant has launched

After a two-month closed beta, Riot's guns n' wizards shooter Valorant is now out for everyone to play. Valorant is the League Of Legends developer's first tactical FPS, pitting teams of five players against each other to capture objectives. It's very 'CS:GO meets Overwatch', and what's more, it's free-to-play. For those of you already embedded in the game, its full release today comes with some…

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Valorant’s next Agent is vampiric heart-taker Reyna

Between the end of closed beta and next week's official launch, we're in something of a Valorant dead-zone. To make sure you haven't forgotten about their new tactical wizard shoot 'em up, Riot have filled this short break with a teaser for Valorant's eleventh superpowered soldier - a purple-clad disruption vampire who grows in power with each and every kill.

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2 months ago

Valorant launches with a new map, mode and Agent this June

If you're like me, you'll have been eyeing up Valorant with some curiosity - interested, yet never quite getting around to lurking streams for beta access. It'll come as good news, then, that Riot are about to open the floodgates to their superpowered tactical shooter, resetting accounts and shutting off servers next Thursday ahead of a full release on June 2nd.

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Omen is Valorant’s best trickster

Omen lurks. He wriggles into unexpected corners, preying on those that don't pay enough attention. He's my favourite gun wizard in Valorant, Riot's new FPS. The whole point of him is to disrupt, to confuse, to unsettle. He is a patient trickster.Or at least, I thought he was. Other people have been playing him far more aggressively, and I am both jealous and concerned.

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Riot have banned nearly 9000 Valorant cheaters

How many Valorant cheaters does it take to change a light bulb? Just one Phoenix, and he'll do it in a flash. Haha. But no, let's be serious. Riot have dropped the ban hammer on 8873 cheaters in their new guns 'n' wizards FPS, and say "this banwave is still only the beginning". It seems like all that (possibly!) over-invasive anti-cheat software is paying off.

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Overwatch League star player “Sinatraa” is moving to Valorant

It's not even out of beta yet and Valorant is tempting pros from other games into its ranks. San Francisco Shock's star player, Jay "Sinatraa" Won, is the first Overwatch League player to be making the switch, joining up with the Sentinels' new competitive Valorant team. Sinatraa announced his retirement from Overwatch yesterday, saying he "straight up just lost passion for the game"."Idk what the…

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Valorant now letting players turn off its anti-cheat when not playing

As you may know by now, Riot's new tactical FPS, Valorant, has an anti-cheat system that's come under fire over the last few weeks for allegedly being a bit invasive. The reason for this is that the software, named Vanguard, runs a kernel-level driver at start-up, giving it full administrator privileges. For obvious reasons, this has raised concerns that Riot are giving themselves access to,…

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3 months ago

Riot looking for “long-term solutions” after devs report sexist harassment in Valorant

A tough stance on cheaters, bots and key-resellers. In-depth training modes. For a traditionally inaccessible genre, Valorant seems to be trying its hardest to be as welcoming as possible - and now, that means making sure people can play nice on their battlefields. After one of their own was hit with sexual harassment, Riot have promised to find a lasting solution against bad actors in…

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Riot trust Valorant’s anti-cheat so much, they’ll pay big bucks for exposing flaws

For Valorant, Riot's new Counter-Strike-with-Superpowers FPS, regular anti-cheat was never gonna cut it. From the beginning, they've been flaunting the shooter's technical guts - 128-tick servers, flawless ping, and an anti-cheat system that makes it "impossible for a player to cheat in game-defying ways". But that level of protection comes with a level of access that's raised a fair few concerns. In an attempt to…

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All Valorant streamers can now give you access to the closed beta

Riot have changed up the beta key dropping process for their upcoming tactical shooter, Valorant, making it so anyone who streams the game on Twitch can enable drops for their viewers. For those of you still trying to get access to the coveted closed beta, it basically means you don't have to watch the same handful of official streams to get one.This doesn't increase the…

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Ranked play may hit Valorant’s closed beta “in a couple weeks”

Look, Valorant might be fun and aw, but what's the point if you can't make the numbers go higher? Right now, folk are just cycling in and out of wizard gunfights, learning the game and having fun, without the very important business of pushing an arbitrary rank higher and higher. Disgusting. From the sounds of it, though, that may change sooner than expected, with a…

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Riot are already banning cheaters in Valorant’s beta

There's always going to be a cheater where competition's involved, so it's no surprise that Riot's new CS:GO-like shooter Valorant has already seen a few. Just getting into the beta seems to be a competitive sport, let alone actually performing in-game once you're there. Riot say they've banned their first cheater from Valorant's beta and are anticipating more bans to come.

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Valorant key-sellers and bots get the boot to free up beta slots

No, the buying round hasn't started yet. Riot's new Counter-Strike-with-superpowers shooter Valorant kicked off its closed beta yesterday and, suffice to say, a few people wanted in. A couple dozen, really. Few thousand, tops. Million? Oh. But even as they work out the kinks in doling out beta keys, Riot have warned against taking shortcuts, booting key resellers from the beta to make room for…

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Riot’s new game Valorant is already breaking Fortnite’s records

There are currently 1.7 million people watching Valorant on Twitch, which means it's matched the game streaming platform's all-time record for the number of people watching a single game at the same time. That's not bad when you consider the previous record holder was Fortnite, a global phenomenon, and Valorant has only just entered closed beta. Maybe people are watching because they're excited for a…

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