Riot Games has a really interesting guideline for major Valorant tournaments
Riot has a really interesting guideline for major Valorant tournaments
Move over, Overwatch. There's a new competitive shooter in town, and its name is Valorant.
Indeed, Riot Games' take on the popular genre has been steadily picking up speed in recent weeks, even amidst the coronavirus outbreak and implemented lockdowns. Needless to say, its developers intend to wring out every drop of its popularity to kick-start the game's esports scene, or at the very least, get the major prep work done.
Accordingly, this includes setting down guidelines for community and tournament organisers, which seems to be pretty normal, until everyone came across the clause saying that medium and major tournaments will have to have the "Show Blood" option turned off.
At first glance, this might appear to be a rather weird (or backward, in a way) clause to have considering Valorant is a shooter, but it actually makes a ton of sense when you sit down and think about it. With their latest game only taking baby steps at the moment, Riot will definitely want to capture as many audiences as it can, especially considering almost everyone and their dog are gaming to pass the time. Naturally, this potential audience includes children as well, and which parent in the right mind would want their little kid to get hooked on a shooter with blood splattering everywhere?
This isn't just speculation - Riot themselves have said that they're doing whatever they can to make sure the scene emphasises community enjoyment and "social play", and have already shared the desired moderation and behavioural guidelines. The company's director of esports, Whalen "Magus" Rozelle had also written about this recently, saying that the team fully intends to collaborate with other relevant parties to "maintain a cohesive experience between Valorant and the esport (sic)." and if all goes well, we'll have a shooter to give Overwatch a run for its money by the time this Covid-19 business is done and dusted.
Oh, and lest we forget, should you want to give the game a try, closed beta keys are being given away on all Valorant Twitch streams at the moment - maybe you'll get lucky!