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Riot has revealed some of the social changes that will soon come to the multiplayer shooter Valorant, and they’re the sort of changes that fans have been asking for for a while now. These upcoming tweaks will target patches 2.04 and 2.05, and will focus on punishing AFKers and other undesirable player behavior.
The meat of the changes will target AFK players and “AFK-type behavior.” As a 5-on-5 shooter, losing a single teammate can make or break a Valorant match, and it’s clear that Riot is trying to do something about it. Patch 2.04 will implement a new system that will improve detection of AFKers, and the penalty structure for that behavior has been completely overhauled.
Essentially, the new system will track your behavior holistically, meaning that players who drop due to intermittent internet issues won’t get much of a penalty at all. However, those players who go AFK in the middle of games will be hit with increasingly stringent punishments, including queue restrictions, ranked rating reductions, or even an outright ban.