Valorant Implements New Disciplinary Policies for Hateful Speech Online
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Valorant Implements New Disciplinary Policies for Hateful Speech Online

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Valorant, the popular game by Riot Games, has been facing challenges with player behavior, particularly in the realm of online harassment. Anna Donlon, the studio head of Valorant, recently addressed these issues and outlined new disciplinary measures to tackle hateful speech and disruptive players.

Donlon emphasized the need to remove the most severe offenders efficiently, stating that behaviors like hate speech, severe sexual content, and threats of violence have no place in the game. To combat this, Valorant will be implementing hardware bans for the worst offenders, preventing them from creating new accounts on the platform.


The decision to introduce stricter penalties comes in response to a viral video posted by Twitch streamer Taylor Morgan, highlighting the severity of the issue. Donlon acknowledged the gaps in the current systems and processes, pledging to make necessary updates to address these behaviors.

While competitive gaming allows for banter, there is no room for egregious behaviors in the Valorant community. The focus is on creating a positive and inclusive environment where players can enjoy the game without fear of harassment or toxicity.


Donlon outlined a series of actions to address harmful player behavior, including stronger penalties, hardware bans, and enhanced reporting systems. The goal is to ensure that players feel safe and respected while playing Valorant, fostering a sense of community and camaraderie.


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