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Valorant Patch 2.04 will add tougher punishments for verbal abusers and AFK-players

Valorant developer Riot Games will take a harder stance on disruptive gameplay behaviors like verbal abuse and abandoning matches, Riot announced in a dev post.

Player penalties for those who go AFK in games will include harsher punishments than before, such as warnings, increased rating loss, queue restrictions, and bans, according to Riot. Verbally abusive players will face in-game communication bans, competitive bans, game bans, and even permanent bans for repeated offenses.

We want to acknowledge the obvious: we still have a lot of work ahead of us. These changes are just the start, but they set the stage for the work we’ll continue to deliver in the months and years ahead.

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On the AFK side, the developers pointed to experience point farmers and others who join in and don’t participate in matches as targets of updates coming in Patch 2.04.

Our old system had a few loopholes, and it sucked to see some players slipping through the cracks. Those loopholes will be patched, and in the future, we’ll broaden this detection to encompass other types of disruptive behavior and non-participatory play.

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