Opting out means you can’t use voice chat.
Riot Games has just announced that it will begin recording in-game chats in Valorant as a way to evaluate and moderate player behaviour so it can properly weed out toxic players. The announcement was made last weekend, and will only be applicable for Valorant players, but the new policy states that it could be applied to other Riot games as well.
“We want all of our games to be safe and inclusive for everyone who chooses to play them. We know disruptive behaviour using our voice chat is a concern for a lot of players, and we’re committed to addressing it more effectively. In order for us to take action against players who use voice comms to harass others, use hate speech, or otherwise disrupt your experience, we need to know what those players are saying. Which is why, moving forward we’ll need the ability to analyze voice data,” the company said in a statement.
Riot’s other game League of Legends is also known for toxic behaviour by some players. Reports about racism and harassment are often reported, which is why Riot stepped up started planning ways on how to make these game a safe space for players to enjoy.
Of course, many are concerned about privacy considering that voice chats are being recorded, but Riot says that the data acquired for these recording will only be kept as long as it is necessary. “We know collecting voice data is a concern for many of you, but be assured that we would never ship anything if we weren’t comfortable having our own data treated the same way. And if you prefer to not have your voice chat captured, you may turn off voice chat,” the company said.
Simply put, if you don’t want Riot eavesdropping on your voice chats, you can opt-out by turning off voice chat entirely – but that means you would also lose the ability to voice chat with your friends.
Riot concluded that more features are constantly being added to the games, and they will also be improving on how to effectively make its gaming community play together safely.