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Speaking to Kotaku, Riot has reaffirmed its commitment to snuffing out Valorant harassment issues asap, but stopped short of detailing future plans. “We know this is a hard problem to tackle, and will take time, but I’d feel irresponsible accepting this as the status quo,” executive producer Anna Donlon said in an email. Read more in my updated story.

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DISCUSSION

Let’s be real: Harassment over voice chat is not going to stop barring massive shifts in the gaming community, or the ability to moderate voice chat in near real time using machine learning is possible. We should all be working on the community aspect in particular.

The next best thing right now is what Overwatch is doing: Provide canned voice lines so that players can communicate with eachother without being in voice chat. It sucks but that’s the best we can do right now.