Valorant gamers name for Overwatch-style characteristic to fight toxicity

A tweet from Cloud9 streamer Joseph “Keeoh” Winkler calling for an Overwatch-style “honor” system to allow a greater separation between toxic and better educated players in Valorant matchmaking has garnered massive support from players.

Toxicity is an extremely difficult issue for any multiplayer game maker, and Valorant gets its fair share of complaints.

Since the game’s release, high-profile cases of gamers being abused via voice communication have sparked discussions about how to deal with toxicity. The likes of popular streamers Imane ‘Pokimane’ years and Chess star Andrea Botez both experienced the problem in the past.

Riot has assured the players plans to tackle toxic behavior are in the works, but how that will manifest is still unclear. But Keeoh’s suggestion has got gamers debating ways to tackle the problem at hand.

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June 12th, Keeoh tweeted a loose plan suggesting Valorant take a sheet of Overwatch’s book and add “endorsements or commendation ratings” to it.

In this system, players could be praised as “good teammates”, proactive “gunshots” or simply for good “sportiness”. The more of these ratings you have, the more likely it is that you will rank among people with high commendations – similar to CSGO’s “Trust Factor”.

“This does not solve toxicity, but it does solve it for the people who are positive, motivated and looking for good communicative teammates,” he added. “Toxic or negative teammates can play with other toxic or negative teammates.”

This doesn’t trigger toxicity, but it does for the people who are positive, motivated and want good communicative teammates.

Toxic / negative teammates can play with other toxic / negative teammates.

Let me know what you all think

– C9 Keeoh (@Keeoh) June 11, 2021

People like Team Liquid Streamer Jonas ‘Average Jonas’ Navarsete and former Overwatch pro Ludvig ‘Luddee’ Håkansson threw their support behind the system, the latter calling it a “good start” in solving the problem.

This method is directly analogous to Overwatch’s “endorsement” system, where players can receive boxes of loot if they are considered honorable by their teammates. Any Overwatch gamer could tell you that endorsements don’t exactly solve the toxicity problem, but as Kekeoh said, it might help a little.

And Riot isn’t averse to adding honor-based commendation systems. In League of Legends, players honored at the end of a game can pick up free loot to unlock skins, champions, and emotes, and their honor will be displayed on their profile.

For all we know, Riot has plans in the pipeline to deal with toxic players, although this will be in the form of an honor or endorsement system similar to Overwatch or something entirely different, remains to be seen.