Riot Games has more plans to battle toxicity in VALORANT. According to the title’s blog, the upcoming patches will target AFKs and chat-based offenses.

One of the first steps is to implement improved detection of AFK-type behavior. “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,” Riot Producer Sara Dadafshar wrote in the developer’s blog.

This also introduces a more consistent penalty system for repeat offenders. According to the blog, penalties can include:

  • Warnings
  • XP denial for the games in which you were AFK’d
  • Small deductions from your ranked rating for pre-game dodges
  • Deductions from your ranked rating for in-game AFKing
  • Increased queue restrictions
  • Barred entry from ranked games
  • VALORANT game bans

In addition, Riot has plans to target chat-based offenses.

“We’ve been heads down for a while, and there’s a good reason for that. In addition to AFK’s, we’ve been hard at work improving your experience of communicating with other players in-game,” Dadafshar continued. “To date, we’ve released text moderation for over 11 languages, and we’ve revamped our penalty system for text-based offenses. We’ve introduced more nuance to the system, and penalties escalate with both the frequency and severity of the offense.”

Penalties can include:

  • Warnings
  • Comms bans
  • Extended comms bans
  • Ranked queue bans
  • Game bans
  • Extended game bans

Remember, the text evaluation system isn’t able to see who “started the rage war.” No matter who you are, verbal harassment of any sort will get flagged. Riot advises that if “someone is verbally harassing you, do not harass them back or repeat what they have said. Report them, and trust that our systems will take care of it.”