Valorant Will Record Voice Chat to Fight Toxicity

Recordings are only stored for a short time

In an update to its privacy policy, Riot Games announced yesterday it will record and analyze Valorant voice chat in an effort to curb toxicity from players.

Riot will not actively listen in on Valorant matches or conversations you have with other players as they happen. Instead, it will review voice chat recordings when someone submits an abuse report.

“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,” states the update in the privacy policy.

“Which is why, moving forward, we’ll need the ability to analyze voice data.”

According to Riot, it will store recordings for a short time and delete them once reviewed. The company didn’t say whether other games would follow suit, but said its other games use the same privacy policy as Valorant. That means we could see Riot also analyze voice data from matches in League of Legends, for example.

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