Valorant will start monitoring your voice chats starting July 13th

Riot Games, the developer behind the free first person shooter (FPS) Valorantwill begin monitoring players’ voice communications on July 13 (via PCGamer). The gaming company says it is to help train the language models it will eventually use when evaluating player reports across all of its games.

Riot first announced this change in April 2021 after updating its privacy policy. The new terms allow Riot to “record and potentially evaluate voice data using Riot – owned voice communication channels” for the purpose of combating hate speech and harassment via voice chat. Riot says it will analyze footage when a player reports someone for offensive or offensive comments. In turn, this will help the company determine if the reported player violated the guidelines and take action accordingly.

Riot is not going to start reviewing player reports based on these footage yet – it is using the information it collects to help build the beta of the system it expects to roll out later this year. For the time being, Riot will only evaluate the conversations of English speakers Valorant players in North America. The only way to opt out of this system is to disable voice chat completely or use another communication tool, such as Discord.

“We know that before we can even think about expanding this tool, we need to be sure that it is effective, and if errors occur, we have systems in place to ensure that we can correct any false positives (or negative for that matter) “, notes Riot in his announcement.

When this system is actually rolled out, Riot says it will not “actively monitor your live game communications” and will only “potentially listen to and review voice logs” if you are reported for disruptive behavior. It also adds that it will delete this information after resolving the situation, much like it does for reports created over text-based chat systems. Still, it will definitely raise some players’ concerns about privacy, much like the always-on Vanguard anti-cheating system that monitors your activity both in and outside Valorant.

The planned reporting system is not the only way Valorant trying to crack down on toxic players. Earlier this year, Riot started renting Valorant Players add specific words or phrases to a “muted glossary” that will help block offensive content in the chat.