Ever since the release of Valorant in June 2020, toxicity within has always been a part of the community and Riot Games is now looking forward to combating these racist and sexist players from the Valorant community but the method being tested here can cause a concern for many players.
“We want all of our games to be safe and inclusive for everyone who chooses to play them. We know disruptive behavior using our voice chat is a concern for a lot of players, and we’re committed to addressing it more effectively. 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,”- Riot Games
We’re committed to making our games better for everyone who plays them. This is another step toward tackling disruptive behavior across the board, starting with @PlayVALORANT. Stay tuned for more from our Central Player Dynamics team! https://t.co/wD6vErtlzo— Riot Games (@riotgames) April 30, 2021
While they also stated that they are not looking to invade users privacy and won't be actively monitoring voice chat. The steps for now would be to act according to the reports submitted against the player and if it's an in-game communication report, once the case is dealt the voice recordings will no longer be relevant to Riot and will be erased the same way they are dealing with the in-game text reports.
Though, they plan to roll it out soon. They will be first starting this specifically for the North American region before it comes out globally. These privacy changes will also be later applied on to other titles owned by Riot Games being League of Legends, TeamFight Tactics but the first version will be starting off with Valorant. Riot also says that if anyone doesn't want their voice to be recorded should turn off voice chat.
Here's Riot Games trying to explain how the inner working of their new system would work.
"When a player submits a report for disruptive or offensive behavior in voice comms, the relevant audio data will be stored in your account’s registered region and evaluated to see if our behavior agreement was violated. If a violation is detected, we’ll take action. After the data has been made available to the player in violation (and is no longer needed for reviews) the data will be deleted, similar to how we currently handle text-based chat reports. If no violation is detected, or if no report is filed in a timely manner, the data will be deleted." - Riot Employee
Privacy being a concern in online gaming
Data Security and privacy is a very important topic when it comes to video games, Riot Games brought quite a lot of them with their Vanguard.
Vanguard anti-cheat engine is one of the very first thing that launches on your boot along with the kernel, which opens a doorway for any kind of potential issues if some hacker managed to exploit Vanguard.