Communication is one of the key requirements of performing well in any FPS title. Ideally, players have to be actively providing information to their teammates about the enemy locations to maximize their team’s chances of winning a game.
If a player receives repeated reports for communication abuse in Riot’s tactical shooter Valorant, they are automatically restricted from text or voice chatting in-game for a temporary period of time. This mechanic has reportedly caused problems in the matchmaking system where players are often queued with such chat-restricted players that greatly reduces their team’s chances of winning.
However, it seems like Riot has listened to its player base, as a Valorant developer has confirmed that chat-restricted players will be prevented from queuing in ranked matchmaking in a future update.
In a Reddit post complaining about this particular issue, a Riot dev replied, “We will be preventing players who have been penalized with chat and voice restrictions from playing rank in the next two to three patches. We are actively working on the tech, it’s taking a little bit longer than anticipated, but we are committed to building it.”
The developer has also confirmed that Valorant will be getting additional voice commands coming out in the next few months.