This new policy will take effect whenever a report of disruptive behavior is submitted in Valorant. If a violation is detected, Riot will take action, then remove the recording once it is no longer needed for review.
“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 stated. “This is why moving forward we’ll need the ability to analyze voice data.”
Riot announced the measure on April 30, followed by an email to inform users.
“Our privacy notice is a Riot-wide policy that requires all players, regardless of game, to accept the changes. However, Valorant is the only available game that currently plans to utilize the ability to record voice data and review it when disruptive voice behavior is reported,” Riot clarified.
This isn’t the first time Riot has been adamant on its stance towards an inclusive gaming space and fostering a safe and respectful Valorant community. After taking a closer look into disruptive behavior within its games, the developer has concluded that voice evaluation is a more concrete way to evaluate toxic behavior.
These new behavior systems for voice chat are currently still under development. Beta testing is planned to take place in North America.
For more information on the data privacy aspects of the policy, check out the official post on Valorant’s updated privacy notice and terms of service.