We do not condone any form of harassment in Valorant, or in any other game for that matter. Much has been said already about it in general; we do encourage people to share their worst experiences with in-game toxicity IN ORDER TO EDUCATE EVERYONE THAT SUCH THINGS EXIST and TO GIVE ROOM FOR THE PROPER AUTHORITIES TO DEAL WITH IT.
Let’s be clear here ah from the very beginning.
With that being said, while it is true that it is okay to post your terrible experiences in this group – we really do, wouldn’t it be much better if we focus our physical, mental, and social strength towards actually reporting them to the correct authorities.
The group is supposed to be a place where everyone gets a general sense of the Valorant Community here in the Philippines. It is the responsibility of the administrators and moderators to nurture that environment…and this means that WE WILL NOT ALLOW THE THINGS THAT ARE BEING SHARED TO BECOME TOXIC and NON-PRODUCTIVE – even if they are issues such as harassment in Valorant.
Moderating a group is already hard as it is – having a group of almost 70,000 members isn’t an easy act to balance. However, please understand that we are doing our best and that we follow best practices internally, NO MATTER HOW UNPOPULAR THESE POLICIES MAY BE.
As a whole, we will stand by the APPLICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE RULES BY THE STAFF, provided THAT THEY DO NOT BREAK ANY OF THE RULES OF THE GROUP. THIS MEANS THAT WE WILL NOT ENTERTAIN ANY COMPLAINS REGARDING THE STAFF unless PROVEN OTHERWISE.
We all know that the company who handles Valorant deals with these issues in a very quick and exacting manner. As such, we can start by reporting it to Riot and trying to report them as much as possible – even if you are just the random teammate of the victim, just help with reporting…and where needed, to open a support ticket and to provide with as much evidence as possible in order to provide a verdict to the offending party.
In addition, there is a law that makes it a criminal offense.
In fact, there is another law in the Philippines that addresses these issues in a comprehensive manner.
Here are some of the proper authorities for you to complain about these things:
- PNP Cybercrime Division
- PNP Women and Children Protection Center
- NBI Cybercrime Division
- NBI Violence Against Women and Children Desk
- Commission on Human Rights
In addition, we should always start by educating ourselves and making ourselves into gamers with a sense of digital citizenship.
We can start by reading material and following content that actually promotes the creation of safe spaces on the Internet – there are many people, initiatives, and organizations out there that do this, but here’s some for you – just a click away!
Decency in playing games: a very quick guide
Valorant Mental Health: Tips and Tricks
Valorant Paradigms for New Players
Dignity in Games and Online Interactions
Here is what Gandhi said about it (remember the phrase “Be the change you wish to see in the world”)?
We mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.
Yes, we also need to move.
Finally, please take care of yourselves. Stay safe, healthy, and sane in these times.
Being around means more moments to live the life that you want, reach the dreams you aspire, and play the games that you love!
We do hope that these answers provide clarity to the questions regarding harassment in Valorant and online games in general that you have in your mind.
Thank you and have a nice day ahead!