Valorant Is Listening to Voice Chat But They’re Doing So For Good Reason
Valorant Is Listening to Voice Chat
In case you didn’t know, Riot Games is already listening your in-game voice chat in Valorant. They’re not doing this to spy on you or for targeted advertising but rather for moderation purposes. They’re going to roll out an AI moderation tool to help with the task.
Riot Games mentioned that the new tool will be going live on 13th July 2022 specifically for communications using the English language in the North American servers. It’s also worth noting that this only applies for Valorant and not for Riot’s other games, and will make use of voice chat sessions that have been reported in order to train the AI’s language model.
They are looking to launch the tool as a beta sometime later in 2022 but they will not be using the one from the July testing phases to follow through on reports. The focus is to ensure the system is working properly before rolling it out to other regions.
Voice evaluation during this period will not be used for disruptive behavior reports. That will only begin with the future beta. And we know that before we can even think of expanding this tool, we’ll have to be confident it’s effective, and if mistakes happen, we have systems in place to make sure we can correct any false positives (or negatives for that matter).
If you think that this is illegal, it actually is not as amendments to the Privacy Notice and Terms of Service from last year allowed this. However, recording will only be allowed when a report has been made. This is one of many ways the company is curbing toxicity in their games.
Pokdepinion: This is one of those things that will not see a big impact in Valorant until further down the road. Training an AI will require a lot of time for it to work properly and flexibly.