Valorant Improves its Smurf Detection System With Patch 5.01

Since the dawn of multiplayer FPS titles, the problem of smurfing has continued to haunt the players of the genre. For the uninitiated, ‘Smurfs’ are players who create new accounts or buy lower-ranked accounts with the intent of getting matched with other players who are new to the game.

Not only is smurfing looked down upon in the gaming community, but some games have also implemented strict countermeasures to combat the rising number of smurfs in the community.

With the introduction of Valorant patch 5.01, it seems like Riot Games is stepping up its game on tackling smurf accounts.

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Valorant Patch 5.01: Improved Smurf Detection

Taking a glance at the official patch notes for the 5.01 update of Valorant reveals that the developers have implemented a new smurf detection functionality that’ll help the game combat its smurfing problem.

The new algorithm will hopefully make sure that new players, or players who make new accounts, are matched up with players of the correct skill level at a more rapid pace than before.

Currently, this new smurf detection system will only be implemented on North American servers. If the initial testing phase is successful, then the system will likely be shipped to other regions of the world.

“We’re testing this change in North America first, to make sure everything is working correctly before a global rollout,” the devs said in a statement.

Other than this change, Valorant patch 5.01 has also brought with it a plethora of new content to the title. These new additions include changes to Phoenix, KAY/O, and Yoru that’ll help them find their place in the competitive meta, various bug fixes, and much more that fans can read all about in the official patch notes here.

Last Updated on July 15, 2022

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