In the latest Ask Valorant blog post Competitive Designer Jon Walker, and Producer Sara Dadafshar, detailed what the plans are regarding smurfs in Valorant and what areas the team must focus on when decided what problems are leading people to want to smurf.
"Combating smurfing is not only about punishment, it’s also about making VALORANT more accessible so those without bad intentions no longer feel the need to smurf."
The team is dedicated to fixing the smurfing issue and is figuring out just what leads people to feel the need to want to smurf.
While the team is "currently in deep investigation" and does not have any plans to share at the moment, they ensure us that it is one of the main top priorities that the team is actively tackling at the moment.
Valorant Devs Are Looking Into Smurfs and how they can Improve Players Experience
Some of the questions the team is looking to resolve are:
- How do we identify smurfs in our systems, and how often are players running into them?
- Why do players smurf?
- Is there a need, that isn't being met, that is forcing players to smurf?
- What changes do we need to make in order to combat smurfing?
Tackling smurfs is a large issue and will take time for the team to answer these questions. It's quite normal for players to just have a good match which leads people to believe they are smurfing. The team says "smurfing isn't as prevalent as some of the community might have you believe".
It's good to see the Valorant devs investigate issues within the community, however, it may be a while before we see anything implemented regarding smurfs.