I rarely have latency problems in games, but lately I’ve noticed 100-plus pings and red Discord bars more often. I can’t prove the exact cause—Comcast just sucks sometimes—but an obvious hypothesis is that increased internet usage caused by COVID-19 stay-at-home orders is having an effect. In a Valorant blog update today, Riot gives that hypothesis some weight.

There are two big latency-related problems right now, according to Valorant technical director Dave Heironymus: Travel warnings have made it difficult for Riot to add new datacenters, and internet service providers are dealing with increased traffic “by routing connections all over the place.”  

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