Valorant found itself on the wrong side of public discourse recently as it appeared that Riot endorsed NFTs but they have clarified the situation since.
Killjoy insists on being in headlines related to Valorant as she just got out of one spotlight into another. First, the fans were sad to see the WideJoy bug going away and now the character's background implied that she is into NFTs, which could also imply that Riot Games are trying to push them into their games.
Fans immediately reacted with overwhelming negativity as NFTs are generally in a bad light in the gaming circles but the company soon issued an explanation , stating this was not their intent.
The company noted that they wanted Killjoy's background to reflect her love for programming through introducing players to "computer generated art from around the world". Riot added they were not aware that the selected work was an NFT.
Considering how many JPEGs are generated for NFT purposes this way, it's highly unusual anyone would think this approach wouldn't cross paths with NFTs but here we are.
Riot's closing line was that they in no way intended to include NFTs into Killjoy's backstory as a part of her work and hobbies.
Fans seem to have mostly accepted the apology and they are still hoping NFTs don't get implemented in Valorant.