Valorant’s Episode 5: Act III Battlepass includes a gun buddy called “Corbin’s Light” that honors a fan named Corbin who recently passed away after a battle with cancer.
The Valorant team shared the news and Corbin’s story in a blog for what’s new in Valorant’s newest season. The words reveal that the Gun Buddy itself was inspired by design notes from Corbin and his older brother, and it includes the coordinates of a star that was named after Corbin by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In honor of Corbin, Riot Games will additionally be making a donation via its Riot Games Social Impact Fund to the C-Squad Foundation, a charity that was started in Corbin’s honor before he passed.
If you’d like to add Corbin’s Light to your collection, you’ll have to earn 23,000 XP in Valorant’s latest free Battlepass. It is the equivalent of around 30 tiers on the paid Battlepass.
On C-Squad Foundation’s Instagram, the people behind the page mentioned an article from GameRevolution that includes a quote from Riot Games associate integration artist Catalina Faerman explaining more about the piece.
“Corbin’s Light holds deep personal meaning. It was made for one of our players who sadly passed away during his battle with cancer,” Faerman said. “The Make-a-Wish Foundation named a star after Corbin, so we decided to honor him by creating a Gun Buddy inspired by his star, and additional design notes from his brother. In some ways it was incredibly easy to design. Corbin and I are kindred spirits in our love of astronomy. It has been my dream to work at Riot for a long time, and it’s my Star Guardian fan art for League of Legends that ultimately led me here.
“So, Corbin’s Gun Buddy almost felt meant-to-be. In other ways it was an overwhelming task. I wanted to make something that he would’ve been proud of but also represented him. Thankfully I had help from our awesome concept artists to come up with the design. We chose blue for the crystal as it was Corbin’s favorite color, and I added the coordinates to the Make-a-Wish star as an engraving on the frame.
“I haven’t been on the VALORANT team for long, so I’m honored and grateful beyond words to the team who entrusted me and supported me with this task. Most of all, I’m indebted to Corbin and our players for inspiring us and giving me the opportunity to make art for them. I’m incredibly proud of Corbin’s Light and I will carry this experience with me always.”
Elsewhere in the world of Valorant lies the Give Back Bundle! that will run from November 16-30. For that time period, “50% of proceeds from weapon skins and 100% of proceeds from accessories in the Give Back // 2022 Bundle will go towards the Riot Games Social Impact Fund in partnership with ImpactAssets.”
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