Riot Games Pays Tribute to Player Corbin in the Valorant Battle Pass

Shine on, Corbin!

Sadakshi Kalyan Ramun
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<div class="paragraphs"><p>Riot Games paid tribute to a community member and Valorant player Corbin in its Episode 5 Act III Battle Pass.</p></div>
Riot Games paid tribute to a community member and Valorant player Corbin in its Episode 5 Act III Battle Pass.


Riot Games paid tribute to a community member and Valorant player Corbin in its Episode 5 Act III Battle Pass.
A gun buddy named Corbin’s Light is made in honor of Corbin, who sadly passed away in his battle against cancer.

Riot Games rolled out the new Valorant update on 19th October with patch 5.08, making Indian agent Harbor available for play. The update also included new in-game content in the form of the Episode 5 Act III Battle Pass, the return of the Ion skin bundle, and also the resetting of the competitive season. The Battle Pass introduced plenty of rewards for players irrespective of whether they purchase it. One of the rewards includes Corbin’s Light Buddy, a tribute to a Valorant player and a community member who recently passed away after his fight with cancer.

There are many different, unique gun buddies up for grabs in this Battle Pass, but Associate Integration Artist Catalina Faerman drew attention to Corbin’s Light. This gun buddy embodies a star-shaped sapphire with thick gold borders.

Corbin’s story in Valorant

In a recent blog detailing what’s new in Valorant Episode 5 Act III, Riot Games stated that it created the Corbin’s Light Gun Buddy to honor Corbin. The gun buddy takes design notes from Corbin and his older brother and includes the coordinates to a star that was named after Corbin by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Riot Games noted that it will make a donation via the Riot Games Social Impact Fund to the C-Squad Foundation, started by Corbin’s family in his honor right before he passed.

According to GameRevolution, Faerman said, “Corbin’s Light holds deep personal meaning. It was made for one of our players who sadly passed away during his battle with cancer. 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.

She noted that Corbin and she were kindred spirits in their love of astronomy. Faerman also added that her Star Guardian fan art for League of Legends led her to work in Riot Games. “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.

Riot Games reportedly chose blue for the crystal as it was Corbin’s favorite color, and Faerman added the coordinates to the Make-a-Wish star as an engraving on the frame.

Corbin’s Light Gun Buddy in the new Battle Pass

Corbin’s Light Gun Buddy can be spotted on Tier 31 in the new Battle Pass as the free chapter reward. It will require players to gain 23,000 XP in the battle pass. The Pass can be bought for 1,000 VP and will end in 82 days. This will be the final act of Episode 5 with Episode 6 expected to arrive sometime in January 2023.

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Sadakshi has been a gamer throughout her life and has followed League of Legends since Season 3, immediately falling in love with the esports scene. Bringing in her print journalism experience, she focuses on content that is both informative and innovative. While her heart still remains with League, her love for competition has pushed her to explore other titles such as Valorant and Apex Legends.