Valorant’s anti cheat still coming to LoL but not how Riot first planned

Eliana Bollati
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Riot has announced they’re changing tact with the roll out of Vanguard anti cheat for League of Legends. The new plan focuses on rolling the software out region by region, starting with the Philippines.

Earlier this year, Riot told League of Legends fans Vanguard would be rolled out globally for both games in upcoming patches.

But plans have changed. Vanguard will now be rolled out regionally, starting with the Philippines in Patch 14.5.

According to the update, the switch from a global rollout is to allow “time on live servers to evaluate how Vanguard is functioning and being experienced before making adjustments if required.”

Riot made the announcement in the latest patch notes for Patch 14.4.

What is Vanguard anti cheat?

Vanguard, Riot’s custom anti-cheat software, made its debut alongside Valorant’s June 2020 launch. Vanguard’s software works to prevent cheating on two levels.

First is a kernel-mode driver, which starts running when a PC boots. Second, is the software client, which checks what programs players are running while they’re playing Riot’s games.

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Valorant’s anti-cheat has been touted as one of the best on the FPS market.

The idea behind Vanguard was, and continues to be, a simple one: upholding fairness and integrity in competitive gaming. However, Vanguard’s arrival was not without controversy.

The fact that Vanguard was always running in the background of player’s PCs was a point of contention for many.

The software also caused troubles by blocking access to legitimate software, like control interfaces for the keyboard and mouse.

Even software associated with more serious background operations, like cooling software for CPU and GPUs, ran afoul of Vanguard in the early days of the anti-cheat’s existence.

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Vanguard’s success in Valorant prompted Riot to roll it out across all titles.

Riot has made changes to how Vanguard interacts with other software since its initial launch. Now, it’s become part and parcel of playing Valorant, regardless of the controversies.

Eventually, it’ll become the new normal for LoL players too.

Vanguard rolls out for the Philippines with Patch 14.5 on March 6.

About The Author

Eliana is a staff writer on the Australian Dexerto team. A freelance journalist for a decade, she earned her master’s in international journalism from the University of Western Australia. She has written for a range of outlets and most recently served as a founding member of the editorial team for esports news and leaks website, BLIX.GG. A lover of JRPGs and strategy MOBAs, when she’s not writing you’ll most likely find her playing Dota 2 or FFXIV. You can contact Eliana at eliana.bollati@dexerto.com