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Can you play Valorant on Mac?

Published: 9/Feb/2021 13:20 Updated: 9/Feb/2021 13:31

by Lauren Bergin

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Riot Games’ Valorant is currently only available on Windows OS, but do the developers plan on Valorant coming to Mac?

One of the most disappointing parts of being a Mac user is that the Apple OS denies you access to a whole host of amazing games. Valorant is one of these games, as despite Riot Games’ iconic League of Legends being available to us Mac users (albeit a bit glitchy) their FPS title remains out of reach.

Riot have revealed to console players that they’re in luck, and that the hit game will be coming to console at some point. Mac users, however, have been left in the dark as to whether or not they’ll ever be able to step foot onto Future Earth.

Is Valorant on Mac?

Valorant's Agents.
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Riot Games’ flagship FPS is available for Windows PC users only.

Valorant is not currently available for Mac users, and it looks as though this isn’t something that’s going to change anytime soon.

A post on Reddit cracked open the debate once more, and has received a response from RiotBrentmeister, Riot Games’ Senior Software Engineer that specializes in Client & Server Performance for Valorant.

“Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but there are no current plans for Valorant to support Mac OSX. For now, to play Valorant you’ll just have to bite the bullet and free up space for bootcamp or build a Windows PC.”

They go on to clarify that “I do feel for you here though. I worked on porting LoL to Mac native all those years ago and have seen firsthand the development time it takes to port to / maintain Mac. As much as we’d like to reach every platform and player we have to look at where our development time is most effective for the entire playerbase.”

How to download and play Valorant on Mac

Valorant's in-built anti-cheat system.
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Valorant’s anti-cheat system has been blamed for Valorant’s Windows PC exclusivity.

As one respondent points out, several players have claimed that Vanguard, Riot Games’ anti-cheat software, is the reason for the game being non-translatable to Mac.

Brentmeister has quashed these rumors, writing “Vanguard would need to be ported to support MacOSX but it’s not a Vanguard issue alone.”

So, the alternative, if you don’t want to build or buy a Windows PC or laptop, is to use Bootcamp. This allows you to run the Windows operating system on your Mac.

This way, you essentially turn your Mac into a Windows computer, and can proceed to download Valorant as normal from the official website.


Whether we like it or not it seems like a Mac version of Valorant is not on the development cards for the near future. However, as further information is announced regarding the status of an Apple OS Valorant we’ll add it here for you to check out.

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Diablo 2: Resurrected devs reveal biggest challenges of pulling off remake

Published: 23/Feb/2021 17:06

by Lauren Bergin

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BlizzConline was a treasure trove of new content for Diablo fans. We spoke to two of Diablo II: Resurrection’s art devs on the game’s remastering. 

BlizzConline 2021 certainly has made some waves among the Blizzard fanbase. World of Warcraft fans have been gifted a new Shadowlands expansion and Overwatch fans were given more of a glimpse into the title’s highly anticipated sequel.

Diablo fans, however, possibly emerged the most hyped. While further details dropped about Diablo IV, the next installment in Blizzard’s landmark franchise, the most exciting announcement was Diablo II: Resurrected, a 2021 remastering of the original game.

Being dubbed ‘the best game ever made,’ Dexerto were invited to BlizzCon’s Q&A with Game Designer Andre Abrahamian and Art Lead Chris Amaral to find out more about what it’s like to remaster an icon.

Blizzard devs on remastering Diablo 2

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The new Diablo II: Resurrected trailer took fans’ breaths away at Blizzconline.

Remastering Diablo II in no mean feat. The game’s commercial success, coupled with it being the beating heard of the Diablo fandom, makes remastering it a pretty daunting task.

When I asked the duo about this, Andre responded that “we quickly identified what was important about Diablo II so that kept us on track of going down the path of a remaster. There’s a lot of quirks and interesting things that are still relevant and made this game such a legacy that players know and love.”

“There’s a lot of things that define the ARPG genre over these past 20 years Diablo II is still relevant today so we knew that we had to stay as close as we could so that’s why we went that path of remaster.

“I think we’ve stuck with that and have stayed very true to the experience.” Andre certainly adds some hype to the already flaming hellfire that is the rebirth of Diablo II.

Resurrecting Diablo II with modern art

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Tyrael is back, but he looks better than ever.

Andre’s comment about maintaining the soul of Diablo II is clearly what both devs and the wider team deemed the most important. It’s a challenge, though, especially when part of the task is bringing the title’s arcade-style art aesthetic into the modern-day.

Chris sheds some light on this, commenting “this game has been around for 20 years, it’s basically inspired many, many ARPGs out there. It has a very unique look that also kind of established the look of ARPGS. So for me, as far as on the art side, it was more difficult because you don’t want to ruin what people have remembered.”

“Like the Necromancer’s heavy armor, it has a look and feel a certain way or it won’t look like Necromancer. You can’t veer off too far otherwise it becomes something entirely different.”

“So for me on the art side I’d say it’s more difficult to do a remaster than a remake because you have the limitations that you have to adhere to or else you’re messing things up.”


It’s pretty clear that Chris, Andre, and everyone working on Diablo II have hardly messed up. Looking at the side-by-side comparisons of the original gameplay versus the Resurrected world on the official website, the game maintains that nostalgia.

So get ready to strap on your armor the prepare for hellfire, because the angels and demons are at war all over again and we can’t wait to jump into the fray when it releases later this year.