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Can you play Valorant on Mac?

Published: 22/Jul/2021 16:49 Updated: 22/Jul/2021 16:50

by Lauren Bergin

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Riot Games’ Valorant is currently only available on Windows OS, but can you play and download it on Mac OS?

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 has 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.

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

Can you play Valorant on Mac?

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 player base.”

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How to download and play Valorant on Mac OS

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.

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. It’s also free to use download and use!

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.

To install Bootcamp on Mac, make sure you follow this checklist:

  1. Check that your Mac has an Intel processor.
  2. One of the following Macs:
    • MacBook from 2015 or later.
    • MacBook Air, iMac, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini from 2012 or later.
    • Mac Pro from 2013 or later.
    • iMac Pro.
  3. Make sure that you’ve got 64GB or more free space, but 128GB is recommended for a much smoother experience.
  4. An external USB drive that has a storage space of 16GB, unless you’re using one of the following Macs with the El Capitan OS X:
    • MacBook Air from 2017 or later.
    • MacBook, MacBook Pro, or iMac from 2015 or later.
    • iMac Pro.
    • Mac Pro from 2013 or later.
  5. A 64- bit version (if this is your first time installing Windows onto your Mac, it will need to be a full version) of Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.
  6. Head over to the official download page for Bootcamp.
  7. Follow the other steps listed in the link above, and you’ll be able to play Valorant on Mac in no time!

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

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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 update you here with any further news.

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