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First clips of Valorant hackers emerge two days into closed beta

Published: 10/Apr/2020 8:33

by Andrew Amos


The fight has “kicked off,” says Valorant developers, as the first videos of players using cheats have emerged just two days into the FPS’ closed beta.

Valorant’s anti-cheat was hyped up ahead of its closed beta, and now it will be put to the test.


The first clips of Valorant hackers are popping up, just two days after the game’s public launch, but Riot are ready to tackle the problem.

A clip shared by ‘phantasyftw’ has gone viral on Twitter after the former Call of Duty and PUBG pro encountered an aim-hacker within 48 hours of the game’s release.


The player, who was on his team, just ran around the map, making it almost impossible for the enemies to get out of spawn. He described him as “full on aimlocking” as the Sova racked up kill after kill.

Riot responded to the clip directly, and took action. “It sucks, but today we had to ban our first cheater, and it looks like more bans are on the horizon,” said developer Paul ‘arkem’ Chamberlain.

It’s only the beginning of Valorant’s war on cheaters. Riot hyped up their anti-cheat development as part of the FPS’ launch, saying they’ve got a number of fail-safes to protect the competitive integrity of their game.


This included a ‘Fog of War’ system meant to resist wallhacks, omitting information about “player locations until just before line of sight contact.”

Down the line, the Vanguard anti-cheat system will automatically detect cheats as the game wears on, and “any game with a cheater detected will be ended immediately and forgiven for all other players.”

If you encounter a cheater in Valorant’s closed beta, there are two ways to get the developer’s attention. You can report hackers in-game using the Report function, which is the most efficient way.


However, if reporting them in-game isn’t working, some of Valorant’s anti-cheat developers are taking direct reporting.

“If issues exist with those systems in these stages of Early Beta, I’m comfortable taking reports directly,” said Valorant dev Matt Paoletti on Twitter.


“I won’t be able to say the outcomes from review for privacy reasons but I am willing to help facilitate these directly at this time as well.”


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.


As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

Valorant First Strike art
Riot Games
First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
Riot Games
Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.