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How to fix Valorant Error Code 7 and 29

Published: 9/Jun/2020 6:17 Updated: 9/Jun/2020 11:34

by Brad Norton


Encountering Error Code 7 or Error Code 29 in Valorant? You’re not alone with this issue and thankfully there are a few simple steps you can try in order to fix these problems and get right back into the grind.

The last thing anyone wants to see when hopping online is an error message. It can completely kill the mood and spoil your next gaming session. Since the release of Valorant on June 2, a few of the most prominent issues have been preventing players from loading in altogether.

Error Code 7 and Error Code 29 may have stopped you from clicking heads in the past, but here is a quick rundown on how to fix the problems if they appear again.

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These solutions should get you back into the game in no time.

How to fix Error Code 7 in Valorant

While dozens of unique error codes exist in Riot’s FPS title, this particular issue revolves around your connection to the Valorant’s servers.

Upon booting up the program you may notice an error message that outlines problems with the “social panel and logins for some players.” A permanent fix is being developed, but in the meantime, there are a few workarounds for the issue.

  1. For starters, try restarting your game for a simple fix. It may seem obvious but there’s a good chance a second attempt at loading the game will work.
  2. If your connection is still not working, the next step is to entirely restart your computer. Once your hardware is back online, try to open Valorant and connect once again.
  3. Double-check your network status if the game refuses to open after a full restart. It’s likely your internet connection is the cause of the error.
  4. If all of the above fails, there’s nothing left to do but wait this one out. A permanent fix is in the works, though there’s no ETA when it will be deployed. Riot’s servers have been hit offline a number of times since the full release of Valorant, so a number of kinks are certainly still being worked out.
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The message that appears for Error Code 7.

How to fix Error Code 29 in Valorant

This specific issue is a little more intricate than Error Code 7. If you’re running any form of antivirus software on your gaming rig, you may have encountered Error Code 29. That’s because this problem stems from an issue where your firewall prevents Valorant from loading properly.

There are a few key things to consider before trying to relaunch the game if you run into this error. Firstly, look over your antivirus program and ensure that Valorant isn’t appearing as a threat. You can then try booting the game as the administrator on your PC. If these simple tips fail, use our step by step guide below to get Valorant through your firewall.

  1. Use the Windows search bar and input: ‘Allow an app through Windows Firewall.’
  2. From this section of the control panel, click ‘change settings’ at the top of the window. Then make sure you ‘allow another app.’
  3. Simply find the location of your Valorant install and click OK to ensure that it’s added as a new app. You’ll want to do the same for Valorant’s anti-cheat software and the Launcher as well. Find the Vanguard file along with Riot’s launcher and click OK on those applications as well.
  4. Check all boxes for all three programs under the ‘Firewall exceptions’ category and click OK.
  5. All components should now be passed through your Firewall in order to avoid Error Code 29.
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If you follow the steps above, your firewall will no longer lead to an error code.

We’re still early into the lifecycle of Valorant so connectivity issues are bound to appear. Despite the seven-week beta, these particular error codes have remained an issue through the game’s full release, however.

Hopefully, with the steps outlined above, you’ll be spawning into combat and clicking heads in no time. 


Riot criticized for picking Ninja & Myth as “exclusive” Valorant co-streamers

Published: 1/Dec/2020 13:52 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 14:51

by Lauren Bergin


Valorant First Strike NA has become one of the fiercest competitions that we’ve seen in Future Earth’s short history. Valorant fans, however, aren’t pleased that Ninja and TSM Myth will be the only two streamers allowed to stream the tournament.

Valorant’s First Strike NA tournament has been one of the most hotly contested of the game’s global tournaments. There’s been upsets, crazy plays and a whole host of amazing competitive Valorant play for fans to sink their teeth into.

With the final leg of the NA tournament on the horizon, Riot Games have decided to grant exclusive co-streamer status to only two lucky personalities: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Bevins and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani of TSM.

The announcement has fallen slightly flat, however, and fans aren’t particularly thrilled over Riot’s choice of streamers.

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Valorant First Strike has been the biggest Valorant event to date.

Ninja & Myth are First Strike co-streamers

Riot Games announced on November 30 that Twitch goliaths Ninja and TSM Myth would be “exclusive co-streamers” of the First Strike: NA main event.

The news of an ‘exclusive’ co-streaming deal with the two content creators left a lot of fans and fellow streamers somewhat unpleased. It led to a plethora of Tweets and Reddit threads dedicated to discussion around whether or not it’s fair to grant exclusivity to these two personalities.

Fans hit back

The main element of this situation that has left fans disgruntled is the idea of Ninja and Myth being granted exclusivity to the First Strike stream. This means that any other streamers who planned on streaming the event won’t be able to.

Twitch streamer mOE responded with surprise that other streamers wouldn’t be able to stream the event:

A Tweet from another fan called for the inclusion of the Overwatch League’s Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson to the lineup. The caster hosts a weekly podcast called Plat Chat on YouTube, which is entirely dedicated to Valorant. He also streams frequently, so it would make a lot of sense to include him in the exclusive co-streamer list:

Some fans were so unimpressed that they took their concerns to Reddit, where a lengthy post on the ValorantCompetitive subreddit sees fans express their disappointment.

The thread, started by u/AnOldMonkOnDMT, notes that Ninja’s ‘polarizing personality’ coupled with TSM Myth’s ‘preference for TSM’ makes the idea of watching their co-streams unappealing.

Exclusive Co Streams for First Strike NA from r/ValorantCompetitive

The comments echo this:

Dexerto has reached out to Riot Games for comment.

Typically, esports tournaments will prevent streamers from ‘co-streaming’ to avoid diverting viewership from the official broadcast.