Riot Games offering up to $100,000 to help them stop Valorant cheaters

Published: 18/Apr/2020 13:54

by Calum Patterson


Riot Games, developers of League of Legends and new FPS game Valorant, are offering large cash rewards for anyone who can identify crucial flaws in their anti-cheat system, Vanguard.

Valorant uses a new anti-cheat system called Vanguard, which has caused controversy among players after it was discovered it runs immediately from start-up on users’ systems.

This is done to avoid would-be cheaters loading up hacks before the anti-cheat protections have initialized. This ensures that the client “has not been tampered with” and any “untrusted machines” cannot play Valorant at all.

Valorant's in-built anti-cheat system.
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Riot Games have pledged to tackle one of online gaming’s biggest issues with their anti-cheat software.

This caused debate, as there were concerns that the anti-cheat was too invasive, running constantly in the background even when not playing Valorant.

Riot trumpeted their plans to combat all forms of hacking and cheating prior to the release of the closed beta, but it didn’t take long for the inevitable to happen, and on day three the first account was banned.

$100K to help Riot tackle cheaters

In their battle to stop cheaters, Riot Games are now offering up to $100,000 to anyone who can provide “high-quality reports that demonstrate practical exploits leveraging the Vanguard kernel driver.”

Some big bounties are on offer if you can help Riot in their quest to rid Valorant of hackers.

The bounty is being offered on HackerOne, a platform where developers can ask for the help of experienced techie’s to expose flaws in their security, with some money to be made.

Riot’s offering of $100,000 is absurdly large, at least by the standards of other game devs. Kotaku reports that Nintendo, for example, offered up to a maximum of $20,000 for finding flaws with the 3DS and Switch consoles. Rockstar Games offer up to $10,000 for tip-offs on GTA’s and Red Dead Redemption’s anti-cheat.

If you reckon it’s something you could help with, Riot has given some tips for what is required in the reports to increase your chance of earning the bounty. These include “easy-to-follow reproduction steps” and not accessing or modifying any player data, if it is inadvertently stumbled upon.

It’s also important that any findings are not disclosed publicly or to anyone outside of Riot, otherwise becoming ineligible for the bounty reward. The minimum on offer is $250, and the basic criteria is “if Riot has to implement a code change to fix the security bug, it most likely qualifies for a bounty.”


Exclusive interview: GeT RiGhT announces Twitch switch from CSGO

Published: 16/Jan/2021 15:00 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 15:03

by Lauren Bergin


Christopher ‘GeT_RiGhT’ Alesund has announced his departure from professional Counter-Strike, as he moves to Twitch streaming full-time. 

2021 has just got started and Sweden are already stealing the show. Just days after PGL announced the Stockholm Major, GeT_RiGhT has decided to call time on his legendary competitive career.

During an exclusive interview with Dexerto, the 30-year-old discusses the career highs and lows, his battle with Crohn’s disease and what the future holds for the Swedish titan.

GeT_RiGhT interview

GeT_RiGhT & f0rest: End of an era

f0rest and GeT_RiGhT hugging
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Counter-Strike’s dynamic duo is no more.

The Swede has a CS legacy like no other, but an integral part of those wins and losses was his partnership with countryman Patrik ‘f0rest’ Lindberg. The two share a long list of tournament wins together, including the coveted Major.

The two Counter-Strike behemoths have played together for over a decade, and it’s clear that the end of this partnership is one of the most emotional aspects of GeT_RiGhT’s retirement.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, but at the same time, it’s been a beautiful ride.” Alesund goes on to describe their partnership as “the biggest highlight” of his career.

CSGO & Crohn’s: A battle worth fighting

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GeT_RiGhT’s battle with Crohn’s is a perplexing one.

It may shock a lot of people, but GeT RiGhT describes living with the disease as being “one of the best things that ever happened” to him, as well as one of the worst ones.

He describes his lifelong battle with the stomach pain that accompanies the illness, but goes on to explain that he’s thankful, as the official diagnosis brought with it a sense of both physical and mental relief.

In terms of playing CS, however, he describes it as “horrible.” The associated pain, alongside weight and blood loss meant that focusing on the game became a trial all in its own. After asking himself whether it was worth risking his health, his response shows a mixed bag of emotions. “Yes and no really,” he admitted, as the pro player life and its fandom are always worth it, but the two day bedridden recovery period certainly has left a scar.

GeT_RiGhT: Twitch streaming & beyond

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What’s next for GeT_RiGhT? We can’t wait to find out.

It’s important to note that the Swedish legend will not be leaving CS. He sees the game as home, explaining: “I grew up in the scene and I’ll do anything it takes to help it grow.”

While he admits he can’t go into exact details about his future plans, he sees Twitch and content creation as a “competition on another level,” as he explores a plethora of games such as League of Legends and Warzone with more creative freedom.

GeT_RiGhT explored his excitement for Valorant, but clarified that he’s “not going to become a professional Valorant player.” With that said, he does believe that the game “has huge potential to overtake CS:GO” at some point in down the line.

Throughout this entire interview, you get a sense that the Valorant pro (sorry Chris, we had to) is in the best place he’s ever been. We’ll be excited to see where his streaming career takes him, whether it’s Riot’s Future Earth or otherwise. So keep an eye out, he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!