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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.
Riot Games
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.”


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
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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.