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Riot Games unveil new Valorant ban system coming soon

Published: 7/Jul/2020 1:11

by Alan Bernal


A new system will be introduced in Valorant that will notify cheaters they have been banned from the game, and Riot expect the update to roll out soon.

Cheaters have been a constant issue for Riot with titles spanning their catalogue including Valorant, League of Legends, and more. The studio has been taking a more direct approach to its anti-cheat system that severely punishes those it catches.

It’s an extreme direction to be sure, and one that’s drawn immense criticism over Vanguard’s kernel-level drivers, but the devs are sticking with it to ensure the most security they can manage for their tactical shooter.

Since then, Riot have been able to snuff out thousands of cheaters from their game, but now they’re going to implement a notification post that will tell people why they’ve been banned and for what reason.

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Riot’s new system will notify cheaters that they’ve been banned and for what reason.

“Our platform team has put in a new system [that] will be going live soon,” Valorant Game Director Joe Ziegler said. “[It] will inform players if they have been banned and for what reason when they log in.”

Along with the announcement, Ziegler posted an image of what it would look like to have one of these notifications pop on your screen.

While the example was adjusted to indicate a permanent ban, this could also be applied “with appropriate wording” depending on the cause for a suspension.


The pop-up prompt will redirect people to “learn more about third-party software” that Vanguard does not allow – which would probably be the reason they were banned in the first place.

On July 2, Riot announced another wave of bans due to their system which left 3707 accounts barred from logging onto Valorant, according to Principal Anti-Cheat Engineer Phillip Koskinas.

It’s unclear if those accounts got a similar message, but the next installment of punishments will now tack on a displayed message for those affected, which will let them know exactly why they’ve been ousted from Valorant.

Riot’s saga against cheaters has been a long and winding road – especially with the implementation of ‘soul bans‘ – which they hope to get a better hold of as the company continues to develop and improve its prized and popular new first person shooter.


Riot gives update on Valorant ranked leaderboards ahead of Episode 2

Published: 21/Oct/2020 6:02

by Andrew Amos


Riot has given Valorant players an update on the game’s ranked leaderboards ahead of the release of Episode 2. While there’s currently no ETA on the project, they aim to have it out in the next major release.

Public leaderboards have been one of the most-requested features in Valorant. Ranked grinders have really had nothing to play for other than their triangles, and once the best players hit Radiant, there’s really nothing going for them.

Leaderboards have been touted as one possible solution to Valorant’s ranked problem. It gives players something to grind for, motivating them to try and hit and hold Rank 1 ⁠— or whatever their goal may be.

Riot has dodged the topic on a number of occasions, but the conversation came back into the limelight on October 20 after the developers shared a number of regional leaderboards. They showcased the top 100 players across North America, Europe, and more.

While their leaderboards were lacking metrics like MMR and otherwise, it was the first real taste of what it could look like in Valorant.

The regional leaderboards piqued the community’s interest in Riot potentially turning around and dropping the feature in game ahead of Episode 2 ⁠— the next major update.

However, lead developer Joe Ziegler has tempered those expectations.

“For those of you who want leaderboards in game, we’re currently working on that feature. We don’t have an ETA yet, but we are working on it. Will update you when we get closer to landing it,” he told players on Twitter.

It comes after Riot teased “a public, region-based leaderboard” was on its way in their Act 3 Competitive Changes preview. However, they didn’t put a time on it ⁠— just the fact they’ve started work on it.

They also teased what the leaderboard could look like potentially, including a Top 500 section for Radiant players, and breaking down what the ladder looked like during each Act. It’s a similar system to Overwatch’s ranked ladder.

Top 500 ranked leaderboard in Valorant
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Riot has showcased a prototype of in-game leaderboards before.

So, if you’re hanging out for leaderboards, they’re just around the corner.

For now though, keep grinding, and you never know ⁠— you could find yourself highlighted in the Top 100, or Top 500, once they actually launch.