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Riot reveals new plans for Valorant’s “invasive” 24/7 anti-cheat program

Published: 28/Apr/2020 4:47

by Brad Norton


Valorant’s anti-cheat approach has been the source of much controversy since the Closed Beta launched, but Riot Games is now making its “invasive” system much more flexible.

Since the release of the Closed Beta on April 7, select regions have been jumping into Riot’s new game and growing familiar with the record-shattering first-person shooter. The new title instantly deploys a new anti-cheat program referred to as ‘Vanguard,’ however, and fans have been less than pleased.


This program remains running even when you’re not playing the game. After a great deal of criticism, Riot has implemented a new change that allows players to bypass the 24/7 anti-cheat measure.

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Valorant’s player-base should have a simpler time disabling the anti-cheat software when out of the game.

Changes coming to Valorant’s Vanguard system

The next time that you open Valorant, the Vanguard system will appear with an icon in your computer’s system tray. Thanks to this visible icon, you’ll now be able to shut the program down with greater ease than before. 


Simply right-clicking the icon will allow you to disable the feature. Players now also have the option to outright uninstall Vanguard every time they close the game as well. Upon reopening the title, the anti-cheat system will automatically be reinstalled.

This provides much more flexibility than before, where the system would be constantly running in the background. Deemed as “deeply invasive” by the community, these new measures should give players a little more peace of mind knowing that the system can be removed while not playing the game.

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A look at how quick and easy it is to uninstall Vanguard.

Addressing Valorant anti-cheat concern.

Upon introducing the new options, Riot Games Senior Software Engineer Nemi, outlined how “Vanguard will be able to provide better competitive integrity and a more secure environment for all players.”


“We want to operate at the highest possible standard for our players so they never have to question whether or not they lost to a cheater,” he said. “In order to do that, we’re going to operate at the cutting edge for anti-cheat on Valorant.”

While always having a system running in the background, even when Valorant isn’t open, has clearly left a bitter taste in the community, Riot appears adamant that it is necessary. These new options to disable the system should alleviate some of the concern.

“We’re not selling your data to China,” the developer jokingly concluded, addressing one of the more prominent theories due to Riot’s Tencent ownership.

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Vanguard should now be less invasive due to these changes.

A secondary measure, similar to the likes of CSGO’s Overwatch feature, is supposedly coming to Valorant once the game has released. Further bolstering the anti-cheat systems in place. 

For the time being though, devious players already managed to find a way through the current Vanguard program just two days into the beta.


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
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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
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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
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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.