Riot reveals new plans for Valorant's "invasive" 24/7 anti-cheat program - Dexerto

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.


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!