Riot reveal Valorant features: High tick-rate, anti-cheat & more

Published: 3/Mar/2020 18:00

by Andy Williams


Riot Games have vowed to “evolve” the FPS genre with Valorant and it appears that the developers are taking all of the right steps to make that happen.

Riot’s 5v5 character-based tactical shooter has hit the ground running after dropping a gameplay teaser trailer on March 2.

Valorant’s alpha version has received an abundance of praise from playtesters and fans alike, and the developer’s pledge to mitigate cheating, alongside their commitment to providing a level playing field has got plenty of esports fans excited.

Riot Games' Valorant gameplay on Bind.
Riot Games
Valorant will launch as a free-to-play title in Summer 2020.

Valorant tick-rate

Riot have been vocal about their efforts to “ensuring a high-fidelity gameplay experience” in their free-to-play title.

As part of their mission to achieve that, they are including: “dedicated 128-tick servers for all players; a global spread of data centers and a custom-built netcode in pursuit of precise hit registration.”

Alongside improving the player experience tenfold, Riot are also incorporating “proprietary anti-cheat prevention and detection from day one.”

Volcano working on Riot Games' Valorant..
Riot Games
Former CS:GO map designer Volcano is one of the Senior Game Designers behind Valorant

Valorant’s server quality and infrastructure

Riot have promised to do their bit to fight ‘peeker’s advantage,’ a common crux to fast-paced shooter games where an attacking player can sometimes see (and shoot) a defending player before the defending player can react, due to poor or low-quality network and server issues.

How, you might ask? Riot have been working with Internet Service Providers since 2014 to create ‘Riot Direct’ — a global network with points of presence in 25 cities around the world.

This means that at least 70% of Valorant’s global player base will have 35ms ping or less (if you’re based in a major city).

To top it off, Riot have guaranteed 128-tick servers for everyone, right from the get-go, which upsamples player movement to 128 frames per second.

So even if your opponent is lagging due to a poor internet connection, Valorant servers will automatically upscale their movement to be silky smooth so you don’t have to suffer the consequences. All of this, completely free of charge.

Netcode in Valorant.
Riot Games
Riot Games are looking to minimize latency.

Valorant anti-cheat systems

Riot have also promised to take down the final boss of online gaming — hackers. To do this, they have incorporated several techniques, which (when combined) provide the ultimate resistance to hackers.

One of the biggest hacks in an FPS is wallhacking. So Riot has an in-built wallhack-resistant ‘Fog of War’ system, which “omits player locations until just before line of sight contact.”

Alongside taking wallhacks out of the equation, all Valorant games are what’s been dubbed ‘server-authoritative.’ This means the server framework is end-to-end controlled exclusively by Riot, so no third party server queries can be made — preventing things like speed hacks happening.

The icing on the cake is that Valorant will make use of League of Legends’ anti-tamper system, complemented by a brand-new anti-cheat platform called Vanguard.

On the face of it, this is a uniquely designed algorithm that is designed to detect cheats and evolve as the game develops. Riot says that “any game with a cheater detected will be ended immediately and forgiven for all other players.”

Valorant's in-built anti-cheat system.
Riot Games
Valorant’s servers will hold no prisoners and will invoke strict punishment should hacks be found in-game.

Alongside all of Valorant’s efforts to reduce cheating in the shooter realm, the character-based shooter will run on a relatively low-specification machine, which means that the vast majority of the PC Master Race will be able to get their hands on the title from day one.

So while Riot’s Valorant might not be there to take the crown of other leading FPS on the market, it is certainly setting the bar for the competition.

It’s no wonder why players all around the world are eager to get their hands on the tactical shooter in Summer 2020.


How to watch Valorant Red Bull Home Ground: Stream, schedule & more

Published: 21/Jan/2021 15:50 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 16:33

by Alan Bernal


Red Bull’s Valorant Home Ground invitational is bringing a new format to Future Earth. Europe’s best teams will go head-to-head for the first time in 2021 to compete for the lion’s share of $29,000.

  • Teams like G2 Esports, Team Liquid & more competing
  • Cash prize pool of $29,000
  • Teams select their favored map as their ‘home ground’ for the event

Valorant’s esports scene has been quiet for too long, so when Red Bull: Home Ground was announced with some of Europe’s best teams, the excitement soon snowballed.

Revolutionizing how matches unfold, Red Bull have added introduced the concept of ‘home ground’ advantage to Valorant. Teams select their own preferred map before the event kicks off, and that will act as their permanent pick for the event.

Red Bull Home Ground: Stream

The event will be streamed via Red Bull’s official Twitch channel, where they will also upload VODs of the action after it unfolds.

Red Bull Home Ground: Format & schedule

An open qualifier will run from January 23-24, where one team will battle for a chance to face Europe’s best.

From here, the main event will unfold between January 28-31, where the qualifier will battle it out against the other teams listed below.

Each match is a best-of-five, unless a team wins on both their map choice and the opponents (dubbed their ‘home ground’) — therefore ending the series at 2-0.

As soon as the times are locked in, the schedule will be right here for you.

Red Bull Home Ground: Teams

Event favorites G2 Esports will be debuting with their new fifth member, Aleksander ‘zeek’ Zygmunt. Meanwhile, Ninjas in Pyjamas will be looking to cause an upset with former CS:GO pro, Kevin ‘Ex6TenZ’ Droolans.

Team Players
G2 Esports Ardiis Mixwell paTiTek pyth zeek
Team Liquid ec1s Kyyptix L1NK ScreaM soulcas
Ninjas in Pyjamas rhyme CREA chiwawa Jady Ex6TenZ
SUMN FC Boaster doma Mistic Moe40 tsack
Futbolist marqnue mag0o mojj SasuKe STERBEN
Guild Esports bonkar Yacine ziz draken Sayf
Special Guest x x x x x
Open Qualifier  x x x x x