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Riot sends secret message to Valorant hackers using Vanguard

Published: 18/Jul/2020 14:06 Updated: 18/Jul/2020 15:01

by Andy Williams


Riot Games have embedded the ultimate job advert within Valorant, as they seek to take their first-person shooter’s competitive integrity to the next level.

Riot have been vocal in their stance against cheating in Valorant. With the aim to take the competitive integrity of the FPS genre to new heights, the dev team have been committed to tackling hackers head-on.


By implementing systems like ‘Fog of War’ and Vanguard, they have the perfect tools for the job, if they plan on creating a level playing field for all players in Future Earth.

Although, by announcing their intentions to take down cheaters once and for all, Riot are almost goading hackers into trying to get one over the system which have been put in place — especially considering that they’ve offered a sizable lump of cash should hackers find specific flaws in their anti-cheat.

Bounty listings for hackers in Valorant.
Riot have offered up to $100,000, should someone be able to compromise their security measures.

Riot Games recruiting hackers from within

Now, it appears that Riot are taking their defense against cheaters to the next level, by urging those capable of penetrating their anti-cheat to apply for jobs on their careers page, per Vice’s report. Complete with ASCII art of the Riot Games logo, the message reads:

“Protected by packman, a Riot Games product. Developed with <3 by the Anti-Cheat team. We’re always hiring talented individuals. If you’ve found this message, we implore you to take a look at our jobs page and see if anything catches your interest:”

Found in both the anti-cheat and anti-tamper programmes associated with Valorant, the message is an attempt to recruit from the other side of the fence, in a bid to try and make Future Earth a safer place to frag out.

ASCII message within Valorant's anti-cheat.
Riot Games
Hackers that are capable of finding this message are encouraged to apply for a job at Riot Games.

Of course, given the bounty that has been previously offered for those capable of tackling the seemingly impenetrable layers of security behind Valorant, it might be a while before the applications come flooding in.

Although, one thing’s for sure… Riot are standing firm in their stance against cheaters. With the developers even taking the liberty of pausing the recent Ignition Series tournament amid suspicions that one of the teams used cheats during the qualifier tournament.


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
Riot Games
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.