Valorant

Riot suing Valorant cheat maker for costing them millions

Published: 12/Jan/2021 11:43

by Connor Bennett

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Riot Games appear to be cracking down on cheaters after teaming up with Bungie to sue a popular cheating website that sells hacks for Valorant, among plenty of other games. 

Cheating in multiplayer games is not a new phenomenon. Players are always looking to get an upper-hand – be it through an in-game exploit that is on the devs to patch out, or be it through outside help like hacks. 

With Valorant, Riot Games took their anti-cheat software to the next level with the Vanguard system, which should end games as soon as a cheater is discovered. However, plenty slip through the cracks, and games can be ruined by a hacker. 

Yet, it looks like the League of Legends publishers have grown tired of cheats ruining games, as they’ve teamed up with Bungie to take on GatorCheats – a popular website that sells cheats for a whole library of games. 

Valorant anti-cheat Vanguard
Riot Games
Riot made bold claims about the capabilities of their anti-cheat systems.

According to the complaint, which was first obtained by Polygon, both Riot and Bungie are arguing that the damage done by cheats “may amount to millions of dollars” in harm.

This is because, as they argue, the games make money through microtransactions and having a large player base. Having some of that player base turned off because they’ve had negative experiences against cheaters, damages the publisher’s chances at making the game successful.

“Riot is wholly committed to upholding these values for its players, so when we become aware of a cheat maker, you bet we’re going to go after them,” a Riot rep said to Polygon.

Riot, Bungie lawsuit by Polygondotcom

Additionally, there isn’t the first time that either of these publishers have gone after the website in question. The complaint notes that Bungie issued the website with a cease and desist – an order to stop disturbing the cheats – back in November.

The website was also hit with a case from Activision over Call of Duty: Warzone cheats. 

The lawsuit is a fair way off reaching court, but the GatorCheats website has since been stripped bare – now having an “under construction” message.

We’ll have to wait and see as to whether or not the developers get what they want, or if the cheats end up being distributed elsewhere. Only time will tell.

Apex Legends

Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage make surprise return to Apex Legends

Published: 15/Jan/2021 20:15

by Theo Salaun

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In an impromptu update, Respawn Entertainment have delighted Apex Legends fans by bringing back both the Kings Canyon map and the Mirage Voyage point of interest for a limited time.

The Apex community lit up with a blend of surprise and joy when users logged onto the popular battle royale and found out that Kings Canyon was reintroduced to the game’s playlist options. As an added bonus, the game’s most infamous party boat, the Mirage Voyage, also spontaneously re-emerged as a landing spot.

A common emotional accompaniment to surprise is confusion and this geographical return was not lacking in either, according to Twitter reactions. The option to play on Kings Row was originally speculated to be a mistake because the playlist choice was only showing up for some players and mysteriously appearing then disappearing for others. 

But, following an official announcement from the Apex Legends Twitter account, it’s confirmed that the returns of Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage are no mistake. In fact, they will be around for a full week.

Echoing the enthusiasm of their fans, Apex’s social media account delivered the news with a simple nod to jubilations: “It’s party time.”

And, as fans have been discovering in the brief time the map’s been made available, there are some tweaks to Kings Canyon and Mirage Voyage this time around — including some notable teasers and easter eggs. 

In one such piece of subtle content, there is a voicemail left to Mirage by his mother, Evelyn Witt, which can be found on a phone or tablet device that’s been left on one of the boat’s green couches. While it’s not a groundbreaking piece of lore, it does add to the game’s longrunning storylines.

This marks the first time since August 2020 that Mirage Voyage is available to contest in Apex Legends and the first time ever that it has sailed into Kings Canyon instead of World’s Edge. This blend of returns is both a chance for nostalgia and for content overlap.

Although the new playlist option will only be available until January 21, fans will be curious to know if this means Respawn intends on continuing to spontaneously bring back limited playlist offerings in the future.