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Valorant dev responds to claims that anti-cheat system is too “invasive”

Published: 13/Apr/2020 11:08 Updated: 13/Apr/2020 11:21

by Andy Williams


Valorant players were left confused by Riot’s “invasive” anti-cheat systems, so a lead developer on the game’s security systems has cleared the air on exactly how Vanguard works.

Valorant’s development team have been open about their pledge to tackle cheaters head-on with their complex anti-cheat systems ever since the game was teased as ‘Project A’ as part of League of Legends’ 10-year anniversary event.

Taking down online gaming’s final boss is no easy feat, and by that logic, Riot have completely overhauled their approach with Valorant — and at the forefront of that is Vanguard.

Volcano working on Riot Games' Valorant..
Riot Games
Valorant’s servers will hold no prisoners and will invoke strict punishment should hacks be found in-game.

Vanguard is a uniquely designed bit of software that is required for Valorant to run. It’s objective is to detect cheats, with its algorithm evolving as the game develops. Riot has previously noted that any game with a cheater detected will end immediately and be forgiven for all other players.

Although concerns have emerged in regards to how Vanguard operates on user’s PCs, with players specifically querying why it runs while you’re not playing the tactical shooter.

“The kernel anticheat driver (vgk.sys) starts when you turn your computer on,” one Redditor posted. “I don’t really care for it running when I don’t even have the game open. So right now, I have got to change the sys file’s name and back when I want to play, and restart my computer.”

Anticheat starts upon computer boot from VALORANT

Given the number of upvotes their post had received, a Valorant dev clarified the exact logistics of Vanguard and how it operates in their response comment.

Riot’s anti-cheat lead, Paul ‘Arkem’ Chamberlain, clarified why Vanguard is required to run during the system startup, explaining that it makes it more difficult for cheaters to tamper with the anti-cheat programme.

Riot's Arkem responding on Reddit.

Moreover, Chamberlain added that the software “does not collect or send any information about your computer back to us” and that it utilizes the bare minimum in terms of system resources.

Another Redditor chose to clarify how Riot’s anti-cheat operates in response, where they described Vanguard as “deeply invasive” while explaining that “there really isn’t a viable alternative solution,” should players want an effective anti-cheat system.

Redditor commenting on a Reddit thread.

Given that Vanguard isn’t monitoring players’ data while Valorant isn’t active and that the software utilizes as little system resources as possible, surely these are an amicable price to pay in exchange for a guaranteed level playing field?

Only time will tell if Vanguard (plus all of Riot’s additional anti-cheat measures) will be an effective counter against tactical shooters’ biggest enemy.


Valorant pros ShahZam and WARDELL spark feud over “rats” comment

Published: 29/Oct/2020 13:45

by Lauren Bergin


Former CS:GO players turned Valorant pros Sentinels ShahZam and TSM WARDELL have had a fiery exchange over Twitter. 

Even at the highest level of esports, trash talk remains common between the big name players, contributing to in-game rivalries that spice up any match.

There’s some age old rivalries between esports organizations like G2 Esports and Fnatic, never mind within the player base itself. Although sometimes these rivalries stay lighthearted, they can ignite and start a real feud.

This is exactly what appears to have happened between former CS:GO pros turned Valorant stars Shahzeb ‘ShahZam’ Khan of Sentinels and Matt ‘WARDELL’ Yu of TSM.

The TSM player gave the video a fiery reaction.

WARDELL responds to ShahZam video

The fiery exchange began when the Sentinels posted a short clip of ShahZam talking about his feelings towards TSM. With ShahZam stating that be believes Sentinels have more consistency than TSM, admitting that he does “like to seem them lose,” the video received a knee-jerk response from the TSM player.

WARDELL hit back with a slamming criticism of the video, writing “who knew rats can talk? LMAO.” ShahZam quickly followed up with a defence of his team, stating that the video was old and asking WARDELL “why are you so mad?”

This, however, just ignited the fire more. WARDELL promptly responded to ShahZam by making fun of the player’s hair, stating that ‘it’s not silver, it’s platinum’ to which ShahZam playfully accused the TSM player as ‘having a crush’ on him.

Banter gone wrong?

A lot of fans chalked the exchange up as trash talk and banter, but others were unsure considering the genuine surprise that ShahZam appeared to show in his first tweet.

Either way, the feud has sparked a more intense rivalry between the already battling teams; a rivalry that may be settled on the battlefield of the NA First Strike tournament. It would be great to see Sentinels and TSM face off once more and settle their long established rivalry, so fingers crossed we finally get that rematch.