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Valorant dev reveals second CSGO-style anti-cheat coming post-launch

Published: 21/Apr/2020 3:25

by Andrew Amos


Valorant’s Vanguard anti-cheat won’t be the only thing stopping hackers in Riot’s new FPS title. Players will be able to ban hackers themselves, with Riot set on implementing a system like CS:GO’s Overwatch in Valorant post-launch.

Stopping cheaters from ruining games is an eternal struggle. However, Riot are committed to shutting it down in multiple ways with Valorant.

If their kernel-level anti-cheat, Vanguard, won’t shut hackers out of games, then Riot have a few more tricks up their sleeve.

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Valorant’s anti-cheat has been touted as one of the best on the FPS market.

They are taking inspiration from other games, and looking to bring players on board to help keep cheaters out of Valorant.

Valorant anti-cheat developer Paul ‘Arkem’ Chamberlain has mentioned that Riot is looking at implementing CS:GO’s Overwatch system in the game, but there’s a few hurdles to overcome.

“I definitely like CS:GO’s Overwatch system,” Arkem said on a April 20 Reddit post. “We’re hoping to build something like it, but it won’t be ready for the launch of our Ranked mode, and will have to wait until we’ve built a replay system.”


Counter-Strike’s Overwatch system works by taking player reports, and sending replay files through to trusted users to analyze. They are completely anonymized, and you only get to watch gameplay from the perspective of “The Suspect.”

If a player gets enough guilty verdicts on Overwatch, they receive a ban. Overwatch users also get rewarded, with Valve issuing cases to players after a certain number, and ratio, of convictions.

A system like this though needs replays to look back onto, and that’s not something Valorant has yet. However, it’s on the horizon, and players might not have to wait too long to get another way to shut down cheaters.

CS:GO’s Overwatch system gives players the chance to analyze and ban cheaters.

Vanguard has come under criticism from players, after it was discovered the Valorant anti-cheat was always running in the background, even if you didn’t have the game open.

While Riot has assured players that it’s not a safety risk, the community has demanded Riot change it to only operate when Valorant is running.

Regardless of whether Riot changes Vanguard or not, it seems that they are committed to hunt down and banning cheaters ⁠— and they’re using every resource available to do so.


Cloud9 signs first all-female Valorant esports roster

Published: 25/Oct/2020 22:12

by Bill Cooney


Cloud9 has officially announced they’ve signed one of the first all-female Valorant teams in the game’s esports community: C9White.

Teams the world over have been signing players for Riot’s new FPS left and right but no professional org had signed an all-female squad, until Cloud9’s latest announcement broke on October 25.

In a tweet, the org announced Alexis ‘alexis‘ Guarrasi, Annie ‘AnnieDro‘ Roberts, Jasmine ‘Jazzyk1ns‘ Manankil, Melanie ‘meL‘ Capone, and ‘katsumi‘ – who have all played together before – as the five faces of C9White.

Kristin Salvatore, senior vice president of marketing at Cloud9, told GamesBeat in an interview that both the org’s female and male Valorant squads will play in the same league, practice together, and scrim against one another.

“We have two competitive teams,” Salvatore said in the interview. “And our goal is to actually have one competitive team that has the best players on it.”

Ideally, this would be a mix of both male and female pros, something that would be a first for a top-tier Valorant program, and a combination that we have rarely seen in esports at all.

One parallel that could be drawn is Se-yeon ‘Geguri‘ Kim of the Shanghai Dragons in the Overwatch League, but one female bench player on a roster is a far cry from an all-female team or a main club that gives six different women a chance to crack its starting lineup.

As mentioned earlier, all five members of C9White have played together before – on an unsponsored team named MAJKL. They ended up finishing in the 5th – 8th spot at the Counter Logic Gaming Blitz Open Cup, and, later on, got first place at the all-female FTW Summer Showdown tournament in September.

The lineup will play their first matches under the blue C9 banner just a day after the official announcement, at Riot’s First Strike tournament qualifiers starting on Monday, October 26.

It’s no secret that esports organizations are trying to appeal more to the female demographic and get more girls involved in gaming. There is an ongoing effort to break gendered stereotypes in the industry and, from a capitalist lens, their money does spend just as well as males after all. So it will be very interesting to see how this ends up working out for the newly minted pros on C9White.