Valorant Making Anti-Cheat Changes After Player Outcry

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Riot’s new shooter Valorant pissed a lot of people off recently with what was perceived as a heavy-handed approach to cheat protection. A new update to the game will make some of that easier for players to manage.


In a Reddit post that leads with “While we normally don’t plan on documenting changes to Vanguard”, indicating just how much this blew up amongst the game’s community, Riot have announced some changes to the Vanguard anti-cheat system that two weeks ago the company were content to defend as it was.

The biggest change addresses player’s biggest concern, that Vanguard was always running in the background on your system, regardless of whether you were playing Valorant or not. Players will now be able to disable Vanguard at any time, on the proviso that you can’t play the game without it, and that if you uninstall it the program (which is now easier to do thanks to a new system tray icon) will be reinstalled the second you fire up the game.

There’s also an explanation as to why in some instances Vanguard isn’t playing nice with software that’s already installed on your PC, while stressing “Most players will never run into such a scenario”.

These changes have been implemented “as of today”.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs



Well the game’s gonna die pretty quick with cheating then but, maybe it would regardless of the anti-cheat’s presence. I know once it’s turned off you need to reboot before you can play again, but I’m sure this opens up some loopholes

Riot does really well with anti-cheat in LoL, but it’s far easier and far more effective to cheat in shooters and I wonder if they’re really up for the task.