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Riot unveils Vanguard as newest anti-cheat system for VALORANT

Riot is making sure no stones are left unturned with their new FPS title.

A good anti-cheat system is always important when it comes to shooter games, and Riot Games apparently realized that with its new title VALORANT.

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The developers behind League of Legends are making sure that its first foray into the FPS genre won’t be plagued with hackers with the introduction of Vanguard, it’s newest anti-cheat system.

Vanguard is owned and developed by Riot as its primary shield against hackers once VALORANT releases later this year. It is a cheat detection tool that allows for “consistently evolving detection methods” that will ban cheaters right when they are found.

If a player is found to be cheating, the game will instantly end for all participants—a loss forgiven will also be applied for everyone in the game lobby, while the cheater will be banned on the spot. This system should control the number of cheaters within the game, whether its the game’s opening week or we’re months past its release.

VALORANT will also feature an in-engine “fog-of-war” system that will prevent players from seeing opposing players’ locations until line-of-sight contact is made—this new feature should help combat against wallhackers.

Although Vanguard does sound like a good step in a direction that Riot will need to continue working on for years to come, they’ll need to make sure that only the bad players get punished. Not every anti-cheat is perfect. Vanguard will have to be able to discern certain situations from one another in order to prevent any unlucky players from getting wrongfully banned.

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Tyler Esguerra
Lead League of Legends writer for Dot Esports. Forever an LCS supporter, AD carry main, with more than five years in the industry. Sometimes I like clicking heads in Call of Duty or VALORANT. Creator of the Critical Strike Podcast.