Valorant’s new anti-cheat system blocks legitimate apps

By Cian Maher, Tuesday, 28 April 2020 15:38 GMT

The new Valorant anti-cheat system, Vanguard, blocks legitimate apps even when Valorant isn’t running.

Players have taken to social media to express their concerns about the Valorant anti-cheat system disabling other apps on their computer. One Twitter user posted a screenshot of Vanguard blocking another app from loading on their PC, which you can see below.

The same thread contains information about the pop-up that prompts players to reconsider whether or not they want to disable Vanguard, even though doing so is the only way of reaccessing the apps it is restricting.

The reasoning provided in the pop-up window says that these are necessary precautions designed to “maintain competitive integrity in [Riot’s] games.” It also mentions that opting out places your system in an untrusted state, and you will be unable to regain access to Valorant until you have rebooted your computer and re-enabled Vanguard.

Riot posted an official response to the situation on Reddit, but said post has been received with a certain degree of flak, primarily for trivializing valid concerns about personal security and app blocking by posing hypothetical questions in cutesy and innocuous ways.

The post itself notes that Riot is “trying very hard to minimize the amount of software [it] blocks using Vanguard.”

“Most players will never run into such a scenario,” it continues. “Vanguard will always notify you if it blocks or modifies anything on your system. We believe in transparency.” However, these clarifications have yet to quell concerns, with players listing a variety of apps that shouldn’t be blocked by Vanguard but, for some reason, have been.

Although the post is informative in terms of self-diagnosing issues arising from Vanguard’s activity, it also contains several strange and offbeat comments about people “willing to solder a computer part from Siberia to cheat,” and at one point mentions that, “No, we’re not selling your data to China.” These comments only serve to accentuate the aforementioned point about trivial responses to legitimate public concern further dismissing the severity of people attempting to address their own personal computer safety.

Recent concerns aside, Riot seems serious when it comes to the practical side of maintaining a stalwart anti-cheat system, offering bounties of up to $100,000 to players who report exploits in the Valorant anti-cheat software. On top of this, Valorant team members have been transparent about why Vanguard needs to run even when you aren’t playing.

If you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, check out some Valorant gameplay.

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