On announcing VALORANT, devs from Riot Games touted a robust system to prevent the rampant cheating seen in other FPS games.
With the wider release of the VALORANT Closed Beta, players and the media began to question how the anti-cheat system works and why it runs in kernel-mode in
To address the calls for more information, Riot provided details in a recent blog post. Members of the Riot Security and Privacy teams did a deep dive into technical aspects of its anti-cheat system, Vanguard.
Riot described it’s philosophy around security and privacy, with the ultimate goal of ensuring competitive integrity. Cheaters in other games have gone to great lengths, running high privilege level cheats that access memory directly.
To battle these efforts, Vanguard has to run in kernel-mode to validate the integrity of the system and prevent high privilege level cheats from being effective.
Riot’s Security and Privacy teams state, “we wouldn’t work here if we didn’t deeply care about player trust and privacy and believe that Riot feels the same way.”
No one wants their game experience ruined by cheaters, but gamers also want to ensure their privacy and system security are maintained. Riot’s transparency and detailed technical explanation, again, reinforces the strength of their communication when it comes to addressing the concerns of the VALORANT community.
Read the full blog post here.