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Valorant’s anti-cheat has been tweaked again

Vanguard has been made less invasive and should work alongside key drivers now


Riot Games knows its anti-cheat system isn’t popular among Valorant players and it’s trying its best to make changes to it based on player feedback. In recent weeks, Vanguard has been interfering with key software and drivers, so Riot’s anti-cheat team has made some changes.

“We’ve heard feedback from players that it felt like Vanguard was being overbearing in its approach to security so we’re taking another approach,” Paul Chamberlain, Valorant’s anti-cheat lead, says in the latest dev blog. “As of last week, Vanguard’s compatibility with vulnerable software packages has been expanded. While a small number of drivers are still blocked, from now on almost all of the software that Vanguard was previously blocking will work properly on Vanguard protected computers.”

This change means that players should be able to use their keyboard, mouse, and cooling programs without any issues now, as well as escape any crashes that they might have encountered as a result of Vanguard.

Arkhem also says that the team are committed to using “non-invasive solutions” to deal with security issues in the future, so that Vanguard can coexist with programs already running on your computer. “If we can’t find a way for them to all work together, we’ll disable the game rather than disable your other software,” he adds.

Valorant is scheduled to release later in the summer, so Riot still has a few weeks to nail down problems before it hits full launch.