A lot has been said about Valorant's anti-cheat system recently, with some going as far as to call it malware, but Riot put their money where their mouth is and posted a lavish bug bounty on HackerOne.
Now, bug bounties are nothing out of the ordinary - simply put they're a tried and true way to make one's game, app or platform better through testing. Riot's bounty, however, is especially generous, which has much to do with the discourse as of late.
Valorant uses an anti-cheat system called Vanguard, which runs on your computer's startup with full administrator privileges. While the game won't run without it, it's quite simple to uninstall and we're yet to see actual proof there's anything malicious afoot.
Nevertheless, certain sections of Valorant's community insist that this is a disaster waiting to happen. Riot's lengthy and often quite technical explanations of how Vanguard operates didn't work, so we guess this is the next best thing.
"Alongside our new game VALORANT, we have deployed our new anti-cheat solution Vanguard that leverages a kernel driver to combat cheaters more effectively. To reinforce our commitment to our players' security, we are offering special bounties for up to $100,000 for high quality reports that demonstrate practical exploits leveraging the Vanguard kernel driver", Riot posted on HackerOne website.
Vanguard's just the top offer though, and there's plenty of cash to be earned by helping test various aspects of Valorant's performance. If you're interested, you can find Riot's offer on HackerOne .
In their earlier explanation of Vanguard, Riot wrote, "The Vanguard driver does not collect or send any information about your computer back to us. Any cheat detection scans will be run by the non-driver component only when the game is running."