We can now safely say that the paranoia over Valorant's Vanguard anti-cheat was unfounded for the most part, and with the launch fast approaching, Riot will be doubling and further modernising their efforts.
There were a few hiccups where Riot's efforts to snuff out the cheaters resulted in blocked apps, but they were resolved soon enough and the good far outweighed the bad. Interestingly, most of the anti-cheat work has been done manually, as the Valorant team laid the groundwork for what will eventually be handled by automated systems.
"We know that wars aren't won overnight - especially when we've taken a very public stance against cheaters who want to win at all costs. But it’s also why we have a proprietary anti-cheat detection platform and dedicated team of engineers who will improve things over time", they wrote.
Riot stressed that they hope Valorant's community will see this as an ongoing conversation that's both a journey and a destination for everyone involved. Nevertheless, they've got a pretty good idea of what to expect, and they're bolstering their ranks with some AI brainpower.
Now that they've got a clear idea of what to look out for, the team will be rolling out the second part of Valorant's anti-cheat measures - automated banning systems.
"Come launch, we will be more aggressive, widespread, and automated in our ability to detect and ban cheaters. As a final reminder: as with any game, our guarantee isn’t that VALORANT will be cheat free, it’s that our commitment to anti-cheat doesn’t end when you forget about it", they said.
That said, there will be areas where Riot won't be able to help, most notably the ISPs' handling of increased traffic, which often results in German players being matched in Turkey, over which the talks are ongoing. They called on all Valorant players to keep keeping them honest and keep giving feedback wherever and whenever they can.
As for their part, they guaranteed the following from Valorant's first official day:
- Clear community expectations for all Valorant players
- Improved automation to handle reporting including:
- Automated chat analysis for blatant violations of our community code
- Automated analysis of reports and escalation of common offenders for punishment
- 72-hour team chat restrictions for behaviour violations
- 72-hour team voice restrictions for behaviour violations
You can find the full blog post on Valorant's website .