- Aug 25, 2020
Valorant is officially available for everyone, but some players who were caught cheating during the beta were disappointed that they’re still banned in the public release version of Riot’s new shooter. “All cheating account bans are permanent for the account,” says Valorant’s Anti-Cheat Lead Paul Chamberlain in a statement to IGN. “Most cheating account bans also come with a hardware ban, meaning we track their souls through time and space and ban them again when they try to re-enter the game with a fake mustache.” [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=gameplay-screenshots-of-valorant-closed-beta&captions=true"] Riot has made anti-cheating a key pillar in Valorant's development. Along with strict anti-cheat policies, Riot’s anti-cheat system Vanguard goes further than a lot of other anti-cheat software by making it more difficult to start up or even create cheats for Valorant. The company also offered a bounty of $100,000 for hackers who can find weaknesses in Vanguard. Chamberlain did reveal that while all bans on Valorant are permanent by default, they can be reversed. “I can’t reveal too much here, but I will say that not all of these bans are permanent, and we do periodically review them to lift specific ones. At release, we have reviewed all existing hardware bans and unbanned some of the less egregious offenders. We are not planning to remove any more hardware bans until our next periodic review.” [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/04/03/6-minutes-of-valorant-gameplay"] Valorant is Riot’s new team-based shooter with hero elements. The free-to-play, 5v5 shooter had an extended beta but is now freely available for anyone who wants to play. You can check out IGN’s Valorant review for our take on Riot’s newest title. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN.