Valorant Error Code -81 is one of the many errors you may encounter while trying to play the FPS. 


Valorant Error Code -81: How To Fix Service Start Failed

Nutan Lele
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Valorant Error Code -81 is sometimes caused when Vanguard encounters an issue.
First try to restart the client, and your PC.
If a fresh game and Vanguard installation fails to resolve the issue, raise a ticket with Valorant support.

The recent mini Windows update is leading some players to face Valorant error code -81. Players usually encounter this error when trying to start Valorant through the Riot client. The message they get reads, “Connection error. VALORANT has encountered a connection error. Please relaunch the client to reconnect.”We look at some of the possible solutions to Valorant error code -81. If none of the listed solutions work, players can submit a ticket by contacting Valorant support through this.

How To Fix Valorant Error Code -81

As the error message suggests, the first thing you can do is restart the Riot client, login and try to play Valorant. If the problem continues, restart your PC and try to run the game again. If the error still persists, reinstall the game and do a fresh installation of Valorant. Remember to uninstall and reinstall Riot Vanguard as well as update your drivers. Make sure that your antivirus is not blocking the game.

  • If the error persists make sure Vanguard is enabled. Go to "System Configuration" by pressing the Windows key and searching for it.

  • Navigate to the "services" tab and check the "Hide all Microsoft services" box at the bottom.

  • Now scroll down till you find "vgc" and make sure the box is checked. If not, check it to enable vgc.

Now hit the Windows key again and type "Services". Scroll till you find "vgc" and double click on it and make sure the "Startup type" is "Manual". If it's already set to manual or automatic, leave it alone.

Make sure the Startup type is set to either Manual or Automatic for vgc in Services.


If the fresh installation of Riot Vanguard and Valorant fails as well, contact Valorant support and submit a ticket. Players can create a ticket on the Valorant support website for a number of issues including reporting hackers, bugs, or resolving technical issues. For more information on how to raise a ticket with Riot support click here.

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Nutan is AFK Gaming's source for everything from Twitch to the Twitterati. Her focus lies in distilling esports content from around the world. As the former captain of Girlaxy India, she brings an experienced eye in analysing the League of Legends scene.