Riot Game’s Anti-Cheat Software Vanguard is Reportedly Bricking and Taking Screenshots of Users’ PCs

Daniel Royte
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Riot Game’s Anti-Cheat Software Vanguard is Reportedly Bricking and Taking Screenshots of Users’ PCs

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Valorant, Riot Games' popular first-person shooter, has once again found itself in controversy over its Vanguard anti-cheat software.
This time, the uproar stems from reports that Vanguard is taking screenshots of users' PCs, raising serious concerns about privacy and security.
Vanguard was also recently integrated into another Riot title, League of Legends, sparking a wave of backlash and accusations from players.

Valorant, Riot Games' popular first-person shooter, has once again found itself in controversy over its Vanguard anti-cheat software. This time, the uproar stems from reports that Vanguard is taking screenshots of users' PCs, raising serious concerns about privacy and security. Vanguard was also recently integrated into another Riot title, League of Legends, sparking a wave of backlash and accusations from players.

What is Riot Game’s Vanguard Anti-Cheat?

Since its launch alongside Valorant in 2020, Vanguard has faced criticism for its aggressive approach to combating cheating. The software operates at the kernel level, giving it deep access to the inner workings of a user's computer. While Riot has defended this approach as necessary to maintain a fair playing field, many users remain skeptical.

Privacy Concerns Raised by Vanguard

One of the key issues raised by users is the extent of Vanguard's surveillance. Unlike other anti-cheat software that only takes screenshots of the game window, Vanguard has been reported to take screenshots of the entire screen, including overlays like Discord. This has led to concerns that Vanguard may be infringing on users' privacy by capturing sensitive information.

Some Fans Have Spoken in Support of Vanguard 

Despite these concerns, some Valorant fans have come out in support of Vanguard, arguing that the software is a necessary evil to combat cheating effectively. They point to other popular games like Call of Duty and Escape from Tarkov, which also use similar screenshot systems to catch cheaters.

Vanguard’s Integration into League of Legends 

However, the controversy took a new turn when Vanguard was integrated into League of Legends with patch 14.9. Players quickly reported somef issues, ranging from PCs being "bricked" to Vanguard allegedly tampering with unrelated files. Riot has denied these claims, stating that Vanguard is not responsible for the reported technical issues.

Riot's Response 

In response to the backlash, Riot has been actively engaging with the community, offering troubleshooting tips and requesting logs from affected users. Despite these efforts, the controversy surrounding Vanguard shows no signs of abating, highlighting the ongoing tension between effective anti-cheat measures and user privacy.


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Daniel is an under-grad and has grown up with esports titles like Dota 2 cultivating a passion for esports. His current beats include in-depth coverage of Dota 2 and Mobile Legends.