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Riot Games offers up to $100k for reports on anti-cheat exploits in Valorant

Riot Games offers up to $100k for reports on anti-cheat exploits in Valorant

Riot Games will give up to $100k to reveal exploits in Valorant's anti-cheat software.

As shown in a HackerOne listing, the American firm claimed it would offer a minimum reward of $250 for qualifying bug reports.

"Rewards are granted entirely at the discretion of Riot. Publicly disclosing your bug without coordinating with us may lead to being ineligible for a bounty," said Riot.

"We will judge this on a case by case basis."

However, the $100,000 reward is reserved for those that expose cheaters who have exploited the new system.

"Alongside our new game Valorant, we have deployed our new anti-cheat solution Vanguard that leverages a kernel driver to combat cheaters more effectively," said Riot.

"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."

There are three different categories for the Vanguard bounties – network attack with no user interaction, network attack requiring user interaction (one click) and local attack for privilege escalation.

The new anti-cheat software is automatically downloaded with the game and cannot be turned off. Fans reacted negatively to this news, Riot was forced to address user concerns. Earlier this month, the company claimed it wanted Valorant to "grow naturally" as an esport. Furthermore, all bloody images will be removed from the game for esports tournaments to better appeal to broadcasters and sponsors.

At first, Valorant was known as Project A and was announced alongside five other projects as part of the 10th anniversary live stream for League of Legends. The tactical shooter entered closed beta earlier this month. It has also broken the viewership record on twitch.


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