Valorant is Riot's new free-to-play multiplayer FPS. It has been received well since the closed beta released back in April. It's drawing a lot of comparisons to Counter Strike and for good reason. It has a lot of the similar elements that made this competitive shooter such a beloved title for many in this space. \n \nA lot of skill is involved and that makes being successful in matches a very rewarding experience. It's not as if you can just run and gun, expecting to have a high level of success for a prolonged period of time. Rather, you have to use tactics, master each gun's mechanics, and learn the special skillset of every hero. \n \nThere's just one major downside that seems to be holding it back from its true potential. That is cheating. There are countless players trying to game the system and get an unfair advantage on their opponents. This is to be expected with any competitive shooter, especially one that's free. \n \nhttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=zMiGL-jMqzc \n \nRiot hasn't sat back and let players have frustrating experiences, though. They have acted swiftly and effectively. It was reported -- in fact -- that Riot has just recently banned around 9,000 players. \n \nThat's a sizable amount that can be attributed to the developer's Vanguard system. It can be downloaded straight to your PC if you get Valorant's beta. \n \nIts main purpose is to identify and stop hacking activity, giving you a much smoother experience. The system has been a little polarizing amongst the community as there have been many users reporting issues with it. Whichever side of the fence you fall on, it's clear the anti-cheating system is working. \n \nThere aren't a lot of details on exactly how it works, but regardless, it's handing out bans left and right. It seems like getting around these bans won't be easy for cheaters looking to game the system. \n \nOverall, it's great to see these efforts from Riot. They're proud of what they've done thus far and want to continue to ensure optimal experiences for Valorant players. \n \nThat's always what you want to see, especially for a game that doesn't cost gamers any money. Riot deserves a lot of credit for going the extra mile with this latest competitive shooter. It's only getting better too, with new content and patches. \n \nIf you haven't had the chance to check it out and you like competitive FPS, it really is worth your time. And it seems like you won't have to worry as much about hacking activity, although many will still try.