‘League of Legends’ Faces Backlash for New Anti-Cheat System

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  • League of Legends' Vanguard anti-cheat system launch faces user complaints about system crashes and unauthorized changes
  • Some players even warn about bricked PCs.
  • Riot Games counters complaints, stating less than 0.03% of players experienced issues.

The launch of the League of Legends Vanguard anti-cheat system has not been smooth. It faced widespread user complaints about system crashes and unauthorized system modifications.

Nick ‘LS’ De Cesare, a well-known League content creator, reported that the update ‘bricked’ two of his computers and cautioned players to ‘be wary of this Vanguard update’.

Despite these complaints, Riot Games maintains that there have been no confirmed cases of the Vanguard system damaging any user hardware.

Introduced in the League of Legends patch 14.9, Vanguard has been under scrutiny since it started causing disruptions on April 30.

Riot responded swiftly, suggesting users check for other potential hardware problems, which has met with mixed reactions from the community. Some suggested that Vanguard can take screenshots of users’ whole screen.

Matt ‘K30’ Paoletti, Riot’s senior anti-cheat analyst, clarified in a recent Reddit update that less than 0.03% of players have experienced issues with Vanguard. He emphasized that most problems are identifiable error codes that can be resolved through standard support channels.

He also addressed concerns about hardware compatibility, particularly regarding TPM 2.0 requirements for Windows 11 users. He explained that adjustments might be necessary in the BIOS settings but assured that Vanguard itself does not modify BIOS settings.

Further addressing privacy concerns, Paoletti noted that while Vanguard does capture certain game-related images to monitor for cheats, it does not capture images from the entire computer or multiple monitors.

This practice, he assured, is standard among anti-cheat systems and complies with all relevant privacy regulations, having been vetted by information security and compliance teams to ensure it does not violate user privacy.