Wednesday, September 2, 2020

A Valorant Portfolio of Sorts


I'm changing jobs (after almost 7 years at Riot, that's a long run!) and I wanted to post a bunch of links to public facing stuff from my time at Riot, mostly Valorant stuff from the past year, this is very self indulgent but think of it as a portfolio of sorts.

Writing

Riot Tech Blog - Fog of War

Game Update 01: ON RAZE AND ANTI-CHEAT

Game Update 02: ON VANGUARD ERRORS/SOLUTIONS, GUN SKINS, AND AGENT PROGRESSION

Game Update 04: ON PEEKER’S ADVANTAGE & RANKED

Ask Valorant #5

Dev Blog: Anti-cheat What, Why, and How

Dev Blog: VALORANT ANTI-CHEAT: CHEATER, REPORTED!

My Riot Reddit Account history

Reddit comment about the first cheaters banned

Reddit comment about running a driver at boot

Reddit comment about a performance regression

Tweet about how many cheaters exist in games and how that feels for players:


Valorant Game Features

Most of what I build for Valorant was security and anti-cheat features but there are some more game related features that I want to highlight below.

Fog of War

Map targeted abilities

omen ultimate minimap

Minimap footstep audio circles

Valorant: Beginners guide – Gameplay mechanics you need to know

Player facing no-hud/cinematic mode



Early grenade physics (~2015 version)


Character select (the first version ~2015)

VALORANT Early Thoughts | Phantom Distillery

Security error messages / ban messages (UI and plumbing)

https://twitter.com/arkem/status/1193343334636326912

https://twitter.com/Ninja/status/1278388868534894599


Lots of behind the scenes stuff 

Network encryption, performance optimization, UI tweaks, gameplay telemetry system, an engine upgrade, middleware integrations, code analysis tools, lots more that I've forgotten.


Interviews / news quotes

I did a lot of interviews and got asked for quotes many times, I didn't do a good job keeping track of how those quotes and interviews were used but here are some of them that I could find after the fact.

https://www.ign.com/articles/valorant-cheaters-remain-banned-after-beta

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9_uEx7Iwa8

https://www.chinajoy.net/cgdcen/yjjb/keynote/paul-chamberlain/

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/bv857z/gamerdoc-catching-banning-cheaters-hackers-overwatch-valorant

https://www.polygon.com/2020/3/2/21158401/valorant-how-riot-games-made-something-new

https://www.polygon.com/2020/5/12/21256388/valorant-riot-games-anti-cheat-vanguard-closed-beta-bans

https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/10547/valorant-interview-with-the-developers-part-2-valorant-has-prepared-to-deal-with-hacks-from-the-very-beginning

https://www.riotgames.com/en/news/a-message-about-vanguard-from-our-security-privacy-teams

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