Wednesday, September 2, 2020

A VALORANT Portfolio

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!

Reddit comment about the first cheaters banned

Reddit comment about running a driver at boot

Reddit comment about a performance regression

My Riot Reddit Account history

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


Interviews / News clips


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.

Polygon: Valorant: How Riot finally made something new

InvenGlobal: Valorant has prepared to deal with hacks from the very beginning

Polygon: Valorant team bans over 8,000 cheaters in closed beta

ChinaJoy Keynote Video

VICE: The Vigilante Hunting Down Cheaters in Video Games

Riot: A Message About Vanguard From Our Security & Privacy Teams


Valorant Game Features

Most of what I build for Valorant was behind the scenes technical systems there are some more visible 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 

Anti-cheat and security systems, network encryption, performance optimization, UI tweaks, gameplay telemetry system, engine upgrades, middleware integrations, code analysis tools and lots more that I've already forgotten.


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