With cheating growing rampant in the first-person shooter e-sports space, the developers behind Valorant have figured out a new way to keep more cheaters at bay. Sourced from @AntiCheatPD on Twitter; e-sports shooter Valorant now requires all PCs running Windows 11 to feature a Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Any machines running Windows 11 with TPMs disabled will not be allowed to play the game.
Valorant has started to enforce both TPM and Secure boot if YOU are playing on Windows 11 to ensure a trusted platform when playing Valorant. @RiotVanguard team yet again leading the anti-cheat industry in the right direction for competitive integrity pic.twitter.com/qgTM1yNqdASeptember 3, 2021
The TPM requirement allows Riot Games, the developers behind Valorant, to ban cheaters' PCs in addition to banning their account and/or IP addresses. This is done through the Trusted Platform Module's burned-in RSA key that cannot be erased or altered. Each RSA key enforces authenticity with its associated device, making sure that Windows and any apps running on the machine know who the system is.
If everything goes according to plan, the new TPM regulations should cause major problems for cheaters who get caught. Cheaters will have to replace either the gaming PC they play on (ouch), or more likely replace important (and expensive) parts such as the CPU or motherboard, so they can get around the ban. It's unclear if switching to a different TPM device would work, but presumably that's not the case.
For now, Riot Games only enforces the TPM requirement on Windows 11 PCs, with no official requirement for Windows 10 just yet. Enforcing TPM on Windows 11 first makes sense with Microsoft already requiring TPM support to run Windows 11 in the first place, with some exceptions.
However, if the new TPM requirements are transitioned over to Windows 10 in the future, this could cause significant problems for users still on older hardware, and potentially kill off some of Valorant's player base.
But the risk might be worth it for Riot Games to ensure cheaters don't change operating systems to get around bans. If this does happen then Valorant will become Windows 10 and 11 exclusives with the TPM requirement enforced on both operating systems.
We'll have to see what Riot Games decides to do, but for now, TPM is a requirement to play Valorant on Windows 11. So be sure your system is Windows 11 ready if you plan to upgrade.
If so, can we expect used CPU's and pre-builts turning up on eBay (or your favorite flea market site) that will not be able to play Valorant...or any other game that follows their lead...if the PO got themself banned when using it?
Enforcing TPM and Secure Boot sounds like a good idea. Riot is likely to beat a ton of cheaters who are not aware of how TPM and Secure Boot work. Cheat users don't necessarily have the technical knowledge to know what to do if they get caught. However, there are ways around Riot's implementation without having to replace motherboards or CPUs. I would expect cheat developers to publish such instructions to their customers.
Also, can't you just change the TPM and re-install Windows? Sounds like a useless "feature".
This is a DRM feature and I’m sure here partners in this.
I’m also assuming hardware TPMs are going t be rare or be placed right where you either use a gaming card or a hardware TPM.
Good times ahead for the companies.
Not sure if installing a discrete TPM chip onto the motherboard will replace the fTPM - but if so the 'normal' price for one is about $8. That seems like a small price to pay for a cheater to access the game, especially seeing the rampant cheating and bans in Counter Strike that require a new game and steam account to circumvent.
I'm a system builder by trade, and it scares the hell out of me every time someone says they play Riot games. I've talked some people out of it after explaining the downsides.
Adding a TPM gives TenCent enhanced control over your system. The requirement for TPMs is not as noble as Microsoft would have us believe and I will never use a system that requires the use of one. There are other strategies for keeping PCs safe-ish.
If I read this right, they could ban your system, not your account. So you'd have to upgrade to be able to play. The number of fase positives too is a worry. Sorry, I do not believe this is a good move.
Just my two cents worth.