Popular team-based tactical first-person shooter (FPS) game Valorant is going to end support for the game on older versions of the Windows operating system. The decision was taken due to security concerns and the versions which will lose support include Windows 7, 8, and 8.1.
The company, in an official Tweet, said, “Starting March 14, VALORANT/Vanguard will end support for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 for security reasons. By switching support to the newer version of Windows, we can take advantage of the latest security features and patches–making it harder on cheaters.”
While Microsoft ended support for these operating systems a long time back, Riot Games continued to support the game and provided regular updates. Security reasons concern with cheaters who are rampant in any online gaming scene. Meanwhile, Valorant, having one of the best anti-cheat systems, is the only reason why it does not have to deal with many cheaters.
To avoid possible security breaches constant updates are necessary and with the end of support for the aforementioned Windows operating systems by Microsoft, cheaters can easily intrude the systems. It can become a huge issue for both the gamers and the company, ruining the fun and reputation for them respectively.
Many other companies have already taken these steps with their games as it is much easier to update the games with latest technology rather than continue to support old ones.
While there are downsides to end support for older versions of the Windows operating systems, especially for those who do not have high-end PCs and can only run older Windows versions, it is imperative to make the game secure and fun for the larger online gaming community.