Riot Games’ shooter Valorant isn’t available for macOS but you can play it by installing Windows 10 on a Mac for free using Boot Camp.
Although there are various ways of running Windows on a Mac, Valorant will only work if you install Windows on macOS using Boot Camp.
This is because Valorant uses an anti-cheat software called Vanguard that will not work in virtual machines such as Parallels.
Boot Camp is a free utility in macOS that allows you to partition your Mac hard drive and run Windows on it.
Note that Boot Camp only works with Intel Macs. It does not work with the new Apple Silicon M1 Macs as Boot Camp does not work with the M1 chip.
The only way to install Windows on M1 Macs is to use Parallels but since Valorant’s Vanguard anti-cheat protection won’t work in Parallels, you can’t use it to play Valorant on an M1 MacBook or Mac Mini.
There is therefore currently no way to play Valorant on M1 Macs.
How To Play Valorant On Mac
The only way to play Valorant on Mac is to install Windows using Boot Camp.
Nowadays you can install Windows 10 for free on a Mac using Boot Camp and you don’t even need to purchase a Windows 10 license to use it.
Note that there is no way to play Valorant on a Mac without Boot Camp. Valorant does not work on a Mac using Windows in a virtual machine such as Parallels.
The reason for this is Valorant uses an anti-cheat software called Vanguard which won’t run in virtual environments.
Vanguard is a kernel level anti-cheat system which also causes problems for Windows users sometimes and virtual environments cannot support it at all.
What Do I Need To Play Valorant on a Mac?
To install Windows 10 on your Mac and play Valorant, you’ll need to have at least one of the following machines:
- MacBook 2015 or later
- MacBook Air/Pro 2012 or later
- Mac mini 2012 or later
- iMac 2012 or later
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro 2013 or later
If you’ve got one of these Macs, just follow these instructions on how to install Windows for free on macOS using Boot Camp.
Once you’ve installed Valorant on your Mac, you may need to change some of the game settings such as the frame rate if you experience lag.
You can watch Valorant running on a Mac below and as you can see, it even works on something as early as a 2015 MacBook Pro.
Will Valorant Be Released For Mac?
At the moment Riot Games has no plans for a Mac compatible release of Valorant. The usual reason for this is that developers cannot justify the investment of developing and supporting games on macOS when the user base is so small compared Windows.