Riot Games’ shooter Valorant isn’t available for macOS but here we show you how to play Valorant on a Mac or MacBook Pro by installing Windows 10 on a Mac for free using Boot Camp.
Can You Play Valorant on a Mac?
There is no version of Valorant for Mac and you can only play it by installing Windows on a Mac.
However, although there are different 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 the Vanguard anti-cheat software which only works in Boot Camp. Vanguard will not work in virtual machines that run Windows and macOS side-by-side such as Parallels.
Vanguard is a kernel level anti-cheat system which also causes problems for Windows users sometimes and virtual environments cannot support it at all.
Can You Play Valorant on M1 Macs?
You can’t play Valorant on an M1 Mac because Boot Camp does not work with the new Apple Silicon M1 Macs.
The only way to install Windows games on M1 Macs is to use a virtual environment but since Valorant’s Vanguard anti-cheat protection won’t work in virtual environments, you can’t play Valorant on an M1 MacBook or Mac Mini.
How To Play Valorant On Mac
The only way to play Valorant on Mac is to install Windows using Boot Camp.
Boot Camp is a free utility in macOS that allows you to partition your Mac hard drive and run Windows on it. It allows you to boot your Mac in either macOS or Windows at any one time.
It’s definitely worth Bootcamping your Mac if you’re a gamer because it will allow you to play Windows games that aren’t available for Mac.
Boot Camp is perfectly safe to install on your Mac as it is provided free in macOS by Apple to allow you to install other operating systems such as Windows.
The great thing is 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.
This is because Microsoft only require you to purchase a Windows 10 activation key if you want to customize the look of Windows. If you don’t, you can use Windows 10 for free for as long as you want.
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.