The signal that goes from your computer to the Valorant game server should take the shortest possible path to get there, but sometimes your ISP doesn’t give you the most optimal route. Routing your data through a VPN server close to the game server can create a more direct connection.
Whether you’re at work, at school, or on a restricted airport Wi-Fi network, you should be able to play some Valorant when you’ve got the time. With a VPN, you can. It encrypts the traffic between your computer and the VPN server, preventing the network from blocking specific servers or games.
A good VPN can help you prevent DDoS attacks from kicking you out of your game. It hides your IP address by routing all traffic through the VPN’s own server network, so you don’t even have to worry about your connection slowing down.
When you’re clutching a match as the last one standing, the last thing you want is a laggy connection. Some ISPs throttle game-related traffic, but VPN encryption lets you bypass that. If your ISP can’t tell where your data is going, it can’t slow your connection based on your activity.
Valorant is Riot’s second flagship game after League of Legends, and it’s a very interesting beast. It combines two of the most popular shooter genres into one: the tactical shooter, and the hero shooter. To put it another way, it’s Counter Strike with Overwatch-style heroes.
You get that same round-based shooting action that CS veterans know and love, complete with low time-to-kill, one life per round, and a little time to buy gear in between rounds. But you also have to pick a character, who will have powers that can augment your effectiveness on the battlefield. Of course, everyone else has superpowers too.
The result is an evolution of both formulae that provides both intense tactical action in short rounds, and a colorful spectacle that’s almost as fun to watch as it is to play. Shoot people, wield epic powers, plant or defuse bombs… what’s not to love?
In a nutshell, your ping measures the time it takes for a signal to travel from your computer to its destination, and it significantly impacts your gaming experience. A lower ping translates to better performance and a potential edge mid-fight, as you’ll be able to click on those heads faster than players with higher ping.
However, the signal that goes from your computer to the game server doesn’t always take the shortest route. Delays and detours can happen due to ISP server misconfigurations or less-than-great game server performance.
This is where PIA VPN comes into the picture. By directing all your internet traffic through a VPN server that’s close to the game servers, you can establish a more direct connection. That means your signal has a shorter distance to travel to reach the game servers and return.
The result? Reduced ping, and the ability to drop a barrier orb right before your opponent can get off a shot.
PIA is designed to make your time with Valorant (or any game, really) as smooth and pleasant as possible. Here’s how it’s done:
No matter which Valorant servers you want to connect to, PIA has you covered. With VPN server locations in 91 countries, you’ll always be able to keep your ping low while protecting your data. You might even lower your ping.
With PIA's 10-Gbps network, you never have to worry about connections that are just plain slow. Listen to a show on another screen, download a Steam game in the background, and frag out all you like, all at once.
PIA encrypts all of your data until it reaches the VPN server on the other side, and routes all of your traffic through our network. This prevents your ISP from seeing what you're doing online and selectively throttling your connection.
They can't DDoS you if they can't find you. The major benefit to routing all your traffic through our network? Hiding your IP address, so you can't be attacked directly.
PIA has no data caps. Whether you're just starting a round, or are desperately racing against the clock to defuse the bomb, you don't want to stop because of an arbitrary data limit. With PIA, you don't have to.
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Absolutely. Valorant places no restrictions on VPN usage itself, and plenty of people use them. After all, a VPN provides an extra layer of security for players, and can often decrease their ping.
Of course, you have to play nice. If you get caught using your VPN to cheat in any way, you’ll get banned.
By default, no. In fact, Valorant’s accounts are region-locked to the region where the account was created. If you want to play with friends in another part of the world, you’ll need to use a VPN to create an account in that region first, and use that account every time you want to play halfway around the globe.
PIA has VPN servers in 91 countries, so you’ll just need to connect to a server in the country you want, and create your new Valorant account. Just beware, you’ll have no access to your usual cosmetics and career data.
It’s as simple as signing up for PIA VPN, downloading the app, and connecting to a VPN server that’s close to the game servers. After that, all of your data is protected as you play. You can also use split tunneling if you only want to play the game on your VPN, but let all the other apps on your computer use the regular internet connection.
If you have any trouble setting it up, contact our 24/7 Customer Support team via live chat or email.
Yes, sometimes. PIA is a fast VPN, so it can, under the right circumstances, reduce your ping. This is because connections to game servers can be slowed down by misconfigured ISP servers, or other issues. Using a VPN lets you create a more direct connection that can bypass these problems.
PIA offers budget-friendly pricing, and you can get started for as little as per month. If you like what you see as you play, you can get the 3-year plan which will cost you per month.
You can test PIA out risk-free with our 30-day money-back guarantee, so you don’t have to commit unless you’re sure it works for you.
Plenty of pro gamers depend on a gaming VPN to help them stay safe from attackers and maintain stable connections to the games they're playing. This is especially true for streamers and others who tend to be more public about their gaming.
PIA comes with industry-standard encryption and security features, and is trusted by many gamers around the world.
Not if you’re in the EU, no. If you’re on the other side of the world, though? Yes. The good news is that a VPN can help. The same tech that VPNs use to unblock websites allows you to route your traffic through one of our servers in the EU. That will allow you to create an EU account, and play as long as you’re connected to the VPN.
While a VPN can hide your IP address and encrypt your traffic, yes, you can absolutely get caught pirating. Most anti-pirating measures are embedded into the games themselves, and running them on your computer is what will get you caught.
Besides, Valorant is free, and all of your account data is stored on remote servers. There’s nothing to pirate. It’s just not worth trying.
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