Here is the questionHow to get VALORANT on 2021 M1 MacBook Air:

VALORANT, currently, is not on MacOS. It is also not on Steam. You cannot download VALORANT through the website because... well, there's no button to do so. So how do you get it on Mac?

Originally, I thought about using Mac's built in Bootcamp partition, but that doesn't work, because the Mac is a 2021 M1 MacBook Air (meaning not a intel-based, dubbed 'silicon' instead).

I found out that, apparently, you can do this:

M1 mac doesn't support boot camp and it will never support bootcamp. Apple silicon Mac have a new Start Up options feature. You can install any OS you want on it and do multi boot. There are no restriction from Apple. -https://discussions.apple.com/thread/253556967?answerId=257171239022#257171239022 (ShunnyBunny)

If that's true, how do you do this? Is it good for gaming?

Assuming you can't do that, are there any other ways to get it? Maybe another Windows emulator?

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I don't see any reason why it would be downvoted. It's not opionated, and while any possible answers of how to do so could get you banned from the game, it's still a useful question, just so someone could see, "Oh, anything I try will (at the time the question was written) get me banned. I'd better not try!"

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    The common sentiment on these sites is that downvotes are the result of the whims of individual users, and unless a person states their own reasons directly, it's often an exercise in futility trying to determine the reason from the outside. Commented Mar 28 at 0:48
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    @murgatroid99 Yeah, but there'll generally be at least some common ideas about why it's bad. Also, if it violates the policy in some way, then it'll be pretty easy to see how and be able to tell me.
    – Daemons
    Commented Mar 28 at 1:12
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    Note that if you hover over the downvote button, it gives this tooltip: This question does not show any research effort; it is unclear or not useful
    – Schism
    Commented Mar 30 at 19:11

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Personally, I downvoted the question because a quick research would have told you that VALORANT can only be played on PC. End of the line.

The official site even tried to tell you, since there is no download button if you access their site on a MacOS.

On Arqade, a lot of users will downvote questions if it feels like you haven't done the smallest bit of research before posting. And that's where the question fails for me; it's pretty obvious as to why it won't run in Mac, it's not made for it; a quick glance to the specs page would have told you it's Windows only.

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  • I take it running Windows games on Linux/a Steam deck using Proton is also not covered in that case (depending on your hardware, it may not react the same way for everyone).
    – Clockwork
    Commented Mar 28 at 15:40
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    Would guess both options are off the table for valorant. I know it doesnt run on linux too (just like mac, for the anticheat) and steam deck I would guess that if a game is not on steam, you can't run it on a vanilla deck
    – Fredy31 Mod
    Commented Mar 28 at 18:03
  • @Clockwork: With Steam Deck, there is at least a company (Valve) who is going around checking whether or not it will work and (in the case of verified games) representing to you that it does work. It's a specific point in their marketing for the Deck. OTOH with MacOS, nobody is willing to tell you "yes, it will work if you do X, Y, and Z" and sell you a product that is predicated on it actually working. That is the difference between "I hacked it into working on Linux/MacOS" and "Valve says it'll work on Deck."
    – Kevin
    Commented Apr 2 at 7:12
  • @Fredy31 I would like to note that I downloaded VALORANT through the Epic Games Client first.
    – Daemons
    Commented 2 days ago

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