How To Fix VALORANT Error Code -81 in 2023

A common problem plaguing the VALORANT Community when starting up their game is Error Code -81. In this article, we will be discussing what it is and how to fix it.

VALORANT, like many other online games, is vulnerable to glitches, errors, and crashes. When VALORANT experiences a problem, an error code is displayed so players can figure out what’s wrong and why the game isn’t functioning.

However, VALORANT does not provide detailed instructions on how to resolve the issues. Instead, the client just displays a message and an error code. Each Error Code has a given number ranging from 0 to 152, and each code represents a specific meaning and reason for the problem you’re experiencing.

One of the common error codes is Error Code -81. Many of you might have faced Error Code -81 without even knowing what it is, what it does, and how to fix it. So, in this article, we will be diving into detail about VALORANT Error code -81.

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What is VALORANT Error Code -81?

VALORANT Error Code -81 is one of the more common errors you can encounter in VALORANT. It occurs mostly when you are just starting up the game.

VALORANT Error Code -8
Credit: Riot Games

Error Code -81 refers to Service Start Failed. To be more precise, it occurs mostly when there is a dispute between the VALORANT game client and the Vanguard anti-cheat system. It can also occur if the Vanguard anti-cheat files have been corrupted.

How to Fix (A complete step-by-step guide)

In most cases, restarting the VALORANT client will solve the Error Code -81. However, if the problem still continues, this step-by-step guide will help you get rid of Error Code -81.

  1. Close VALORANT.
  2. Close the Riot client.
  3. Open task manager (Ctrl+shift+Esc)
  4. Click “More details.
  5. From there, check if VALORANT or the Riot client is still running.
  6. If they are, simply select them and hit “End Task.” (Make sure not to close Vanguard)
  7. Now restart the client and log into the game.

Additional Measures

If the issue doesn’t fix after following the above measures, this step-by-step guide will help you to get rid of this problem.

  1. Close all the Valorant-related processes and services from the task manager.
  2. Uninstall and Reinstall Riot Vanguard.
  3. Check your internet connection for stable connectivity.
  4. Restart your internet modem and router.
  5. Restart your computer.
  6. Run VALORANT as administrator mode.

If you follow these steps carefully, your problem regarding Error Code -81 should be resolved. However, if your problem isn’t resolved after following all these steps, you can create a ticket from VALORANT Support page.

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