Is VALORANT forever stuck on the map loading screen for you? Valorant is one of the most popular shooter games loved by millions of gamers. But, like any other game or platform, it has its share of errors, bugs, and issues. Some Valorant users have complained of being forever stuck on the map loading screen and the game won’t just proceed.
If you are one of the affected users facing the same problem, here is a complete guide that will resolve the problem for you. We are going to mention several fixes that should help you get rid of the issue at hand.
Valorant stuck on Map Loading Screen
Here are the fixes you can try if Valorant is forever stuck on the map loading screen:
- Update Windows.
- Relaunch Valorant as an administrator.
- Make sure your graphics drivers are updated.
- Check your network connection.
- Restart your router.
- Limit FPS.
- Allow Valorant through Windows Defender Firewall.
- Increase VRAM.
- Reinstall Valorant.
Let us discuss the above fixes in detail now.
1] Update Windows
If your Windows is not up-to-date, Valorant is likely to get stuck on the map loading screen. Hence, if there is any pending Windows update, download and install it and then see if the issue is fixed.
To update Windows, firstly, press Win+I to launch the Settings app. After that, navigate to the Windows Update tab and hit the Check for updates button. Simply download and install all the available Windows updates. Once done, open the game and see if it still gets stuck on the map loading screen. If yes, you can try the next potential method to fix the problem.
2] Relaunch Valorant as an administrator
You might face the issue at hand due to a lack of administrator privileges to run the game. So, it is recommended to close the Valorant game and then relaunch it as an administrator to check if the problem is fixed. For that, right-click on the Valorant program icon on your desktop and click on the Run as administrator option. See if the game still gets stuck on the map screen or not.
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3] Make sure your graphics drivers are updated
It is important to have the most recent version of your graphics driver to avoid issues like these in your games. If you haven’t updated your graphics drivers in a while, update them right away and see if the problem is fixed. To update graphics drivers, you can use the Optional Updates feature or the Device Manager. You can also get the updated version of your graphics drivers from the official website of the device manufacturer.
If your graphics drivers are updated and you still get the same problem, try the next potential fix to resolve it.
Read: Fix VALORANT game client error codes 43, 7 on Windows.
4] Check your network connection
You can check your internet connection and make sure you are connected to a stable internet connection. This issue can occur if your internet connection is weak or unstable. So, you can try connecting to a different network connection and see if it works fine or not. Another thing you can try is switching to a wired internet connection and checking if the problem is gone. In case there are any internet issues, fix the WiFi problems.
If your network connection is working fine, move on to the next potential fix to get rid of the issue at hand.
5] Restart your router
In addition to the above fix, you can try restarting your router and then check if the problem is fixed. If not, you can try performing a power cycle on your router and see if the issue is gone. To do that, turn off your router and unplug its power cord from the main switch. Next, wait for about a minute and then plug it back and restart it. After that, connect to the internet and relaunch Valorant.
If the problem of Valorant being stuck on the map loading screen still continues, you can try the next potential solution.
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6] Limit FPS
As per some user reports, limiting FPS works in fixing the issue at hand. So, you can also try limiting FPS for Valorant and see if it helps. Here’s how to do that:
- Firstly, launch Valorant and open its Settings.
- Now, go to the Video tab and scroll down to the Limit FPS always option.
- Next, set Limit FPS always to ON.
After that, relaunch Valorant and check if it gets stuck on the map loading screen or not. If the problem persists, try the next fix.
Read: Fix VALORANT Error Code 31 and 84 on Windows PC.
7] Allow Valorant through your firewall
Windows Defender Firewall or a third-party firewall might have restricted the Valorant game. And thus, it is getting stuck on the map loading screen. If the scenario is applicable, you can allow Valorant through your firewall and check if it helps your fix the problem.
Here are the steps to allow Valorant through your firewall:
Firstly, launch the Windows Defender Firewall app using the taskbar search option. Now, click on the Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall option from the left panel.
Then, click on the Change settings button and press the Allow another app button. You need to add the executable file of the game. Once you have added the game, enable it on Domain, Private, and Public networks and press the OK button.
Next, repeat the above procedure for executables including RiotClient.exe and VALORANT-Win64-Shipping.exe.
Once done, try relaunching the Valorant game and see if the issue is gone or not.
Read: How to fix VALORANT Error 29 and 59 on Windows PC?
8] Increase VRAM
Low VRAM can be a cause of the issue at hand. So, you can try expanding VRAM to fix the issue. Here’s how to do that:
- Firstly, click on the Start menu search bar and write advanced system settings in the search box.
- Now, click on View advanced system settings from the results to launch the System Properties window.
- Next, move to the Advanced tab and press the Settings button present under the Performance section.
- In the next dialog window, go to the Advanced tab and tap on the Change button.
- Then, disable the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives checkbox and select the drive where the VALORANT game is installed.
- After that, choose the Custom size option and type a value of more than 2GB for both Initial size and Maximum size.
- Finally, click on the Apply > OK button and reboot your PC to see if the problem is fixed or not.
If the problem still continues, we have one more fix that you can try. So, move on to the next potential fix.
Fix: Riot Vanguard Crashed Error on Valorant.
9] Reinstall Valorant
If all the above fixes fail to resolve the problem for you, the last resort is to reinstall the Valorant game. It is very much possible that the game’s installation has gone corrupted due to which you are facing the issue at hand. Hence, reinstalling a fresh copy of Valorant might help you fix the problem.
First, you will have to uninstall Valorant and Vanguard from the Settings > Apps > Installed apps section. Once you are done uninstalling both Valorant and Vanguard, make sure you have deleted the installation directory from your PC. Then, reboot your PC and download the most recent version of Valorant from its official website. Next, run the installer and follow the prompted instructions to reinstall it on your PC. Vanguard will be installed along with the game. Hopefully, the game won’t get stuck on the map loading screen now.
How do I fix Valorant stuck on map screen?
To fix the issue of Valorant being stuck on the map screen, try launching the game with admin rights. Apart from that, make sure you have installed Windows updates and there are no pending updates. Also, other fixes you can try are updating your graphics drivers, checking your internet, limiting FPS in the game, allowing the game through your firewall, or reinstalling the Valorant game.
What do you do if a Valorant is stuck on a black screen?
If you get a black screen in Valorant or the game is stuck on a black screen, scan and repair the game files. If that doesn’t help, you can try changing your display mode between windowed and fullscreen, running the Valorant game on a dedicated graphics card, launching the game as admin, or disabling overclocking. In case the problem still persists, disable your antivirus and see if the issue is gone.
Why isn’t my Valorant launching?
If Valorant is not launching, it could be because your PC doesn’t meet the minimum requirements to run the game. Other reasons for the same could be outdated graphics drivers, too many CPU-hogging applications running in the background, or corrupted game installation. Lack of admin rights can also cause the same problem.