How to fix Valorant black screen on startup error

Valorant, like all games, can cause you problems when trying to play. A reasonably common problem is the black screen when starting the game. It has a number of potential fixes that we will discuss in this article.

Some are fairly simple, while others are much more involved, so keep that in mind.

Check Task Manager

The first thing you need to do is open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Delete to see if any eavesdropping version of Valorant is running. Programs sometimes fail to close and interfere with attempts to run other instances of the same program.

Update the GPU drivers

The second port is to update GPU drivers. Go to the Nvidia or AMD home page, look for the latest drivers and make sure they are up to date. Nvidia users can use Smart scanning page or open their GeForce Experience and check their drivers. AMD users can use Tool for automatic detection of divers do the same.

Reinstall Valorant

Damaged game files can cause a variety of problems. Sometimes the damage is caused by writable files, but it can also be caused by the device on which we store information. Reinstalling the game to a new disk is the only real way to check it and try to solve it.

Change the environment variable

According to Riot Games, errors of this kind can sometimes be caused by an OpenSSL error that can be resolved by changing the environment variable by following the steps below.

  • Click the Start button and locate Environment Variables.
  • Click Edit system environment variables, which will be in Control Panel.
  • Go to the Advanced tab and select Environment Variables.
  • In the System Variables section at the bottom right of the tab, select New.
  • Type or paste OPENSSL_ia32cap as the variable name.
  • Insert or type “~ 0x200000200000000” without the quotation marks for the value of the variable and click OK.

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