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How to download and install Valorant on PC

Published: 1/Jun/2020 11:20 Updated: 1/Jun/2020 14:27

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games’ free-to-play first-person shooter, Valorant, is available from June 2. With floods of players eager to get into their first game, here’s everything you need to know to get Valorant on your PC.

Valorant is Riot Games’ competitive 5v5 tactical shooter, that boasts high fidelity gameplay as well as a diverse roster of characters known as Agents.

Following a record-breaking closed beta, Riot are flicking the switch on the full launch of Valorant on June 2. With a new character revealed and a first look at the new map already live, players are eager to get their hands on the game.

Valorant's Agents.
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Valorant’s closed beta provided some essential feedback to get the game ready for launch.

How to play Valorant on your PC

1. Go to the Valorant website and download the client here.

Download Valorant.

2. Run the file and install Valorant (7.3 GB). Note: You can change the install path by clicking ‘Advanced Options’ and altering the installation location.

Installing Valorant to desktop.

3. Sign into Valorant with your Riot ID — if you’re making an account or want to change your ID, visit our guide for instructions.

Signing into Valorant.

While that will install the client in readiness for Valorant to go live, you will not be able to access the servers until Riot pushes them live on June 2. It’s worth noting that you will also have to restart your PC to ensure Vanguard (Valorant’s anti-cheat programme) is properly installed on your system.

It is also likely that Riot will push an update file through on release day, which will require you to download and install before hopping into a server. In terms of when the servers will go live in your respective region, Riot announced their staggered plan during a press release on June 1. Below is the release date/time for each region at launch:

  • Korea, Japan & Asia-Pacific: 4:00 PM (PST – June 1) / 7:00 PM (EST – June 1) / 12:00 AM (BST – June 2).
  • Europe, Turkey, Middle-East, North Africa, Russia & CIS: 10:00 PM (PST – June 1) / 1:00 AM (EST – June 2) / 6:00 AM (BST – June 2).
  • North America, Latin America & South America: 5:00 AM (PST – June 2) / 8:00 AM (EST – June 2) / 1:00 PM (BST – June 2).

So that’s it! You’ve done everything necessary to hop straight into your first Valorant game. As soon as the servers go online in your region, you will be able to whizz through your training and get into your first match… See you in Future Earth, Agent!

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Valorant First Strike Europe #1 final results: G2 & Team Liquid qualify

Published: 16/Nov/2020 13:35 Updated: 16/Nov/2020 13:54

by Lauren Bergin

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With Valorant First Strike: North America well underway, the European rendition of the tournament has begun and is just as competitive as its American counterpart. 

The North American First Strike competition, alongside others across the globe, are already in full swing. With major upsets such as TSM, FaZe and T1 all being knocked out relatively early, it’s safe to say that EU fans wanted a piece of the Valorant action.

With a shared prize of $100,000 (€85,000) up for grabs, EU’s best teams were certainly geared up to go, and there were some mind-boggling performances across the board.

EU fans were also hyped though, especially because the weekend before the Spike Nations of Twitch charity competition had acted as the perfect introduction to the EU leg of the tournament.

G2 Esports, FunPlusPhoenix, Team Liquid and SUMN FC qualify

After a grueling set of qualifying games, G2 Esports, FPX Esports, Team Liquid and SUMN FC became the first four teams to make it into the First Strike: Europe main event.

However, in the case of G2 Esports their eventual victory came at the behest of some drama. Only receiving their spot in the playoffs due to Riot Games punishing the use of an illegal exploit by initial winners Guild Esports, the EU event saw the first ever punishment in Valorant esports.

With the second batch of qualifiers kicking off on November 16, it’ll be interesting to see who else qualifies and, more importantly, if there’s more shocking punishments.

Valorant First Strike Europe Open Qualifier #1: Results

These were the main dates of the tournament. The following qualifiers determined who were the first four teams to go on to compete in the First Strike: Europe main event:

  • Qualifier A: Nov 9 – Nov 10
  • Qualifier B: Nov 11 – Nov 12
  • Play-ins: Nov 13

Valorant First Strike Europe Qualifier A

Tuesday, November 10

Match (BO1) PST EST GMT CET
G2 Esports 13 – 9 N0thing to L0se 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
need more DM 8 – 13 Prodigy 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Opportunists 13 -5 eSuba 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Ninjas in Pyjamas 13 – 10 Lunaris 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
MJAOMOADE 13 – 6 ROG Esport 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
HSDIRR 5 – 13 Wave Esports  9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Team Liquid 13 – 11 Team Finest 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Team Queso 13 – 8 Team Toxic 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
FunPlusPhoenix 13 – 8 Mik0nsDisciple 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Purple Cobras 15 – 13 mens)) 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
nolpenki 15 – 13 Enterprise Esports 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Team Heretics 13 – 11 L’institut 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
SUMN FC 13 – 5 Entoripiq Bravo 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Giants Gaming 13 – 7 Nix.GG 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
eXiLe eSports 13 – 8 STR99 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
SKADE 3 – 13 ISOL-BULIL 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM

Valorant First Strike Europe Qualifier B

Thursday, November 12

Match (B01) PST EST GMT CET
Guild Esports 13 – 2 N0thing to L0se 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Souldazz 5 – 13 eSuba 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Team Toxic 10 – 13 Wizards Club 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
L’institut 13 – 6 Constant Rise 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
HSDIRR 13 – 2 Raven Esports Club 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
M4LIK 13 – 6 B7 Warriors 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Arctic Gaming 10 – 13 Kamil Klein new chapter 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Lunaris 13 – 9 hREDS 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
SKADE 13 – 9 -sheesh- 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
VALORANDO 13 – 6 Chakalaka 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
unsigned 12 – 14 BIG 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Team Finest 13 – 10 Entropiq Bravo 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
need more DM 13 – 5 Blokes 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
STR99 11 – 5 No Teeth 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Rix.GG 13 – 6 Wygers 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Team Cool Guys 4 – 13 VASTA Gaming 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM

Friday November 13

Round Match (BO1) PST EST GMT CET
Play-ins (top 32)










G2 Esports 13 – 1 VASTA Gaming 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
Team Queso 6 – 13 Guild Esports 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
Ninjas in Pyjamas 14 – Lunaris 12 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
Team Heretics 13 – 4 STR99 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
Team Liquid 13 – 1 Kamil Klein new chapter 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
ISOL-BULIL 2 – 13 HSDIRR  8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
Prodigy 13 – 8 Rix.GG 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
nolpenki 13 – 11 BIG 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
FunPlusPhoenix 13 – 2 M4LIK 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
Wave Esports 10 – 13 SKADE 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
Purple Cobras 13 – 4 Team Finest 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
Opportunists 13 – 10 eSuba 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
SUMN FC 13 – 8 VALORANDO 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
MJAOMODE 13 – 15 need more DM 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
Giants Gaming 11 – 13 L’Institut 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM
eXiLe esports 15 – 13 Wizards Club 8AM 11AM 4PM 5PM

 

Round Match (BO1) PST EST GMT CET
Play-ins (top 16)

G2 Esports 10 – 13 Guild Esports* 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Ninjas In Pyjamas 13 – 11 Team Heretics 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Team Liquid 13 – 7 HSDIRR 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Prodigy 13 – 11 nolpenki 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
FunPlusPheonix 13 – 1 SKADE 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Purple Cobras 11 – 13 Opportunists 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
SUMN FC 13 – 9 need more DM 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
L’Institut 7 – 13 eXiLe eSports 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM

*Guild Esports were forced to take a forfeit loss after it was discovered they were using an ‘illegal’ exploit on Ascent. G2 Esports progressed.

Playoffs: Saturday, November 14

Round Match (BO3) PST EST GMT CET
Playoffs
G2 Esports 2-0 Ninjas in Pyjamas 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
Team Liquid 2-0 Prodigy 11AM 2PM 7PM 8PM

Finals: Sunday, November 15

Round Match (BO3) PST EST GMT CET
Playoffs FunPlus Phoenix 2-0 Opportunists 9AM 12PM 5PM 6PM
  SUMN FC 2-0 eXiLe eSports 11AM 2PM 7PM 8PM

Valorant First Strike Europe Open Qualifier #1: Final Placements

The first four teams moving on to compete in the First Strike: Europe Global Finals are:

  • G2 Esports
  • FunPlusPhoenix
  • Team Liquid
  • SUMN FC