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Riot announce closed beta for Valorant: Release date, regions, more

Published: 30/Mar/2020 18:00 Updated: 30/Mar/2020 19:17

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games have announced their closed beta release for Valorant – the highly anticipated character-based tactical shooter.

The hype is real for Riot Games’ venture into the first-person shooter realm. Fans from all corners of the esports world have been keeping tabs on all of Valorant’s teasers as we edge closer to the Summer 2020 release date.

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Many have tipped the tactical shooter to be the perfect hybrid between Overwatch and CS:GO. And now, fans are one step closer to getting their hands on it for themselves as they’ve announced the closed beta.

Valorant's characters.
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Riot have teased four Agents so far: Phoenix, Viper, Sova, and Sage.

When is Valorant’s closed beta?

Valorant’s closed beta is set to be pushed live on April 7, 2020. Meaning that players will have just over a week from Riot’s announcement to prepare themselves for the grind.

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In terms of how long the beta will last, the company simply stated that they’re looking to keep the closed beta “as short as we can while getting additional regions online.”

With that in mind, the League of Legends developers stated that if they receive a lot of “unexpected feedback” from players during this period, they will re-evaluate.

Valorant's buy menu.
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Players will have the opportunity to get to grips with Valorant’s unique economy system.

Is Valorant’s closed beta coming to my region?

Given the inherent logistical strains that come with the ongoing global health situation, Riot is rolling out their closed beta to a set number of regions.

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The regions that will have access to Valorant’s closed beta are: Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, and the United States.

However, fear not, as Riot has pledged to try and get more regions online, “pending the volatile logistics of launching a beta effectively during a global pandemic.”

Valorant's closed beta regions.
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Valorant’s closed beta will be available in five regions at launch.

How do I register for Valorant’s closed beta?

Riot will be providing fans with an opportunity to play the Valorant beta by tuning into selected Twitch streams.

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Providing that fans have linked their Riot and Twitch accounts, all they’ll need to do is tune into specific Valorant streams (which will be highlighted on Twitch). For a full breakdown on how to get early access to Valorant, check out our ‘how to play’ guide.

Discussing the closed beta launch in a press release, Anna Donlon stated: “Our plan was to bring the Valorant closed beta to as many players around the world as quickly as possible, but the pandemic has impacted those plans, compromising a wider global rollout.”

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“For now, we have to focus on the regions where we feel most ready, with more regions following in the months to come.”

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Could Valorant get League-style Clash tournaments in-client soon?

Published: 7/Oct/2020 3:31

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant’s competitive system is getting another overhaul in Ignition Act 3, with more strict party restrictions, changes to progression, and more. However, with the “tighter rank queue,” could the door be opening for in-client tournaments, like League of Legends’ Clash, in Valorant?

Valorant’s competitive experience is not only an important point for players, but Riot themselves. The tactical FPS was designed with competition in mind, from the way the game was optimized, to its basic mechanics.

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Whether Valorant’s competitive queue has lived up to that expectation is a different story though. The experience has been widely criticized by players due to numerous factors: no solo-duo queue, no leaderboards, a confusing progression system, and more.

Riot are vowing to change some of these things in Act 3. They are reducing the squad rank disparity limit from six tiers to three. They are also aiming at adding a cap on party sizes at high ranks, a leaderboard, and a more clear progression system early in 2021.

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With these changes though, friends won’t be able to queue up for ranked if their ranks are too far apart. This has opened the door for Riot to implement in-client tournaments like they did for League of Legends with Clash, and they’re entertaining the suggestion.

“We’ve heard from others that there is a desire for even more organized team play, but just not in the same queue,” design director Joe Ziegler told players while outlining the Act 3 competitive changes. “We hear you on these things, [but] they may take some time to implement.”

Clash in League of Legends was a replacement for the old ranked fives queue. Instead, teams of friends can take part in monthly tournaments, being seeded into a bracket based on their rank and playing against teams of a similar skill level. There’s also in-game prizes on the line.

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A similar system has been yearned for by Valorant players since the game’s release. Riot have indicated that such a feature could be closer than ever with the Act 3 changes. However, it’s still in development for the time being.

League of Legends Clash client team building page
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Clash lets League players team up with friends to take part in in-client tournaments. There’s also prizing for the winners.

“We know there are many of you that like to queue competitive with friends of a wide skill range. We see this demand for this kind of team-based competition, and it’s on our roadmap,” competitive design lead David ‘Milkcow’ Cole said.

“We’re excited on our end to get this team-based feature up and rolling but it’ll be a bit before it’s out live ⁠— it’s a large feature,” he added on Reddit after the changes were announced on October 5.

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Valorant players should definitely get excited at the prospect of League-style in-client tournaments. It’ll add a more structured competitive experience to Valorant, where you can queue with friends to try and take down other five-stacks in a competitive setting without jeopardizing your rank.

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There will also likely be prizes on the line. While League of Legends has profile banners, icons, and skins on the line, maybe in Valorant special player cards, tags, and skins could be drafted up to celebrate those who win. The possibilities are endless, and only time will tell what Riot has in stock for players.