Riot Games hint Valorant could be coming to mobile, PS4 and Xbox One - Dexerto

Riot Games hint Valorant could be coming to mobile, PS4 and Xbox One

Published: 21/Apr/2020 0:39 Updated: 21/Apr/2020 0:47

by Michael Gwilliam


With the Valorant beta sailing smoothly on PC, Riot Games has provided a bit of an update as to when console and mobile gamers could get their hands on the free-to-play tactical FPS.

Launching on April 7, the Valorant beta was met with widespread hype as top streamers and content creators showcased the game for the world to see. However, some console gurus and mobile game aficionados felt a bit left out.

That could all be changing in the future, however, as Valorant Game Director Joe Ziegler explained to Express Online that Riot were open to releasing the game on other platforms at some point.

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Valorant has been a massive hit so far.

When asked about the possibility of the FPS making it to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or mobile devices, Ziegler made it clear that the idea was something Riot were “exploring.”

“While we are exploring other platforms like console and mobile, right now the team is working hard to deliver a top-notch experience on PC,” he said.

So, while we could see Valorant make its debut on consoles and handheld devices at some point, it doesn’t look like the game will be playable on anything but PC for the time being.

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Riot is “exploring” Valorant on console and mobile.

This does make sense as the game is still in beta and the PC version is a testing ground of sorts with two additional agents and one more map still to be released before the game’s official launch.

Ziegler was also asked about challenges the development team faces creating a major title outside of League of Legends.

“Team PVP focused games traditionally have a tough time telling stories or even building worlds to tell meaningful stories in, and Valorant was no exception,” he stated.

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Console players have been itching to play Valorant.

“As we built Valorant, there were a lot of wild and clever creative ideas we thought about bringing to life (many I’m too embarrassed to mention here), but in many cases the ideas became constraints that would alter the gameplay, or the ideas themselves would be conceptually hard to grasp without material we didn’t support in the game,” he added.

That’s not to say that the product they have put out has been faultless; players haven’t hesitated in expressing their frustrations about the overpowered nature of some Agents and abilities.

However, the developers have made it clear that their plan isn’t to have “knee-jerk” reactions to every complaint and demand on social media. Instead, they want players to explore everything before calling for something to be buffed or nerfed.

In short, there are higher priorities on Riot’s plate right now than releasing Valorant for consoles and mobile platforms, and only time will tell when that’ll end up happening.


Riot criticized for picking Ninja & Myth as “exclusive” Valorant co-streamers

Published: 1/Dec/2020 13:52 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 14:51

by Lauren Bergin


Valorant First Strike NA has become one of the fiercest competitions that we’ve seen in Future Earth’s short history. Valorant fans, however, aren’t pleased that Ninja and TSM Myth will be the only two streamers allowed to stream the tournament.

Valorant’s First Strike NA tournament has been one of the most hotly contested of the game’s global tournaments. There’s been upsets, crazy plays and a whole host of amazing competitive Valorant play for fans to sink their teeth into.

With the final leg of the NA tournament on the horizon, Riot Games have decided to grant exclusive co-streamer status to only two lucky personalities: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Bevins and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani of TSM.

The announcement has fallen slightly flat, however, and fans aren’t particularly thrilled over Riot’s choice of streamers.

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Valorant First Strike has been the biggest Valorant event to date.

Ninja & Myth are First Strike co-streamers

Riot Games announced on November 30 that Twitch goliaths Ninja and TSM Myth would be “exclusive co-streamers” of the First Strike: NA main event.

The news of an ‘exclusive’ co-streaming deal with the two content creators left a lot of fans and fellow streamers somewhat unpleased. It led to a plethora of Tweets and Reddit threads dedicated to discussion around whether or not it’s fair to grant exclusivity to these two personalities.

Fans hit back

The main element of this situation that has left fans disgruntled is the idea of Ninja and Myth being granted exclusivity to the First Strike stream. This means that any other streamers who planned on streaming the event won’t be able to.

Twitch streamer mOE responded with surprise that other streamers wouldn’t be able to stream the event:

A Tweet from another fan called for the inclusion of the Overwatch League’s Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson to the lineup. The caster hosts a weekly podcast called Plat Chat on YouTube, which is entirely dedicated to Valorant. He also streams frequently, so it would make a lot of sense to include him in the exclusive co-streamer list:

Some fans were so unimpressed that they took their concerns to Reddit, where a lengthy post on the ValorantCompetitive subreddit sees fans express their disappointment.

The thread, started by u/AnOldMonkOnDMT, notes that Ninja’s ‘polarizing personality’ coupled with TSM Myth’s ‘preference for TSM’ makes the idea of watching their co-streams unappealing.

Exclusive Co Streams for First Strike NA from r/ValorantCompetitive

The comments echo this:

Dexerto has reached out to Riot Games for comment.

Typically, esports tournaments will prevent streamers from ‘co-streaming’ to avoid diverting viewership from the official broadcast.