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Riot respond to Valorant pro’s concerns over ‘prioritized’ patch times

Published: 9/Aug/2020 15:40 Updated: 9/Aug/2020 15:44

by Andy Williams


Is Valorant’s staggered patch times having an impact on regional Twitch viewership? Some pros have vented their concerns and Riot Games’ Game Director has responded.

Given that Riot filters the way Valorant is run by region, the deployment of their updates follows suit. As part of the developer’s staggered approach, specific regions have access to a new patch before others.


Typically since launch, America has been the first to receive a patch, followed by Asia and Oceania, before finally filtering into Europe. While this means the creases that usually come with a new patch are ironed out before going live in Europe and surrounding regions, it does also provide first access to the Americas.

And that’s the crux of the issue: it’s a double-edged sword. While the Americas are tested first, they also have first access to all of the changes within the game. Meaning that thousands will tune-in from around the world to check out the latest changes in the flesh.

Killjoy looking at computer in Valorant
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Europe were the last to see Killjoy in the flesh after the recent 1.05 update.

Valorant players frustrated with patch times

Wygers Team Coach, Lucas Rojo, questioned Valorant Game Director, Joe Ziegler, on exactly why the Americas receive a new patch first, claiming that there’s a “priority towards North America.”

Ziegler responded claiming that there isn’t a priority per se — in the sense that one region is preferred over another — stating that an error is easier to fix if it’s in the developer’s “own backyard.”

“This actually isn’t intended to be priority in terms of access. This is more in the realm of “if it breaks in our backyard it’s easier to fix here before it spreads to the rest of the world.”


G2 Esports’ Oscar ‘Mixwell’ Cañellas chimed in with similar concerns to Rojo, implying that it has a negative impact on viewership in the regions which receive the patch last.

Naturally, deploying a patch will lend itself more to the region that receives it first, as that’s when the interest in the latest in-game content spikes. Of course, this could also impact the competitive integrity of the game, should Riot ever flick the switch on cross-regional matchmaking in Valorant.

For now, though, it appears that the staggered approach to patch deployment is here to stay. So unless Riot are willing to rotate which region receives it first, the player base will just have to adapt.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.


As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

Valorant First Strike art
Riot Games
First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.