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Riot reveals exclusive Valorant reward for Twitch viewers

Published: 5/May/2020 4:07 Updated: 5/May/2020 4:17

by Andrew Amos

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Have you been diligently watching Valorant on Twitch to try and get a beta key? Well, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a special in-game memento ⁠— even if you haven’t gotten beta access yet.

The only way players have been able to get access to the Valorant beta is through Twitch drops. First, it was select streamers. Now, you can watch almost anyone on the platform and have a chance to get in.

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Riot has been keeping an eye on how popular Valorant has been on the platform, and is looking to reward the dedicated hustlers who have spent hours waiting for access ⁠— or just enjoying their favorite streamers playing their new FPS title.

“As thanks for all your interest in the Valorant closed beta and hanging out with the Twitch community, we have a small gift,” the developers said in a May 4 tweet.

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What will players get? An “exclusive player card” featuring Brimstone saluting in the background, and the Twitch logo in the foreground. It’s a small gesture, but a nice one.

If you want to get one for yourself but aren’t in the closed beta, don’t stress. “Even if you don’t get in [the closed beta], this’ll be in your account at launch.”

The player card does come with strings attached though. You have to watch two hours of Valorant on Twitch to be eligible.

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It’s unclear as to whether players who hadn’t reached two hours of viewing time yet will be eligible in the future. It’s also unknown as to whether it’s region locked to areas where Valorant closed beta servers are open.

However, outside of that, it’s all yours. It’ll go to the Riot account linked to your Twitch account, and you’ll be able to equip it when you log in next ⁠— or when you finally get access, whether that be in the closed beta, or later.

Related: Every weapon in Valorant explained

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If you haven’t had the chance to experience Valorant first-hand yet, it shouldn’t be long until you can. Valorant’s closed beta is expanding to Latin America, Brazil, and South Korea in under 24 hours, and more regions are on their way yet.

Keep watching those Twitch streams to get a chance at getting beta access, and you can maybe pick up a player card while you’re at it.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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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:

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  • 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.

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