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How to get a Valorant closed beta drop on Twitch

Published: 3/May/2020 12:35 Updated: 3/May/2020 12:37

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games have announced the date for Valorant’s closed beta, but how can you get your hands on the highly-anticipated tactical shooter? We’ve got all the details.

Riot Games have finally announced the closed beta for their upcoming first-person shooter, Valorant. Set to be pushed live on April 7, players from far and wide will have the opportunity to test drive Riot’s tactical FPS.

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After teasing a number of Agents already, players have been eager to get their hands on an early access version of the game, and here’s how to do just that.

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Fans will be able to get a feel for Valorant for the first time on April 7.

How do I play Valorant’s closed beta?

Riot Games is collaborating with Twitch to provide fans with access to the closed beta. To be eligible, fans from the selected regions will need to follow a three-step process.

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  1. Register for a Riot account (if you haven’t already done so) here.
  2. Link your Riot account to your Twitch account here.
  3. Watch ‘Drops Enabled‘ Valorant streams on Twitch for the opportunity to be entitled for closed beta access.
  4. Pass the minimum threshold of two hours watched before being entitled to a drop.
  5. Look out for a Twitch notification/email stating that you have access.
  6. Download the Valorant client from the official website here and enjoy!

It’s important to note that there are no beta keys flying around, so just follow the above process if you’re looking to be included in the closed beta.

Is Valorant’s beta coming to my region?

The Valorant closed beta will be available in the five following regions: Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, and the United States.

In light of the current ongoing health crisis, Anna Donlon added the following statement as part of Riot’s press release.

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“We want to engage with players as globally as possible, as quickly as possible; so we’ll ramp up our player count as much as we can to test our infrastructure, but we won’t be letting everyone play test Valorant until we’re absolutely sure we can handle it in this newly-uncertain environment.”

But almost one month since the launch of Valorant’s closed beta, Riot are now looking to push both Latin America and South Korean servers online as of May 5, meaning their servers will be flooded with even more players eager to test the hottest tactical shooter on the market.

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Valorant’s closed beta will be available in five regions at launch, with Latin America and South Korea coming on May 5.

Valorant closed beta update from Riot Games

Following the first day of the closed beta, which saw many people struggling to get a code or get online, Riot Games released a pretty lengthy statement about what fans can expect going forward, in terms of accessibility, player feedback and altering ways players can get codes.

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Valorant fans have been doing anything they can to get this message, but what have Riot said about the incredible demand?

“Demand for access to the Valorant closed beta has inspired us, humbled us, and overwhelmed us,” they started. “We learned a lot from yesterday, and would like to let you know what’s going on with closed beta entitlement drops, what we’re seeing, and to reassure you that you don’t need to watch 48 hours straight of streams.”

They went on to explain that, while they want as many people to access the beta as possible, their servers simply cannot handle too many people at this point. It is therefore unlikely that everyone who wants to access a beta drop will be able to get one.

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“We are actively looking into account sellers,” they continued. “If you buy an account for Valorant access, please be aware that your account could be banned before launch! We’re aware of all the viewbotting going on, and do want to reassure you that both us and Twitch have filters in place to distinguish bots vs. people.”

They also stated that you do not need to be present on Twitch for the exact moment your drop comes. For people who have spent hours and hours straight watching streams, Riot have the following messages: “We see you. There’s a shockingly large amount of you, but we should have known this. We can’t guarantee anything but we hope we can reward you for your dedication. Please take a break, we’ll try to get you.”

What are Valorant Points?

As part of their press release, Riot also touched on ‘Valorant Points’ – an in-game currency which will be available during the beta. Yes, that’s right, the closed beta will have access to a fully functional store.

“At full launch, we will give you all of your Valorant Points back, with an additional 20% bonus as a thanks for engaging with our work-in-progress skins and store,” they said.

As an example, Riot stipulated that if players were to purchase 10,000 Valorant Points, they’ll have 12,000 Valorant Points to their name at launch.

In terms of your progress in the beta transitioning across to the main release, the developers confirmed that will not carry over to launch. “Valorant’s current gameplay state may very well change come launch, and it’s better that everyone’s progress begins at the same starting line.”

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Shroud explains how Valorant will become the number one FPS esport

Published: 19/Oct/2020 11:50

by Connor Bennett

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Twitch star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek believes Valorant is going to “easily” surpass Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as the top FPS title around when it comes to esports.

When Valorant launched back in June, players and esports organizations alike quickly moved to show their skills off and create rosters in a bid to get ahead of the curve. 

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Even in its infancy, pros from CS:GO, Overwatch, and other games decided to hop aboard the Valorant hype train and for some, it worked out as they’ve been able to rack up wins in online tournaments and build audiences on Twitch.

With the first-person shooter being backed by Riot, there are plenty of expectations surrounding its eventual growth in the esports world – with some, including Shroud, backing it to knock off the likes of CS:GO and perhaps even League of Legends.

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Many have tipped Valorant to be the next big esport. But is there a world where both CS:GO and Valorant can both thrive?

During a recent stream, the former CS:GO pro had been discussing the landscape of Valorant’s esports scene – noting that the best teams in Europe and North America haven’t had the chance to do battle yet. Once that happens, and the game goes to LAN, Shroud believes it’ll pop off. 

“Dude, Valorant is just going to hit and it’s going to hit hard. Like, it has the perfect recipe right now, right,” he said. “It’s just like, CS numbers are dipping, but to be fair CS strives on LAN so that’s why they’re dipping, obviously once LAN comes back, it’ll be a little different. 

“But still, if Valorant nails the timing of coming to LAN and tournaments are popping off, it’s going to blow the f**k up – even more than it already has.” As someone suggested that Valorant will take the top spot in the first-person shooter esports ranks, Shroud added: “Oh yeah, easily.” 

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The growing intrigue surrounding the world’s best teams not being able to play each other will, undoubtedly, work in Valorant’s favor. 

It just remains to be seen as to whether or not it can cement itself at the top of the esports world. Plenty of games have come along and tried to do so, but the titans of CS:GO and LoL still reign supreme. For now.