Riot Games respond to rumors of Valorant Beta starting soon - Dexerto

Riot Games respond to rumors of Valorant Beta starting soon

Published: 3/Mar/2020 13:44 Updated: 3/Mar/2020 16:40

by Calum Patterson


Riot Games have reiterated that a beta date for Valorant has not been publicly confirmed yet after reports from Eurogamer suggested that it would come “in the next few days”.

With the game itself set to launch in Summer 2020, there is only a few months for a beta to take place, if there is indeed going to be one. Then, there’s even less time for Riot to actually implement any changes for the final build before release.

So, if there is to be a beta, then we would expect it to release fairly soon. However, some also speculated that the Summer 2020 release would actually be a beta version first.

Valorant beta in “next few days”: Update

The reason for all the rumors was a post on Eurogamer, which stated that a beta for the game will be releasing much sooner than expected.

Confirming that the title is free-to-play, and the release of Summer 2020, the article then states: “with a beta starting in the next few days.”

Update, March 3, 10:42AM EST: Riot Games has confirmed to Dexerto that the claim of a beta starting in the ‘next few days’ is “100% false.”

Another Eurogamer article, detailing the author’s hands-on experience, states “as the game approaches its beta.”

As these reports began to circulate, rumors about a beta being just around the corner began to grow.

For now, Riot is remaining tight-lipped on when the closed beta will take place. Whether an open beta will follow remains to be seen.

The only timing we know for certain is that the game will release in Summer 2020, but no exact date has been given for the launch yet.


Movistar Riders drop Valorant pro for cheating in an official match

Published: 17/Jan/2021 17:01 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 17:22

by Joe Craven


Spanish esports organization Movistar Riders have released Rui ‘rapaztriste’ Fonseca from their professional Valorant roster for using cheats during an LVP Rising Series qualifier. 

Professional Valorant is very much still finding its feet, with a plethora of new talents joining ex-CS:GO pros in the esports world of Riot’s new FPS. 

Movistar Riders are not necessarily a household name in Valorant, yet, but are one of the many esports organizations that have joined the game’s competitive landscape. 

However, their time in Valorant esports has now been marred by a cheating controversy, which has seen them part ways with one member of their roster. 

Valorant artwork
Riot Games
Professional Valorant looks to have a bright future.

A January 17 statement from Movistar confirmed that Rui ‘rapaztriste’ Fonseca has been released with immediate effect, after being found to be using cheats in a January 16 match. 

The statement explains that, following on from a game in the LVP Rising Series, a number of the team’s players informed their manager of suspicious behavior and gameplay on the part of rapaztriste. 

Subsequently, an investigation was launched with the help of LVP and Riot Games, and Fonseca was found to be “using resources not allowed within the game to gain a competitive advantage.” In other words, using illegal cheats. 

“As a response from the club, the player is no longer part of Movistar Riders,” the statement finishes. “From here, we want to apologize to LVP and Riot for what happened and thank them for their speed and their availability to find a solution to the problem. Of course, we also want to extend our sincere apologies to all Valorant fans and tournament participants.” 

Fans were, quite understandably, frustrated with the player’s behavior, but glad to see the swift action taken by his organization. 

The remainder of the roster remains unchanged: 

  • Carlos ‘scarx’ Sanchez
  • Maks ‘kamyk’ Rychlewski
  • Mihály ‘Tishler’ Kállai
  • Michael ‘mikigoalie’ Buzek

It’s currently unclear who Movistar will look to sign to fill the vacant position left by rapaztristre.