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Valorant dev warns beta launch will be “bumpier than usual”

Published: 7/Apr/2020 6:13

by Andrew Amos

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Valorant executive producer Anna ‘SuperCakes’ Donlon has issued eager fans a warning ahead of tomorrow’s closed beta launch ⁠— things will not be as smooth as players will hope for.

The hype around Valorant is hitting fever pitch. Less than 24 hours out from the release of the game’s closed beta, players are sweating to get a taste of Riot’s five-versus-five tactical shooter for themselves.

However, while Riot are hoping it all goes to plan, they’ve warned the community that things will be “bumpier than usual.”

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Valorant’s closed beta is dropping on April 7, but players shouldn’t expect super smooth gameplay from the outset.

During an April 6 dev update, SuperCakes gave fans an update on what to expect from the launch just one sleep away.

The game won’t be as polished as they would have hoped for, due to all employees moving to a work-from-home schedule, and that’s also impacted things outside of development. The infrastructure and quality assurance testing hasn’t been completed yet, and they’ve been open about that.

“Rolling out infrastructure as ambitious as ours requires a lot of travelling and physical shipping of servers,” she explained. “Your ping might not be as good as what we’re aiming for because physical data centers need to be built and set up.

“We [also] rely heavily on our partners for testing quality, hardware compatibility, performance ⁠— these are our biggest commitments to you,” she added. “Our ability to test and fix some of these things has taken a bit of a hit.”

However, shipping Valorant now seemed more important than ever. Riot wanted to test how well they were tracking ⁠— even if it meant closing it off to certain regions. They’re asking players for “a bit of patience” as they scale up the launch, so everyone can try the game.

“The plan was to bring the Valorant closed beta to as many players as possible from around the world as quickly as possible, but for now, we will have to start on focusing on the regions we feel are most ready.

“We will be ramping up our player count as high as we can to test our services, but we will not be letting everyone in at once.”

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Valorant’s beta will be launching in five regions starting on April 7.

As for a push-back of the Summer 2020 release window? Riot are still running on the same schedule they had back in October for Valorant and are feeling “pretty optimistic” of launching worldwide on time.

However, things are still too early to call. As things crop in the beta test, Riot will have to adapt, and the delays in physically building infrastructure are still there.

Want to get access to Valorant? We’ve got all the details of how you can get the opportunity to test the game starting April 7. Be sure to also read our guides, so you can figure out which agent you’ll main before jumping into the action.

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How does the Valorant Champions Tour work? Dates, format, regions, more

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:07

by Andrew Amos

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The Valorant Champions Tour is set to define the outlook of Riot’s flagship FPS from 2021 onwards. The esport scene has been divided into three stages, giving players from grassroots to top-tier a chance to shine. Here’s how it works.

The Valorant Champions Tour is here to revolutionize professional play for Riot’s hit FPS. After a year of domestic tournaments and regional leagues, there’s now hope of getting a dose of international play in 2021.

However, the Valorant Champions Tour announcement is a lot to digest. If you’re left confused by the announcement, we’ve broken down each tier of play here, and how the entire system works, as simply as possible.

Valorant Champions Tour format
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The Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three tiers: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.

Valorant Champions Tour regions

Before we can dive into what each tier of the new Valorant Champions Tour means, we need to break down who’s participating. There are seven regions looped into the Valorant Champions Tour ecosystem.

  • North America (includes Oceania)
  • Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Korea

It’s a similar spread compared to Riot’s handling of League of Legends. Bigger regions, like North America and Europe, will have more slots at the bigger international events.

Smaller regions, like Oceania and CIS, don’t have a direct path to qualification through their domestic events. They will instead have to make it through specified events in North America (OCE) and Europe (CIS), on top of making it through their home region.

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Here’s how the Valorant Champions Tour circuit is shaping up for 2021.

What is Valorant Challengers?

Valorant Challengers is the domestic level of Valorant competition. Each region ⁠— regardless of size ⁠— will have a Challengers event.

Each Challenger event takes place over six weeks with three open qualifiers. It’s similar to the First Strike format: play through Opens, make it to Closed Qualifiers, and if you perform well enough, you make the Challengers Final.

Valorant Challengers format in Valorant Champions Tour

Eight teams will qualify for the Challengers Final. This is the path towards the international Masters-level events. The top teams from each region will earn themselves a spot at the next Masters event:

  • North America (and OCE): Top 3 teams
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): Top 4 teams
  • Brazil: Top 2 teams
  • Korea: Top 2 teams
  • Japan: Top 2 teams
  • South-East Asia: Top 2 teams
  • Latin America: Winner of Valorant Challengers

There will be three Valorant Challengers events throughout the year (February, May and August), each running into their respective Valorant Masters event.

What is Valorant Masters?

Valorant Masters is the first stage of international play in Valorant. The best teams from each region will qualify for one of three Masters events, spaced out across the year. The teams will be decided by their placements in Valorant Challengers.

Teams will earn points based on their performance at Masters-level events. These points will be put towards qualifying for the end-of-year Valorant Champions event ⁠— the World Championship.

Due to the current global situation, Masters events may remain at a domestic level for now, and emulate the format from Valorant Challengers. However, making it to Masters and performing well will still be the key to making the big Valorant Champions event.

What is Valorant Champions?

Valorant Champions is the biggest event on the calendar. It’s essentially the Valorant World Championship. After a year of competition, the top 16 teams around the world will duke it out for the biggest prize in the circuit. It’s set to be a “massive” two-week long event.

There will be 12 direct invites into the Valorant Champions event, based on Masters performances. However, this isn’t the end of the line.

Valorant Champions and Masters format for Valorant Champions Tour

Four more slots will be up for grabs in regional last chance qualifiers. These last chance qualifiers will be split across: North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific. Here’s the regional breakdown.

  • North America (and OCE): 4 slots
  • Europe (and CIS, Turkey, and MENAI): 4 slots
  • Brazil: At least 2 slots
  • Latin America: At least 1 slot
  • Japan: At least 1 slot
  • South-East Asia: At least 2 slots
  • Korea: At least 1 slot
  • Masters 3 Winner: Direct invite

Putting it simply, the Valorant Champions Tour gives teams of all levels a chance to go from grassroots to glory. From small local Challengers events, all the way through to the Champions Final, there’s a clear path to the top no matter if you are a big organization or a small pub-stomping team. Of course, you still have to meet that Immortal 1 minimum threshold!

The Valorant Champions Tour is set to kick-off in February 2021 with the start of Valorant Challengers Season 1 across the world.