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Valorant devs reveal closed beta end time and progression reset details

Published: 22/May/2020 17:04

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have revealed what time the closed beta will be ending on May 28, as well as what progress will be carried over from beta to the main game when it launches on June 2.

Valorant is arguably one of the most exciting games around today. Riot Games’ first foray into the first-person shooter genre, after tremendous success over the last decade with MOBA League of Legends, is sure to be a success, and the beta definitely warmed huge amounts of players to it.

Now, with the beta coming to an end, we take a look at when exactly you’ll have to tuck the game away for a while, as well as how much progress will carry over from the beta.

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Players have already started to familiarize themselves with the maps and their favorite Agents.

While it’s been well-publicized at this point that Valorant release date and closed beta end date confirmed, with the closed beta ending on May 28, some players have questioned how much of their hard-earned progress they’ll get to keep – if any at all.

We can confirm now that players will get to keep some of the progress they’ve earned, and exactly how long you’ve got to level up.

What time will the Valorant closed beta end?

At this point, you all know that the Valorant closed beta ends on May 28, but in a blog post straight from the Valorant devs, it has been confirmed that the beta will shut down at 9 am PT (12 pm ET/5 pm BST) in all regions.

That said, you will still be able to load into a game at 8:59 am PT – but after that, queues will end, and the servers will officially be shut off at 10:30 am PT.

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Servers will be completely shut down worldwide at 10:30 am PT.

Although the launch is cited as a worldwide one, it’s worth noting that Riot Games say that “there are still some regions that we can’t get to just yet, like Vietnam, India, the Middle East, and a few others,” so if you’re in one of those regions, you might have to hold out a little longer.

What progress will carry over from Valorant closed beta to full game?

Riot Games also revealed in their blog post that all Valorant progress will be reset except for whatever you earned in the Closed Beta player pass.

Your store purchases won’t carry over with you, but however many Valorant points you bought throughout the duration of the beta will be credited back to your account, with a convenient 20% bonus on top. So if you bought 1000 Valorant points, you’ll have 1200 Valorant points at launch.

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Most of your progress will be lost when the full game launches, but Riot have offered some incentives to beta players.

So, if you’re worried about losing the things you purchased, don’t worry: you’ll get your points back and more. It may be frustrating buying them again, but at least you’re not losing it.

Although it might be a bit frustrating to lose the rest of your progress, to some it may be a welcome change; now you’ve learned more of the game, that original progression might look pretty poor compared to what it will do after a couple of weeks with the full game.

So make sure to get those games in now before the beta ends, and if you’re looking to buy Valorant points, now might be the perfect time so you can get your bonus on top.


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

Published: 24/Nov/2020 16:07

by Andrew Amos


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.