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Valorant dominates during beta with new Twitch viewership milestone

Published: 8/Apr/2020 1:09

by Bill Cooney


Valorant has already set a major Twitch milestone by helping the platform to more than 4 million viewers at one time, and it almost dethroned League of Legends in the process.

The closed beta for Riot Games’ new team-based shooter went live on April 7, and the only way for most people to get a shot at gaining access was to watch the game on Twitch to try and get a drop.

Because of this, and the insane amount of hype with it finally coming out, Valorant saw over 1.7 million concurrent Twitch viewers on Tuesday, and came close to taking League of Legend’s top peak-viewership spot.

Over 1.7 million viewers at once was enough to surpass Fortnite’s peak of 1.69 million during the 2019 World Cup, which was a record-setting event in its own right.

Even though it didn’t set a milestone on its own, Valorant definitely contributed to an all-time milestone of 4 million concurrent viewers on the platform.

Despite climbing to within 50,000 peak viewers of LoL, it wasn’t able to take the top spot, but for a game on its first real day of being streamed on Twitch, over 1.7 million people watching at once and a new Twitch record aren’t half bad at all.

Valorant dominated Twitch on April 7, the first day its closed beta was live.

Looking at it from Riot’s perspective, the developers have to be pretty happy that it’s their two games that currently hold first and second place for peak viewers on the platform.

Valorant probably could have gotten even more viewers, and maybe even broken the record, had Riot not blocked esports organizations from streaming the beta on launch day.

Esports players blocked from streaming Valorant closed beta
Riot Games
Riot said not allowing esports organizations to stream Valorant on launch day was so there was no “competitive advantage.”

Riot still gave teams beta access, but requested that they not stream until April 8, so that players had “equal opportunity” to get access from drops on the 7th from the content creators that had already been streaming.

If you weren’t one of the lucky few to get access on April 7, don’t panic. Riot have confirmed they’ll be staggering access to the beta and will be sending out additional invites as the servers become able to handle the additional players.


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
Riot Games
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.

Riot Games
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.