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Valorant leak reveals first look at rumored game launcher

Published: 16/Mar/2020 13:19

by Andy Williams


While the hype continues to build for Riot’s tactical shooter, a leak has given Valorant fans a first look at the game’s potential client screen.

Valorant is poised to take the tactical shooter genre by storm, with many in the esports world hailing early previews of gameplay to be reminiscent of both Counter-Strike and Overwatch.


Popular streamers, such as Imane ‘Pokimane’ Anys have even been vocal with how Riot’s venture into the FPS realm will be the final nail in Overwatch’s proverbial coffin.

Valorant gameplay.
Riot Games
Could Valorant be the go-to tactical shooter after its Summer 2020 release?

Plenty of information has already reached the surface in regards to the game’s Agents, with Riot set to release more character teasers for fans to dissect each week.


While Riot has been vocal about Valorant being a PC exclusive title, nothing has been released on whether their shooter would be available via third-party video game distribution service (such as Steam), or whether it would have its own independent client.

Now, however, it appears that Valorant will be launching directly via its own Riot Games client after a leaked screenshot of the game’s supposed launcher emerged on the Valorant subreddit and on Twitter.

The launcher’s artwork features five Agents battling it out on Valorant’s near-future earth. In the foreground, Viper is taking cover while holding the Spike (the equivalent to a bomb in CS:GO).


In the background, both Phoenix and Jett are locking horns in a gunfight, while it appears that Cypher is using one of their abilities while behind cover. Behind Jett is what looks to be the outline of Sova, who is taking shots at Viper’s cover.

All in all, the artwork paints a chaotic scene while showcasing Valorant’s vibrant color scheme and simplistic, lane-based maps. Topped with the Riot Games’ logo, the theme of the client screen also matches up to League of Legends’ launcher.

League of Legends game launcher.
Riot Games
LoL’s launcher received a fresh lick of paint in 2019.

However, the most important takeaway message from the leaked launcher, is that it appears as if Riot will be hosting Valorant independently, meaning that they can govern updates without having to handle issues of third-party hosts.


Moreover, this will allow Riot to efficiently implement and tweak the abundance of anti-cheat measures they will have put in place to provide players with a level playing field.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.


As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

Valorant First Strike art
Riot Games
First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
Riot Games
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The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.