The Valorant Public Beta Environment (PBE) is getting ready for launch as Riot is opening test servers for selected accounts to preview upcoming patches, and here’s all you need to know to sign up.
Similar to Riot’s League of Legends PBE, the separate client and its servers invite players to try out everything from new mechanics, upcoming patches, and the like before they hit the live servers.
This is a step toward quality control that can help snuff out errors or bugs, and even entire buff/nerf ideas if they’re found to completely break the game.
There’s been a few instances of that being the case in Valorant, but the process should improve now that invited players will be able to play full matches on proposed patch builds.
Valorant PBE release date
Riot is launching the PBE on July 9 for the first time in Valorant’s young history. After that, people can expect Riot to invite other batches of players the weekend before a new patch.
The studio said the PBE will be “selectively available” and open “over one weekend before each new patch, two weekends prior to the normal Tuesday live date.”
How to apply for Valorant PBE?
To join the Valorant PBE, North American accounts will have to apply to be permitted into the test servers.
Valorant PBE sign-up:
- Go to PBE apply page
- Log in to NA Riot Valorant account
- Select ‘Download’ to get the PBE Client
- Verify your date of birth
- Install Client
- Sign in to Valorant PBE
Reminder, just because you download the client, doesn’t mean you’ll be permitted to enter.
You should get one email from Riot confirming you signed up. Then when the PBE goes live, invited players will get another email with further instructions to access the test server.
Valorant PBE sign-up requirements
There are a few requirements that Valorant players will have to fulfill before getting to play in the PBE.
- Your account has no current bans or restrictions.
- Account has to be in the North American region and must be used consistently.
Notes to remember if you’re trying to enter the Valorant PBE: 1) the client is only open the weekend before a patch release & 2) you need a PBE invite before accessing the servers.