Valorant Premier global beta release confirmed: New competitive mode
Riot Games has announced that Premier mode, the competitive path to pro mode, in Valorant, will finally have a global beta in April to test out its capabilities.
Riot has already tested Premier mode on Brazilian servers and is looking to ramp up its testing worldwide. In an announcement video, Andy Ho, Valorant’s game director, gave an update on the team-based competitive mode and what to expect moving forward.
“This new challenge will invite you to build a team and compete throughout the Act in a series of weekly matches on designated maps. If you win enough of your Premier matches, you’ll earn your way into a playoff tournament at the end where you’ll battle to be named one of the top teams in your skill division,” Ho said.
The beta is now confirmed to launch on April 25, 2023, along with the release of Episode 6 Act III.
Valorant Premier will eventually link to VCT pro scene
The mode will also eventually flow into the pro side of Valorant, with the top teams from the mode eventually feeding into VCT Challengers leagues, according to the Head of Valorant Esports at Riot, Leo Faria.
“No more open qualifiers events, your path to pro starts in-game,” Faria said. “And If you do great, you get a shot at Challengers.”
Faria did not reveal a timetable for when the open qualifier system will end for the VCT Challengers leagues, but based on when the mode will start its beta testing, it will not be anytime soon.
Riot’s other esports title, League of Legends, had a similar system at the start of its lifecycle with top teams from its competitive ladder qualifying for a second-tier league that could eventually earn promotion into its top leagues.