Ex-Overwatch professional turned full-time Twitch streamer Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has explained why he “feels bad” for legitimate Valorant content creators, as debate about closed beta drops continues.
Despite the acclaim with which Valorant’s closed beta has been received, some community members have criticized the way in which beta drops are distributed; by watching Twitch streams of Valorant.
A host of prominent content creators, including summit1g and DrLupo, have slammed Twitch streamers who are pretending to be live in order to bait viewers into their streams. Some streamers have realized that setting old VODs to live gives the impression they are live-streaming, even if they are simply replaying an old stream.
Valorant’s closed beta has been loved by most who have managed to get access.
On April 27, xQc appeared to side with both Lupo and summit, tweeting his sympathy for legitimate Valorant content creators. Many Valorant streamers are grinding the game as much as possible, but are struggling for viewers as a result of the abundance of fake streams.
“I rarely make Twitch meta tweets,” xQc said, “but I actually feel bad for people making organic and genuine content for Valorant, completely buried under all the drop-rats farming bots.”
It is not only streamers trying to manipulate the system, but a number of viewers appear to be ‘botting’ streams in efforts to enhance their chances of getting a beta drop.
I rarely make twitch meta tweets but I actually feel bad for people making organic and genuine content for valorant, completely burried under all the droprats farming bots like it’s wow gold. The directory is in such a sorry state it looks like a scam site.
“The [Twitch] directory is in such a sorry state, it looks like a scam site,” he finished. Here, xQc echoed some of summit’s complaints directly – that Valorant is undermining its own standing on Twitch because of the number of fake streams and viewers.
Riot have provided multiple updates relating to the streaming situation, including measures they are taking to try to reduce fake streamers and viewers. Regardless, many community members argue it remains a problem as the Valorant beta approaches a month old.
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.
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)
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.
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.
A step-by-step guide to the VCT format.
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.
Qualifying for Valorant Champions isn’t easy, but it’ll be worth it.
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!