Riot Games’ new first-person shooter game called Valorant is now available in closed beta. It is a 5v5 multiplayer shooter which is like a mix of Overwatch & Counter-Strike. Gunplay is a big part of Valorant & each character (called an “Agent”) will also have special powers & abilities. But you cannot download or get the key on their website or anywhere else just like that. So the question is how will I get the key? Well, there are a few steps you need to do to get those keys.
Riot has already explained how to get Valorant beta keys in their blog post. But, just to simplify it-
- You need to register for a Riot account.
- You need to also sign-up for a Twitch account.
- You need to link your Riot account with your Twitch account.
- Now you need to start watching Valorant Twitch streams with drops-enabled ie, you need to watch only those streams which have a tag called “Drops-Enabled”
Now you need to spend a couple of hours watching these streams (Looking at the current coronavirus pandemic & lockdown situation, this seems to be possible). According to Riot Games, its roughly 2 hours ie total Valorant stream view time, but because of high-demand & Riot having limited slots available on the server, this could vary. Once you reach that threshold, you’re eligible for a Closed Beta entitlement drop. Riot officially said they had a peak viewership of 1.7M+ on Twitch. So that’s a lot of competition. At first, only selected Twitch streamers were able to drop invites but now all twitch streamers are eligible to drop invites as long as they are streaming Valorant. This doesn’t increase the number of invites being sent but the options have certainly increased. Riot has also begun the process of manually rewarding “the most engaged Valorant stream viewers” with beta invites, as a thank you to fans.
This initial beta is only available to players in the United States, Europe, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and CIS countries. More regions could be supported later but can be delayed to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Valorant Launch Date
Riot Games hopes to launch Valorant in “Summer 2020,” but has not given a more specific release date. According to Riot, the Valorant closed beta will be “short,” but it’s willing to reconsider based on player feedback. Riot Games has also announced its next game. “Legends of Runeterra” which is a free-to-play strategy card game, much similar to another popular game “Hearthstone” that takes place in the League of Legends universe. It is aimed to be released on April 30, 2020.