Riot Games' new competitive shooter Valorant won't officially release for quite some time, but the closed beta is available to try right now for those lucky enough to get an invite. The beta havn't released the end date , and there are some steps you can take in order to become eligible and receive a closed beta entitlement. Riot has also recently explained how Valorant beta invites work in a blog post, the details of which we'll go over below--most important, perhaps, is Riot's clarification on exactly how many hours of Valorant streams you need to watch in order to get invited to the Valorant closed beta. Riot has also expanded which streams can drop invites for the closed beta.
How To Get Into The Valorant Beta
To access the Valorant beta, you will need a Riot account, but you also need to sign up for Twitch. You must also be located in one of the regions listed above. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to become eligible for a Valorant beta invite.
- Register for a Riot account
- Sign up for Twitch
- Link your Riot and Twitch accounts and make sure drops are enabled
- Watch Valorant closed beta streams on Twitch
According to Riot, you need to watch roughly 2 hours of Valorant streams in order to be eligible for a closed beta invite. A higher "weight" is given to viewers with more hours of Valorant streams clocked, which means your chances of getting an invite should be increased, but--as Riot states--"it's still not guaranteed."
Will Valorant Closed Beta Progress Carry Over To The Final Game?
According to Riot, progress you make in the closed beta for Valorant will not carry over to the final game, as its "current gameplay state may very well change come launch." While gameplay progress won't be saved, you will retain all Valorant Points you purchase during the closed beta, plus a 20% bonus as a thank you from Riot, when the game launches.
When Does Valorant Launch?
Riot Games hopes to launch Valorant in "Summer 2020," but has not given a more specific release date.