The community finally got its first taste of Riot Games’ new FPS title Valorant thanks to a plethora of early access content. Twitch streamers and esports professionals from all over showed off gameplay and the pre-recorded Twitch Rivals event. While this was exciting in and of itself, the big attraction was the closed beta access. The Valorant beta begins on April 7, but as of right now, we don’t have an end date. However, a Riot Games developer has vaguely stated how long the beta will last.
Valorant’s closed beta: no end in sight
The beta within Valorant works rather differently than other betas we’ve seen in the past. Instead of giving all players access or having some kind of prerequisite, Riot Games is offering admittance based on luck. By watching select Twitch streams, you have a chance to receive a drop that earns you beta access.
Obviously, this is a tad controversial because of how many players want to experience Valorant. However, this will likely ensure the servers aren’t overloaded when the beta does go live next week. According to a Riot Games developer, who commented via Discord, it seems the beta will be live indefinitely without a set end date. Paul “Arkem” Chamberlain also noted that ranked queues would appear during the beta.
The fact that there is no end in sight for the closed beta as of now should give players comfort in knowing they will likely get a chance to test it, one way or another.
While Riot has confirmed there will be multiple ways to earn access starting on April 7, for now, the best way is to keep watching those Twitch streams!
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