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Since its announcement in October, the hype for Riot Games’ Valorant has only gotten bigger. With the launch of its beta this past week, hopeful fans have spent many hours watching streams in the hope of gaining access to it. Valorant keys can only be obtained by watching Twitch streams after you’ve connected your Riot account, and it only happens randomly. Unfortunately, this has also led to some less-than-scrupulous practices, with some gamers selling their accounts once they do get that much-sought-after Twitch Drop.

Riot, however, isn’t standing for this. The developer has announced that it is banning Valorant accounts that are for sale on various websites. Additionally, it is banning bot accounts made to ensure someone earns a beta key.

Valorant accounts being sold on eBay

With the beta keys being completely random, some people made accounts to gain access, only to then sell them on websites like eBay. If you go into eBay and type in ‘Valorant,’ you’ll see several listings appear. Some individuals have their accounts listed for $50, but others go as high as $300. Riot does not appreciate this practice. The company is banning any accounts it finds on websites and accounts that seem suspicious.

Valorant beta keys will release in waves throughout the rest of the week. If you have yet to obtain one for yourself, continue to watch sponsored streams. Riot has assured fans that it aims to have as many people join the beta as possible.

If you’re still tempted to risk buying an account online, here’s another word of warning: there’s no guarantee that the buyer will be forthcoming with the account when you purchase it. Fortnite had a similar issue last year when players started selling accounts that had desired skins. After the account was sold, some sellers would report to Epic that their account had been stolen.

We wish hopeful players luck as they continue to watch streams and wait for their own Twitch Drop. In the meantime, keep up with Daily Esports for further Valorant news and coverage.

Danny Appleford
Danny is an esports journalist for both Daily Esports and Boise State University. He has always been interested in gaming both competitively and casually. You can catch him on Twitter @KovuDanny