Valorant closed beta access guide and FAQ - Everything you need to know!

With the release of Valorant’s closed beta taking the gaming world by storm, plenty of people are eager to join in. This has resulted in tons of confusion over just how you can access the beta and whether there are ways to get an edge in the system. We’ve included a quick guide and FAQ below for some of the most popular questions we’ve seen.

How do I gain access to the Valorant closed beta?

First and foremost, you need to know how to get into the beta. If you haven’t already seen our guide to getting beta access, we have the quick three-step process for you here:

  1. Register for an account with Riot Games
  2. Link your Riot Games account in your Twitch settings
  3. Watch qualifying Valorant streams on Twitch.

As many of you know by now, many streamers have been lying about having drops enabled on their stream, including prominent Twitch personalities like DrDisrespect. To ensure that the stream you are watching qualifies, check out this feed.

Can I watch multiple streams at a time to increase my chances?

As we covered a few days ago, the short answer to this question is “No.” It doesn’t matter if you have 40 streams open at one time. As long as they’re all linked to the same Riot Games account, it will only count as one connection.

Does the number of viewers on a stream make a difference?

No. You won’t have a better chance on a stream with fewer people. The entire Valorant closed beta drop system is connected to the same pool. So if there are 1.7 million people online, you’re competing against all of them, no matter whose stream you’re on. Feel free to watch whoever you enjoy the most and don’t worry about the viewer count!

Do I need to watch a streamer from my region?

Nope! You could be in Europe and still get a closed beta key while watching streamers like summit1g, TimTheTatman, or Pokimane. As long as you are watching a stream with drops enabled, you qualify!

Do I need to watch for a certain amount of time to get a drop?

According to the latest Valorant blog post by Riot Games, players have their best chance of qualifying for a drop after notching around 2 hours of cumulative stream time. This means that if you watch for a 30-minute session at one time, watch for an hour later in the day, and watch another 30 minutes the day after, you still qualify. You don’t need to keep the same stream running or even open. All your watch time counts towards the total.

The best part is that once you have notched two hours, you are eligible for all future drops! It’s very possible to watch for a few hours one day and wake up the next day with closed beta access! Keep checking back to your Twitch profile for new notifications, even if you haven’t watched for a while.

Do I need to watch Valorant streams for the rest of my life?

Well, you can if you want! But if all you’re after is closed beta access, then the answer to your question is no. As we stated in the previous section, once you log a certain amount of hours of watch-time (around 2 hours), you’re eligible for all future drops, even if you aren’t watching streams at that time.

I’m getting pretty impatient. Should I just buy an account?

Do NOT buy a closed beta account. Not only is it a waste of your money, as you will have plenty of time and plenty of chances to get in, but Riot Games has already begun banning accounts that were bought and sold. It would be a shame if you went through all that trouble and lost your overpriced account the next day. Plus, you’d be rewarding a bot farmer, which just sucks in general.

Just don’t buy or trade accounts. It’s not worth it.

What are the chances the beta ends before I get in?

Incredibly slim. Hundreds of thousands of keys have already gone out and plenty more are coming on a daily basis. A member of the Riot Games team has also confirmed that the beta will “last for a while” and we’ll see ranked queues implemented before the end of it. That tells us that we’ll be in this testing phase long enough for most people to get a crack at the game (before all of our progress is cruelly wiped anyway).

I still haven’t gotten one key and my friend somehow got two on the same account. What gives?

Riot Games has confirmed that “double drops” are a simple UI error and aren’t taking away drops from other people. Tell your friend that they can stop bragging about a meaningless glitch.

I am on Day 56 of watching continuous Valorant streams. I haven’t slept. I’ve stopped eating. I haven’t spoken to my school friends in years. I’ve lost myself in the vast wilderness of life and I am no longer human. I am nothing more than a foul beast with a relentless hunger. A hunger that can only be sated by access to the Valorant closed beta.

Riot Games has this message for you:

For those of you who have been marathoning VALORANT streams In the hopes of getting a drop … we see you. There’s a shockingly large amount of you, but we should have known this. We can’t guarantee anything but we hope we can reward you for your dedication. Please take a break, we’ll try to get you.

Where can I get more of this awesome Valorant coverage, as well as all future game news, content updates, and guides?

You can find all of that and more at our Daily Esports Valorant portal!

Taha Zaidi
Pizza. Music. Baseball. Wrestling. Netflix. If society thinks it's a waste of time, I'm probably addicted to it. Also, I write about stuff sometimes.

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