It's no exaggeration to claim that Valorant might be the most anticipated game of 2020. From the moment Riot announced they were entering the FPS genre taking the best things of CS:GO and Overwatch, mixing them up together, interested spiked greatly.
The aforementioned was seen during Valorant's showcase on Twitch, where big streamers such as Timothy "TimTheTatman" Betar, Jaryd "Summit1g" Lazar, Brandon "Seagull" Larned, or Ali "Myth" Kabbani helped the game push fast 1 million concurrent viewers.
#VALORANT HITS 1 MILLION VIEWERS ON @Twitch!— ValorANZ (@ValorANZ) April 3, 2020
A fantastic milestone being hit even prior to the game's Beta or official release.
Congratulations to the @PlayVALORANT team over at @riotgames!#ValorantGame | #ValorantBeta | #RiotGamespic.twitter.com/FsJSkjKtjY
One of the big reasons a lot of people are tuning in to the streams beyond general excitement to see official footage from Valorant, is the fact that you can earn closed beta keys just by watching them.
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It is also worth noting, all of the activity and hype surrounding Valorant has been organic, with no paid streamers being a part of the reveal, unlike other big games released in previous years.
.@Slasher first reported this, but find it pretty fascinating. @PlayVALORANT influencer content, as of this tweet, has 941,000 viewers and @riotgames didn't pay a cent for people to participate in last weekend's bootcamp. The same can't be said for other games.— Jacob Wolf (@JacobWolf) April 3, 2020