While Valorant isn’t set to be released until summer this year, excitement around the title has already rippled through competitive communities.
Many streamers have already played the new tactical shooter from Riot Games in a special alpha event, and have offered their thoughts on how it could be a major rival to CS:GO.
It isn’t long before you can get your hands on Valorant too with a closed beta planned for next week, so how can you get access? Here’s what you need to know.
When is the closed beta and how do I sign up?
The closed beta for Valorant starts on 7th April and will be available to North America, Europe Canada, Russia and Turkey regions.
The beta will go live from 2pm CET/ 5am PDT on PC. There’s currently no end date.
Getting access to the beta however isn't simply through an email sign up. You have to follow the below steps:
- Register for a Riot account
- Link your Riot account to a Twitch account
- When closed beta activates in your region (EU and NA for now) - watch specific Valorant closed beta streams highlighted on Twitch
Not everyone will gain access of course as it’ll be granted to a limited number of players, but you essentially have to keep an eye on specific streams with the Drops Enabled tag to be in with a chance.
Valorant's closed beta starts next week (Picture: Riot Games)
Which streamers have beta key drops?
Before the beta kicks off next week, streamers who have already played Valorant are set to give out beta keys starting 3rd April.
Your first opportunity will be the Twitch Rivals Showdown, which is two separate tournaments for EMEA and NA regions featuring different streamers.
You can check out the start times below:
- Showdown EMEA: 5pm GMT / 10am PT / 1pm ET
- Showdown NA: 8:30pm GMT / 1:30am PT / 4:30pm ET
Even more streamers however are set to be giving out beta keys. You can find a full list via Liquidpedia here.
How many keys are available?
While Riot Games haven’t confirmed how many beta keys will be up for grabs, CS:GO player Jordan “n0thing” Gilbert stated on Twitter there’ll be 25,000 keys available to players.
BTW, theres gonna be 25k beta keys dropped on approved Twitch channels for @PlayVALORANT starting tonight at midnight... my channel is one of them 🤟 - I'll be streaming some of my gameplay footage and talking about it, tune in and get lucky with a beta key~— Jordan Gilbert (@n0thing) April 2, 2020
He is among those who will be streaming the title too, so be sure to get yourself up to speed.
Valorant will be released in summer 2020 on PC.