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Valorant: The Newest Riot Games Hit

The closed beta for the newest game from Riot Games has opened just a few days ago. All of the best Twitch players and streamers got invited to play it, especially those “specialized” in the shooter genre niche.

Aside from that, Twitch announced on their blog that they are teaming up with Valorant. It immediately became a huge hit on their platform at one moment amassing over 1.5 million viewers.


Trying out for Valorant

To get a chance to play the closed beta, just follow these steps:

  1. Live in one of the following countries: Canada, Europe, Russia, Turkey, or the United States.
  2. You need to have or register to Twitch and Riot account and link them together. All of the instructions on how to do this can be found in the Twitch blog.
  3. Link your Riot and Twitch account.
  4. When closed beta starts for your region, you need to watch streamers that have drops activated on their accounts so you can get rewarded a Closed Beta Access.

Do we have a new hit game or a fast passing fad?

Just like any new game out there, some of the excitement about Valorant didn’t last for so long. However, the viewer watching base is still strong and is consistent with around 1 million views.


That is pretty huge for Twitch standards too. In a single day, this single game category had over 35 million hours. At some point, it even reached the peak point of 1.7 million concurrent viewers. A single Valorant game had as much as Legends World Championships and Fortnite’s “The End” event. That, in itself, is a huge success by any standards.

Valorant is just the first of many games Riot Games has prepared for this year as they celebrate 10 years of starting their most popular game, League of Legends. Part of the line-up is Legends of Runetera which is coming out this summer, and a new game called Wild Rift. Legends of Runetera open beta has been out for some time and has amassed their audience.

Will Valorant stay this huge of a hit even when it goes out? Only time will tell. Until then, you can try out Legends of Runetera. It is free and a fun card game that has some similarities with other popular card games like Hearthstone or Magic: The Gathering.

YouTube: Closed Beta begins in EU/NA | VALORANT

Photo credit: The images used are owned by Riot Games and have been provided for press usage.
Source: Twitch blog post

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Djordje Stanisavljevic
Tech Journalist