Valorant is Riot Games’ first foray into the first-person shooter genre. The game is currently in a closed beta, which began on April 7. In just a couple of weeks, Valorant has surpassed two million followers on Twitch, with hundreds of thousands of concurrent viewers watching streams at any given time. Much of this viewership success is thanks to Riot’s brilliant marketing campaign in which they are giving out access to the closed beta via Twitch drops to viewers watching streamers playing the game.
While there are no actual beta keys being given out, viewers on Twitch can gain access to the closed beta from specific beta invites that will notify lucky players via an official email from Riot as well as with a notification on Twitch. Getting an invite to the closed beta for Valorant is quite easy, and there are only a few steps to need to take to become eligible.
First, you need to have a Riot account, which you can create on its website. If you have previously played anything published by Riot, like League of Legends, then you already have one. Next, you will need to create a Twitch account, which is just as simple as the previous step and can be done through their website or the app. Once you have completed these steps, or if you already have both accounts, you will need to link your Riot Games account with your Twitch account. This can be done on Twitch’s website via the Connections tab located under Settings.
The last step is either the easiest or the most difficult depending on your level of personal luck. You simply have to watch streams that are listed as having “Drops Enabled” under the stream title. Beta invites being given out at random to viewers of these streams. Originally, only a handful of streamers selected by Riot could have drops on their channel. However, Riot decided to expand this so that any streamer with access to the closed beta who is streaming the game is eligible.
Riot went into further detail and explained some of the inner workings of the invite process. It announced that there is a weighted system to the drops,and that there is a minimum requirement of two hours watched to be considered for an invite. The more hours you watch, the higher the chance you’ll gain access to the game. While watching streams is currently the only way to gain access to the closed beta, there is no guarantee that you will receive an invite regardless of how many hours you have watched.
There is no announced date for the end of the Valorant closed beta, though Riot has indicated that it will be short. It’s also possible that Riot will announce an open beta after the closed beta ends (which is what Blizzard did it with Overwatch), but there is no guarantee of that as of now. The good news is that, even if you don’t get into the closed beta, the game is slated to release in Summer 2020, so you probably won’t have to wait too long.
Riot Games has made getting access to the Valorant closed beta is a simple process, but one that requires some luck.