Valorant has entered its closed beta phase and everyone and their mother is flocking to Twitch to get an early glimpse of Riot Games’s new tactical first-person shooter. While more than just streamers are able to get into the game’s hotly-anticipated beta, the process of getting into the Valorant beta isn’t as straightforward or guaranteed for everyone.
At the moment, the Valorant beta is exclusively a Twitch Drop. This means that you can only get into the closed beta by watching Valorant streams on Twitch. What you first need to do is connect your Riot account to your Twitch account.
Head over to your Twitch account and go to your settings. There’s a section called Connections which allows you to connect Twitch to other platforms, like Twitter. Scroll down until you find Riot Games and click the connect button. You should be prompted to log into your Riot account and if all has been done successfully, you’ll see a little green tick.
The big stumbling block is that not all streamers are able to give out these drops as only a select few have been given this ability by Riot.
If you’re trying to get into the Valorant beta, you’ll need to narrow down your Twitch search for the channels that are able to drop beta invites. For this, you’ll need to not only find Valorant streams but specifically, those with the Drops Enabled tag. Now I know what you’re thinking: “I’ll just watch multiple streams at the same time!” Sadly, the issue is that the drops are completely random so plopping yourself into several streams won’t do much for your odds.
Should you be so lucky as to receive a drop, you’ll get a notification on Twitch and your Riot account will have immediate access to the Valorant closed beta. At the moment, it seems like the League of Legends studio wants to keep their latest game’s beta small. There hasn’t been any information or indication of how many people they intend to invite. A whopping 1.6 mil eager gamers are watching Valorant streams these days so chances are pretty slim. Of course, this could all change down the line so fingers crossed for an open beta soon.
Getting into valorant beta may look like a pipe dream at the moment but checking out its gameplay isn’t. As we said, there are a few streams playing the game almost non-stop so it’s worth popping into some of them for an early peek.
If you are very serious about playing valorant competitively make sure to appear offline so you can avoid those lower skilled friends.