Riot's upcoming game Valorant breaks Twitch viewing record

Joanna Estrada
April 15, 2020

Valorant, the competitive multiplayer tactical shooter from League of Legends developer Riot Games, launched into closed beta on Tuesday to select Twitch streamers and offered free keys to viewers watching those broadcasts.

Riot updated the fans about what's mentioned above, and it clearly makes the series of bans a good sign for all the players around the world that are eagerly waiting to play the game. It's coming back to bite them, however: Riot Games is banning people who sell their accounts.

Plug "Valorant" into Ebay right now, and you'll see there is already a pretty thriving market for accounts, with prices going up into the hundreds of U.S. dollars. In a post addressing beta feedback yesterday, Riot said that it was "actively looking into account sellers", and that players that purchase access to the game should be aware "that your account could be banned before launch".

Valorant's closed beta grants access through Twitch drops - if you've watched specific, drop-enabled streams for long enough, you're eligible to receive a key for the beta at random, whether or not you're now watching. "Shooting in Valorant is precise, consequential, and highly-lethal - we want you to win on your skill and strategy alone", Riot says.

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