- The Valorant closed beta went live earlier today, drawing in a massive 1.6 million Twitch viewers eager to secure a beta drop.
- People have now taken to mining beta access drops by creating alternative accounts.
- Listings on eBay priced in the hundreds of dollars are offering accounts with beta access.
Going into today’s Valorant closed beta launch, the demand for access was always going to be massive.
Aside from the content creators and streamers who’ve bagged access courtesy of their promotional clout, the average player is left watching Twitch, fingers crossed, hoping to feature among the lucky few to land one of the coveted “drops.”
Valorant Beta Drops Keep the Hype Train Rolling
For the sake of simplicity, it’s best to understand drops as beta keys. Developer Riot Games assigns these – seemingly at random – to the linked Riot accounts of people watching drop-enabled Twitch channels.
Riot has enlisted an army comprised of the biggest names on the platform to lure in would-be players and dish out the drops to a select few. It’s a kind of artificial hype fueled by the demand for beta access – a shrewd approach from Riot. People are indeed watching live footage of Valorant, but most aren’t there for the gameplay.
The system is painstakingly tedious and requires hours of watching others enjoy the game you desperately want to play. (Or hours of having the stream on in the background while you do something else.)
With 1.6 million viewers currently tuned in to one or another streamer playing Valorant, the chances of actually securing a drop are pretty slim.
To up their chances, people have taken to creating alternative accounts. Scrolling through the chat user list on any of the most-watched Valorant channels reveals a dizzying array of bogus accounts.
They appear created for the sole purpose of mining beta drops. Even the monikers assigned to…