- Riot Games has announced a Valorant closed beta starting next week.
- Riot is limiting access to NA and EU players at first, before expanding to other regions.
- Would-be players need to jump through hoops for a chance to participate.
Riot Games announced today a closed beta for highly-anticipated upcoming tactical 5vs5 shooter, Valorant, starting Apr. 7.
In the lead up to a release this summer, Riot says it’s staging the beta to test out Valorant’s competitive chops, and as a means of fostering a global community of players.
Valorant Closed Beta
In a press release sharing the news, Riot reveals that the closed beta will be limited to players in Europe, Canada, United States, Turkey, Russia, and CIS countries.
Riot specifies that only Europe and North America will be available from day one on Apr. 7, with more regions opening up as the company deploys server infrastructure.
There are plans to extend the Valorant beta to other regions beyond those listed above. Riot says this hinges on ‘the volatile logistics of launching a beta effectively during a global pandemic.’ Riot says to look for updates via official channels as the beta progresses.
As for the details, the Valorant closed beta kick starts on Apr. 7 on PC at 2 pm CET/6 am PST. Riot notes that progress won’t carry over to the full launch of Valorant to ensure an equal footing for all players, notably those that miss out on the beta.
Riot will carry over-purchased Valorant points to the full game, while also throwing in a 20% bonus as recognition for buying work-in-progress skins.
Participants Will Need to Jump Through Hoops
Now to the all-important question of how to get involved in the beta.
In our estimation, it’s a rather tedious rigmarole. The registration process sees would-be players jump through quite a few hoops for only a chance of taking part.