If you've been eager to play the next game from Riot Games, the wait won't be much longer. The closed beta for Valorant will go live on April 7 for players in Europe, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and the U.S., with more more regions possible in the future.
Fans can get entry into the closed beta through drops on eligible Twitch streams. Once the closed beta goes live, specific Valorant game streams on Twitch will drop closed beta access for those who have linked their Riot account with their Twitch account. Essentially, if you want in, link your accounts and watch some Valorant streams.
While there is a possibility of the closed beta coming to more regions, it is pending due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A statement from Anna Donlon, executive producer of Valorant at Riot Games, says that while the plan was to bring the closed beta to as many players as possible, the pandemic has impacted those plans.
"We want to engage with players as globally as possible, as quickly as possible, and so we'll ramp up our player count as much as we can to test our infrastructure, but we won't be letting everyone playtest Valorant until we're absolutely sure we can handle it in this newly uncertain environment," said Donlon.
Valorant is Riot Games' take on tactical shooters like Counter-Strike, in development for years. It's part of Riot's larger push to expand to more games than just League of Legends, including card game Legends of Runeterra and a fighting game currently called Project L. The company also launched a third-party publishing arm called Riot Forge, dedicated to narrative games set in the League of Legends universe.
Valorant is set for launch on PC in summer 2020. It's unclear how long the closed beta will run, so if you're really aching for some Counter-Strike action, you might want to lurk in a few Twitch streams when it launches.