Valorant Closed Beta — Everything You Need to Know

Valorant Closed Beta — Everything You Need to Know

Want access to the Valorant Closed Beta? Here is everything you need to know to start playing Riot Games' tactical shooter.

Riot Games is finally expanding its portfolio with Valorant, a 5v5 character-based tactical first-person shooter. While details about the game have begun to emerge, it has yet to be available to the public. That all changes with the recently announced Valorant Closed Beta which gives players around the world a chance to check out the free-to-play game. Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming closed beta period.


When does the Valorant Closed Beta start?

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You won’t have to wait too long to check out Riot Games’ upcoming free-to-play shooter. The Valorant Closed Beta begins April 7 on PC at 2 PM CET/6 AM PST. Like many beta periods, the time you can start playing will depend on your region.

If and when you do have access, make sure you can run Valorant on your PC. Below, you can find the minimum, recommended, and high-end specs for the game as detailed at the official website.

Minimum specs (30 frames per second)

  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
  • GPU: Intel HD 3000
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB VRAM

Recommended specs (60 frames per second)

  • CPU: Intel i3-4150
  • GPU: GeForce GT 730
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB VRAM

High-end specs (144+ frames per second)

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
  • GPU: GTX 1050 Ti
  • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
  • 4GB RAM
  • 1GB VRAM

Which regions have access to the Valorant Closed Beta

The Valorant Closed Beta will be available in the United States, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and Europe. Unfortunately, Riot Games could not get the closed beta available in other regions. However, if that changes, you can check out the official Valorant social channels to keep updated. Despite that, Riot Games would still like to hear feedback from those who watch gameplay online.

How to get access to Valorant Closed Beta

Valorant Closed Beta

Getting access to the closed beta is pretty simple. You simply have to register a Riot account, which some of you may have if you play League of Legends. You then have to link that account to a Twitch account. Once the closed beta is up and running in your region, you will need to watch specific Valorant streams to get access. To make it a bit more digestible, here are the steps:

  1. Create a Riot account (create a Riot account here if you haven’t)
  2. Link your Riot account to a Twitch account (create a Twitch account here if you haven’t)
  3. When the closed beta begins, be on the lookout for specific Valorant Closed Beta streams on Twitch to get access.

As time goes on, Riot Games will allow more players to check out the closed beta. However, as of now, the number of players that will have access will be pretty limited based on the current server capacity.

Does your progress carry over from Valorant Closed Beta to full release?

The simple answer is no, your progress will not carry over from the closed beta to the full release. Everyone will begin at square one when the game hits its currently scheduled Summer 2020 release window.

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Despite that, you will be able to purchase Valorant points, the game’s virtual currency you will use to make purchases in the in-game store. However, you will not have to worry about losing your points. When the game fully launches, you will receive all of your points back, as well as an addition 20% bonus.

How long will the closed beta last?

There is no specific date for when the closed beta will end. According to the language used in the announcement, it seems it will be around until its Summer 2020 launch window. However, if “unexpected feedback” occurs, that date may change.


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