Man, even with all this time to play the games we own, there’s still the burning desire for the next big thing. A new game to surpass the last new game. Riot Games will be hoping that Valorant, a hero/tactical hybrid shooter will be top of plenty of people’s lists. The League of Legend developer – and other things, but mostly League of Legends – has been tinkering away on Valorant for a while, and now they’re ready to start showing it off. Except, they’re being all picky about it as it’s in closed beta.
Worry not though! As Riot have thought pretty far outside the box, and you can get a code to join this closed beta by doing something you’re probably already doing if you’re even vaguely interested; watching Valorant streams. Simply head over to twitch.tv, head to the Connection tab in the Settings and link your Twitch account with your Riot account (make sure you’re logged in to both of the sites before you try it unless you’re error message fans). Once done, find a streamer who’s showing the game off. It seems that the codes have gone out to some of the largest streamers out there, and they’ve added “Drops enabled” to the title of their stream just so you know they’ve got codes to give away.
You can hop right in there now and start watching summit1g who seems to have the lions share of the Valorant viewership at the moment, or perhaps try out TimTheTatman instead, who’s currently sitting in second place. Whether that means there’s more or less chance of grabbing a code remains to be seen, but it’s all very interesting to watch people learning the ropes anyway.
Valorant is a free to play multiplayer shooter that’s aiming squarely for some of the market that Fortnite and Apex Legends have so successfully hoovered up, while bringing a touch of CS:GO style tactics to the hero shooter genre. Players can choose from ten different Agents, each of whom have unique skills and abilities, and take part in 5v5 engagements.
How long does it take to get a code?
It seems a bit like “how long is a piece of string”. We’ve seen people pick them up in a couple of hours, while others are complaining that they’ve ben watching for 12 hours and not got anything. For the record we’ve been watching for about three and a half hours, and have nothing yet.