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Valorant beta-drop Twitch streams breaks records, penetrates e-sports with first tournament

By KERRY TINGA and JULES VIVAS

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The highly anticipated game Valorant, a team-based tactical first-person shooter (FPS), has already broken records and seen great success even though it hasn’t even officially been released yet. This free-to-play game pits two teams of five players against each other in a 24 round gunfight of attackers versus defenders, similar to Overwatch and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

For two weeks now, the character-based FPS retains its spot as the top content watched by hours on Twitch with 106.50 million streams from April 13 to 19. On the day the beta launched, Valorant had over 1.7 million concurrent views and had broken the single-day watch record on Twitch with 34 million hours watched. Since then, Riot Games announced that Valorant has seen 165 million hours watched, apparently breaking another Twitch viewership record.

Meanwhile, just this week, ESPN Esports have already televised live streams of an eight-team event consisting of 40 pro gamers and Twitch personalities. This broadcasted event is the first time a sanctioned tournament has been held for a game not yet released to the public.

In early April, game developer Riot Games announced that Valorant would enter closed beta for streamers on the live streaming platform Twitch. These streamers have since been dropping highly coveted beta access keys to their viewers who would watch the players live streaming the game. While the closed beta was originally planned to be a limited event, Riot confirmed that it will continue into the summer season when the game is scheduled to be released.

The game also came in second for the highest concurrent stream account behind Riot’s 2019 League of Legends World Championship, which peaked at 44 million concurrent viewers and a total of 100 million unique viewers last year. It has been suggested by video game and e-sport reviewers that Valorant is poised to become a new e-sport staple.

In order to get access to the closed beta, create a Riot account, link it to your Twitch account, and watch select Valorant streams—streamers such as Yassuo, shroud, sneaky, imaqtipie, trick2g, pokimane, and summit1g—for a couple of hours. Click here to see Riot Games’s official post on how to get the beta access key from Twitch streamers.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/23/valorant-beta-drop-twitch-streams-breaks-records-penetrates-e-sports-with-first-tournament/)

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