Schedule revealed for Twitch Rivals Valorant, the game’s biggest event

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Valorant’s closed beta servers may have shut down today, but the action is still continuing. 

Riot’s new first-person shooter is launching June 2, but fans don’t have to wait until then to see more Valorant gameplay from their favorite pros and content creators. Earlier today, Valorant announced that they were “teaming with competitive FPS creators” to hold a global Twitch Rivals tournament. There will be a $200,000 prize pool split between each participating region. 

It’s also an opportunity for newly-formed Valorant teams to “count themselves among the first global Valorant champs.” 

According to Twitch’s Summer Game Fest press release, the Valorant tournament will feature content creators from North America, Brazil, LATAM, Europe, Korea, and Japan. 

“After a record breaking closed beta, Riot Game’s 5v5 character-based tactical shooter VALORANT is launching on June 2. To celebrate, Twitch Rivals is collaborating with Riot to execute the first set of competitive events for Valorant on its grand opening weekend,” Twitch declared. 

“This’ll be the biggest global VALORANT tournament the world has seen so far. Looking forward to it,” tweeted the Valorant team. 

Valorant developers prepare for June 2 release date

The Valorant closed beta has only just come to a close. While a big tournament looms around the corner, the Valorant team at Riot wanted to also take the time to look at some of their accomplishments during the closed beta. 

“Valorant Closed Beta was an opportunity for us to learn what worked, what didn’t, and what you’d need from us to have the best experience playing Valorant. With your help, here’s what we accomplished in the last two months. Thanks to players around the world for joining in!” Valorant tweeted

In photos accompanying the tweet, Valorant made it clear that the closed beta testers and players are what helped them prepare for their June 2 launch. While there was 2,409 reported server crashes, Riot also recognized that direct player reports helped them fix 383 bugs. 

There were 12,54 bug fixes overall, including six patches. The Valorant patch also showed off Vanguard’s capabilities, with over 7,786 cheaters caught trying to “sneak back into Valorant.” The numbers showed just how powerful these hardware bans truly can be. 

While some popular content creators, including Mike “shroud” Grzesiek, have voiced concerns that Valorant isn’t ready for the June launch date, Riot has reassured Valorant players that there will be additional changes made. These changes will be detailed in patch notes upon the game’s official release.


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