Twitch and Riot Games (League of Legends) today announced that yesterday’s Closed Beta launch of the first-person tactical shooter Valorant broke the Twitch record for single-day hours watched in a single game category within the first hours.
While also surpassing 1.7 million peak concurrent viewers, second only to the 2019 League of Legends World Championship Finals, Valorant set a new record with 34 million hours watched. Riot Games is collaborating with Twitch to entitle fans with Valorant Closed Beta access, which kicked off on Tuesday, April 7.
“With Valorant, Riot Games has proven once again that building a strong community on Twitch from day one is key to success,” said Ben Vallat, SVP of Alliances and Corporate Development at Twitch. “We’re seeing incredible excitement across the community and, just as with League of Legends, we’re pleased to be a part of Valorant’s success story from the start.”
Valorant had previously broken the Twitch single-day viewership record with a gameplay capture reveal event on April 3, 2020 that garnered 12.2 million hours watched.
“Our hearts, inboxes, and social media DMs are filled to the brim with all of the enthusiasm for the Valorant Closed Beta. At this moment we are laser-focused on delivering a truly global experience for competitive tac-shooter fans, and we’re already learning many lessons,” said Anna Donlon, Executive Producer of Valorant at Riot Games.
“This is just the beginning of our journey with players, and as we roll out our server infrastructure in these tumultuous times, we’re looking forward to inviting more Valorant players from around the world into this digital community.”
Valorant is a competitive 5v5 character-based tactical shooter for the PC, currently in development at Riot Games. Set to launch around the globe for most regions in Summer 2020, Valorant is a precise and lethal multiplayer game with high-fidelity gunplay, a diverse arsenal of guns, agents with unique abilities, and competitively tuned maps for thousands of hours of play.
Valorant is a free-to-play game and optimized to perform on a wide variety of PC hardware, allowing for a global audience to compete. Demonstrated by the game’s best-in-class game server quality, global infrastructure, and proprietary anti-cheat technology, Riot Games is committed to preserving the core tenets of the tactical shooter genre and upholding the competitive integrity of the gameplay experience.
In Valorant, players choose from a diverse cast of hypernatural, battle-ready agents from real-world cultures and locations, each bringing a set of unique abilities that complement gunplay through tactical information and strategic support, changing the way players approach a situation.
Abilities are designed to create tactical opportunities for players to take the right shot.
Because ensuring high-fidelity gameplay and maintaining competitive integrity matter the most in Valorant, Riot Games invested in an unprecedented, best-in-class technical back-end to support the game, including: dedicated 128-tick servers for all global players, for free; a custom-built netcode in pursuit of precise hit registration; server authoritative game architecture and proprietary anti-cheat prevention and detection from day one.
Valorant is highly consequential, so players should know for certain that their win or loss is the sole outcome of their own skill and strategy.