Community Excitement for Valorant Closed Beta Drives Record-breaking Twitch Viewership

Riot Games’ Character-based Tactical Shooter Makes History with 34 Million Hours Watched. LOS ANGELES - April 8, 2020 - Twitch, the world’s leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, and video game developer and publisher Riot Games today announced the highly anticipated first-person tactical shooter, VALORANT, broke Twitch’s single-day hours watched record in a single game category within the first hours of the Closed Beta launch. 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."


For additional details about the VALORANT Closed Beta, including Twitch entitlement guidelines, visit www.PlayVALORANT.com.

About VALORANT:
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.

About Riot Games:
Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world. In 2009, Riot released its debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim. League has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports.

As League enters its second decade, Riot continues to evolve the game while delivering new experiences to players with VALORANT, Legends of Runeterra, Teamfight Tactics, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and multiple work-in-progress titles, while exploring the world of Runeterra through multimedia projects across music, comic books, TV, and more.

Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, Riot is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 2,500+ Rioters in 20+ offices worldwide.

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