Valorant is Now Live and Free-to-play Worldwide

After a Record-Breaking Closed Beta, Riot Games’ Officially Launches Its Competitive Character-based Tactical Shooter for PC. Create an account, download, and play at www.PlayVALORANT.com



Riot Games today confirmed VALORANT, the highly anticipated, 5v5 first-person tactical shooter, is now live around the world, arriving on-schedule in the midst of a global pandemic. Gamers in most regions can create a VALORANT account and download the free-to-play PC game. Fans should also be sure to check out VALORANT’s brand new launch cinematic trailer, titled Duelists, as well as their latest gameplay trailer set on VALORANT’s newest map, Ascent, both of which kick off the first episodic arc of the game.

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 pits two teams of five players against each other to win a round-based, attackers vs defenders, best-of-24-rounds gunfight. VALORANT is a free-to-play game 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.



Record-Setting Closed Beta

VALORANT quickly established itself as a fan-favorite among the global first-person shooter community after launching its closed beta in April 2020. The game made history on its first day, breaking viewership records with 34 million hours-watched in a single day, and surpassing 1.7 million peak concurrent viewers, a peak concurrent record second only to Riot Games’ 2019 League of Legends World Championship Finals. Over the course of VALORANT’s two-month beta testing period, an average of nearly 3 million players logged on each day to play. Fans also demonstrated their enthusiasm for the shooter by watching more than 470 million hours of VALORANT closed beta streams on Twitch, the world’s leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, and Korean video-streaming service AfreecaTV.

Unprecedented Game Server Quality & Infrastructure

VALORANT is launching with dedicated 128-tick servers, for free, for everyone. Additionally, VALORANT servers will upsample all player movement to 128 FPS, meaning the servers will automatically upscale lagging players with poor internet connection to 128 frames per second for the other players. Additionally, Riot is committed to less than 35 millisecond ping for at least 70% of players globally, made possible by Riot’s network of ISP peering arrangements called “Riot Direct.” Riot Direct has a global network of backhauls for VALORANT players, with points of presence in most major global cities, giving Riot the ability to repair broken routes, load-balance congested routes, and add new circuits to serve more players in the future (so where there is demand, that 70% will go up).

To demonstrate this point, Riot Games recognized that player demand was even higher than anticipated during VALORANT’s closed beta, and they have pushed for more game server deployments in places where latency wasn’t meeting their standards. On their short-term roadmap is to get new game server deployments in Warsaw, Madrid, London, Atlanta, and Dallas. Additionally, they are looking into improving latency conditions in Colombia, Argentina, and Eastern Europe.

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VALORANT
is a 5v5, competitive, character-based first-person tactical shooter for the PC. VALORANT is a game of precise skill, high stakes, lethal gameplay, and clutch moments that rewards creative gameplay styles. In games of VALORANT, players lock in their agent for the entire duration of the match and then attempt to win a round-based, attackers vs. defenders, best-of-24-rounds fight.



In VALORANT, gunplay matters the most and Riot Games is wholly committed to ensuring a high-fidelity gameplay experience, including dedicated 128-tick servers for all players, for free; a global spread of datacenters aimed at less than 35ms ping for players in most major cities around the world; a custom-built netcode in pursuit of precise hit registration; and proprietary anti-cheat prevention and detection from day one. Shooting in VALORANT is precise, consequential, and highly-lethal - we want you to win on your skill and strategy alone.

Set on a near-future Earth, in VALORANT you choose from a global cast of agents, all hailing from a real-world location and culture. Each agent brings a unique set of tactical abilities they can use to gather information, fortify locations, scout for enemy intel, breach defensive sites, control territory, and more. Abilities create unique tactical opportunities for you to take the right shot.

Key Features:
  • Precise, lethal, high-fidelity gunplay - A player with steady aim and a pistol will always beat an unsteady sniper. In VALORANT, fights can end in milliseconds, time-to-kill is low (most headshots are instant kills, most rifles kill in 3-4 bullets), and recoil is punishing. Every shot counts.
  • A diverse arsenal of guns - All agents have access to all guns, which can be purchased via a round-to-round based economy. All guns have their own strategic value and depth of mastery in both recoil control and situational deployment.
  • Agents with unique abilities - Abilities are designed to complement - not overpower - gunplay through tactical information and strategic support. Each agent brings a unique set of abilities that change how you approach a situation.
  • Competitively tuned maps for thousands of hours of play - Each map in VALORANT is designed to support a wide variety of strategies and team compositions, leading to thousands of hours of play and mastery.
  • A world fighting for its existence, a VALORANT squad to defend it - In the world of VALORANT, a diverse cast of hypernatural, battle-ready agents from across the world have come together to respond to a larger existential threat, with catastrophic, world-altering consequences on the line.
  • Unprecedented Game Server Quality & Infrastructure
    • Dedicated 128-tick servers, for free, for everyone - additionally, VALORANT servers upsample all player movement to 128 FPS, so even if your opponent is lagging due to a poor internet connection, VALORANT servers will automatically upscale their movement to be 128 FPS smooth
    • Less than 35 millisecond ping for at least 70% of players globally - In 2014, Riot Games began working with ISPs to set up peering arrangements to get players onto the Riot Games network as soon as possible (called “Riot Direct”). Now Riot Direct has a global network of backhauls for VALORANT players, with points of presence in 35 cities around the world. The final result: a commitment to less than 35ms ping (even less in most major cities) for at least 70% of players around the world, and the ability to repair broken routes, load-balance congested routes, and add new circuits to serve more players in the future (so where there is demand, that 70% will go up)
      • All of the above is in pursuit of our fight against “Peeker’s Advantage,” a common technical hurdle in shooter games where, due to poor or low-quality network and server issues, an attacking player can sometimes see (and shoot) a defending player before the defending player can react. VALORANT demands pixel-perfect, high-fidelity gameplay, and Riot Games is committed to providing a best-in-class technical experience to support it
  • Anti-Cheat Technology & Proprietary Cheat Detection on Day One
    • In-engine wallhack resistant ‘Fog of War’ - To combat wallhacks, VALORANT employs a unique ‘fog of war’ system that omits player locations until just before line of sight contact.
    • Server-authoritative game architecture - All VALORANT games are server-authoritative, making it impossible for a player to cheat in game-defying ways, like speed hacks or teleportation hacks.
    • Riot Games’ proprietary Vanguard cheat detection - VALORANT uses the League of Legends anti-tamper system in addition to a new anti-cheat platform, Vanguard, a Riot Games owned and developed cheat detection tool that allows for consistently evolving detection methods and the ability to instantly ban cheaters. Any game with a cheater detected will be ended immediately and forgiven for all other players.
  • Hardware Specifications - VALORANT is optimized to perform on a wide variety of PC hardware, allowing for a global audience to compete
    • Recommended Specs - 60 frames per second:
      • CPU: Intel i3-4150
      • GPU: Geforce GT 730
    • High-end Specs - 144+ frames per second:
      • CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
      • GPU: GTX 1050 Ti
    • Minimum Spec - 30 frames per second:
      • CPU: Intel i3-370M
      • GPU: Intel HD 3000
    • PC hardware recommendations:
      • Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
      • 4GB RAM
      • 1GB of VRAM
Developer/Publisher: Riot Games
Platforms: PC
Release Timing: 2020
Price: Free to Play


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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