Livestreams of Valorant’s closed beta broke a Twitch viewership record (because people wanted free keys)

    
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Livestreams of Valorant’s closed beta broke a Twitch viewership record (because people wanted free keys)

Riot Games’ multiplayer FPS Valorant was in a limited closed beta this past Tuesday, and there were a whole lot of people tuning in to watch the game’s Twitch livestreams. So many, in fact, that a viewer concurrency record was broken — 34 million hours were watched with 1.7 million viewers at peak, which shattered the single-day hours watched record in a single game category. For context, that 1.7 million is second only to League of Legends’ 2019 World Championship.

While one might think that the digital world is clamoring for another character-based multiplayer FPS, there does seem to be an important asterisk to these numbers; players had to watch specific streamers in order to get themselves their own key to play, and it would appear that a great number of people heeded the instructions. So perhaps it’s less about excitement for Valorant’s arrival and more that people like to get something for free; we’ll all keep that in mind when the shooter issues its next presser.

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Rodrigo Dias Costa

This will probably also be the modus operandi of their next games (that Action RPG and anything else they eventually announce on the next decade).

Legends of Runeterra also did that, put lot of streamers playing it and dropped keys for the beta randomly to the viewers. That probably worked in the other game’s favor since they’re repeating now.

Although they both are f2p games (LoR already is while still on beta, and Valorant is planned to be on release), luring viewers with an early access key seems to be doing the trick on the marketing front.

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Hikari Kenzaki

I take part of it back.

Valorant had its first cheater banned today while still in CLOSED beta. Someone had to work to get that key (okay, so they probably just had 1000 bots in Twitch chat inflating streamer numbers) just to cheat.

It’s one thing that Riot is actually well known for is keeping cheaters out, but Tencent has about 3 shooters that are just loaded with aimbots and cheats so… maybe it really isn’t Riot anymore after all.

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Vunak

Been playing Valorant since the beta started. Lots of fun honestly. A much better CS:GO

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I got into the CBT on the evening on April 7th and I’ve been spending a couple of hours into the game, it’s definitely fun and while the gunplay feels somewhat easier than CS:GO, I still have trouble getting the hang of it and making my shots line up properly.

I really like how the game is, but I feel like it needs additional game modes like TDM, Payload/Escort, CTF, KOTH, Conquest.

Definitely feels like “The Next Counter-Strike”. What I mean is it feels what would be a logical evolution of Counter-Strike if Valve made it.

Because honestly, after 3 CS games, there has been SO LITTLE innovation there. CS 1.x was the progenitor, CS:S was 1.x with better graphics and gunlpay somewhat felt more comprehensive, CS:GO added a few new items and weapons and updated the graphics a bit more from Source and that’s the extend of the “improvements”.

If there is a Counter-Strike Next, whaterver it’s going to be, I would imagine it will be like CS:GO, but with better graphics and a few new weapons at best. I’d imagine AK-47 to be replaced by AK-12 or AK-15 with AK-12 being an alternative option like M4A4 and M4A1-S and a few more “modernizations” of the arsenal, other than that I don’t think Valve will dare to do something too drastic that will change the game too much, like in Valorant by adding an ADS option to most guns, because the purists that play CS will go nuts. The sad thing about CS players is that they want to play the same thing forever and change scares them.

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TherecDaMage .

Thank you for the correct take on the reason the Twitch viewer numbers were so high. You had to watch the streams constantly, all day, for a chance at a beta key. The top streamers were advertising that their streams were giving away these keys all day as a way to boost revenue. It was a genius move to inflate viewership on the game as nobody was going to watch a non-Valorant stream and miss out on a chance at a beta-key.

The game itself seems alright. CSGO with ultimates. It’ll have a place in the e-sports world but it’s not revolutionary enough to kill any current games.

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Jarette Domongatt

Well, Id still play Rogue Company than Valorant.

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James Crow

same here, i think RC looks better and RC is all i ever wanted epic to make in fortnite :D

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That 3rd person crapfest by Hi-Rez? That game is gonna fail hard, the audience for 3rd person shooters is so small, it will be a miracle if it survives 12 months before they can it.

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rafael12104

So I took a peek. Just to see what all the hubub was? And Summit had 220k viewers, XQC well over 100k and then there was a steep drop.

But streamers in general had one hell of a pay day.

The game? A Fortnite version of CSGO.

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James Crow

i think is more like Paladins/OW version of CSGO tbh.
didnt saw anything that grab my eyes.

rightnow im enjoying fortnite/bleeding edge and waiting for ninjala on the switch

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Hikari Kenzaki

“A bunch of people stuck at home inflates the numbers of streamers promoting a game to get free stuff. More at Eleven.”

“In other news; still Riot. Still nope.”