The VALORANT Closed Beta has arrived and it's proved to be popular. Really popular. It's so popular, in fact, that Riot Games has had to temporarily shut down access to the Closed Beta.
"We've temporarily paused dropping Closed Beta access while we triage server issues," stated the game's official Twitter account. "You'll still be eligible as you continue to watch, but actual distribution will begin once we find a stable fix."
If you're somehow unfamiliar with VALORANT, this is one of the many games announced by Riot Games as they seek to expand beyond League of Legends. Formerly code-named "Project A", this is a tactical first-person shooter that kind of mashes up Overwatch with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
A brand-new shooter from a big company usually proves popular, and the closure of the VALORANT Closed Beta shouldn't be that big of a surprise, all things considered.
The VALORANT Closed Beta is Blowing Up on Twitch
How popular has VALORANT been, anyway? If Twitch is any indication, it's doing very well for its first day. Considering the server issues, it may have actually exceeded Riot Games' anticipated player count.
At the time of writing, VALORANT is currently the #1 most-watched category on Twitch. It's beating out several other popular categories and games, including some other new releases. Here is the top 10 at the time of writing:
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Just Chatting
- DotA 2
- League of Legends
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
The game is being streamed by a number of popular Twitch personalities including TitTheTatman, DrDisrespect, Seagull, Stylosa, and others.
You can't get into the VALORANT Closed Beta right now, but Riot Games is sure to sort out the server issues sooner rather than later. You can start the process of trying out this game at beta.playvalorant.com.
Have you had a chance to play VALORANT'S Closed Beta? What do you think of the game so far? Let us know in the comments below!