Riot will facilitate access to the closed beta of its new popular tactical shooter Valuing, the game developer announced Tuesday evening. Now not only select Twitch streamers, but all Twitch streamers who have access to the game can now delete the coveted beta access keys, as long as the playing streamers are broadcasting the game live and activating the drop functionality in the game.
This should make it much easier for them. Valuing fans to have access to the game by watching different streamers and not only a privileged few Riot has given early access and in partnership with for the distribution of keys. To do good to the fast-growing gaming community, Riot says he has also passed through thousands of the most dedicated Twitch users who have been eagerly waiting for a key by watching the day and night streams and manually giving them access. “Thank you, your internet and your eyeballs,” reads blog post by lead producer Anna Donlon and game director Joe Ziegler.
In addition to the change in the way beta keys are deleted, Riot is also increasing its server load capacity by 25% to accommodate the increase in new players. Donlon and Zielger say Riot has also “already banned a number of account vendors and is actively seeking more to ban them”.
Valuing, a tactical shooter game strongly influenced by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Blizzard Overwatch, entered the closed beta last Tuesday with an explosively popular launch, in part thanks to the linking of beta keys to the viewing of popular streamers on Twitch.
Not only Valuing break the one-day surveillance record with 34 million hours of viewing, but it also came second for the highest simultaneous stream account behind only Riot’s 2019 League of Legends World Championship. Since then, Riot tells The edge Valorant has accumulated 165 million hours watched, “breaking a new audience record on Twitch,” a company spokesperson said.
Game won’t be released for months, but esports and video game company 100 Thieves hosted the first invitation tournament today to another massive audience wave. Valuing is already well positioned to be a popular esport, in part because it thwarts industry trends by moving away from the battle royale genre.
So it’s not surprising that many fans wanted to participate in the closed beta, despite the difficulty and the random chance of hitting a key. These changes should make this process a little less brutal.