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Valorant Beta update: Riot Games reveals Ranked plans and new Closed Beta Key release

Valorant Beta update: Riot Games reveals Ranked plans and new Closed Beta Key release 1

The Valorant Closed beta isn’t set to end for months and it looks like Riot Games will be adding some interesting new features in the coming weeks. While still in the testing phase, fans are very excited about the final Valorant release date, which has been set for Summer 2020. Plenty of bugs need to be ironed out before that happens and it looks like Riot Games wants to launch a Ranked Mode option very soon.

For now, the Valorant Closed Beta’s matchmaking system is a bit hit and miss, leaving for some rather lop-sided matches.

But it looks like a “Rated” option will be coming in early May as part of a new Valorant update.

The ranked matchmaking system will no doubt come as a welcome change for hardcore fans, although it remains without a fixed launch date.

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Game director Joe Ziegler confirmed as much on Twitter while discussing the current matchmaking system.

“Our matchmaker will always try to find you a fair match,” Ziegler revealed.

“Right now it is calibrating and we’re iterating as we see game data, but with more time and more matches played you should see more fair matches.

Adding: “Our first “rated” testing is coming in a couple of weeks, stay tuned.”

While more and more gamers are gaining access to the Valorant closed beta, there’s still plenty of interest in securing beta keys.

This remains a system based around watching Twitch streams and more drops are being planned for the future.

Currently, there is only a certain amount of room available, with a recent message from Riot Games confirming:

“They work differently than Twitch’s regular drop program because we’re tracking and entitling for access on our databases (so we can apply another layer of scrutiny).

“You need to link your Riot account with your Twitch account and start watching VALORANT Twitch streams with drops enabled.

“Once you’ve passed a certain threshold of a couple hours watched on those streams (it’s roughly 2 and we are tracking by total VALORANT stream view time), you’re eligible for a Closed Beta entitlement drop.”

“That said, everyone else who has watched at least a few hours of streams is also eligible, and we have limited slots on our servers.”

But the good news is that more space is being found for players to join in the action on PC this week.

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