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Valorant’s closed beta hit 470 million viewing hours – and three million daily players

Now the Valorant closed beta has come to an end and the Valorant release date beckons, developer Riot Games has given us a glimpse at some of the FPS game’s pre-release build stats – and they’re pretty eye watering. Valorant saw several million players logging on and diving in every day during the beta – and Twitch views were into the hundreds of millions of hours.

That’s according to a press release from Riot Games, in which the studio reveals: “Over the course of the game’s two-month beta testing period, an average of nearly 3 million players logged on each day to play Valorant” and fans watched “a total of more than 470 million hours” of Valorant streams across Twitch and the Korean video streaming platform AfreecaTV. Phwoar.

In some ways, these viewing figures probably aren’t too surprising. Valorant Twitch views broke the platform’s records immediately following its closed beta launch, with 34 million hours watched in one single day, according to the release. Plus, the game saw a peak of 1.7 million concurrent viewers at one point, in second place only behind the 2019 LoL Worlds record.

It’s worth noting that Valorant Twitch stream drops – that is, the chance to play the multiplayer game’s closed beta dropped via streams on the platform – and the ongoing global pandemic, which means more people are currently based at home, might have contributed to these enormous figures.

The Valorant closed beta might be over, but the game launches out in the wild in just a handful of days – get ready to jump in afresh on June 2.

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