VALORANT is a team-based first-person shooter and one of the most talked about new games of 2020.
It’s similar to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO), where the focus is objective-based in a multiplayer environment, but it features slightly more stylised graphics and a host of characters that have their own unique abilities.
The Attackers focus on planting the Spike or eliminating the Defenders’ team before the timer runs out.
Before a match starts, each player picks a character. At the start of every round, players are prompted to purchase equipment, weapons and abilities using an in-game currency system. Once geared at base, the team uses their purchased items to eliminate the enemy team or tactically use them to plant or defuse the Spike.
In a typical game of VALORANT, there are a total of 25 rounds that can be played, with each round lasting 100 seconds. To win the game, the first team will need to reach 13 rounds to be crowned victorious. Tournaments adopt this format, however they may play over a best of 3 or 5 games.
VALORANT has attracted several CSGO players over to its esports tournaments, and the UK has a number of top players that are making waves in the scene.
Typical game length: 15-45 minutes
Price: Free-to-play (includes optional in-game micro-transactions)
Publisher: Riot Games
Notable tournaments: Valorant Ignition Series 2020
Twitch: 55.6m hours watched in June 2020
Launched: June 2020
Pegi age rating: 16+
Other Pegi info: Features strong violence and sustained depictions of violence towards human characters. (note, it is possible to turn off blood in the game’s settings and Riot requires esports organisers to turn off blood in tournaments).