Answering the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Valorant

by in Valorant | May, 12th 2020

Valorant is going to be huge! We’re talking about the game that has the potential to develop into one of the biggest esports titles of all time. It’s made by Riot Games, the team standing behind League of Legends which is arguably the most popular esports title on the planet. On top of that, it brings forth a CS:GO-esque first-person shooter action with pinches of class-based gameplay with four unique abilities and ten different agents. It’s a mixture of the best things from CS:GO, Dota 2/League of Legends, and Overwatch, so it’s safe to say it has tremendous potential. That said, it’s only logical of us to make a Valorant FAQ piece focusing on the burning community questions about this up-and-coming esports title!

Why do I consider myself qualified to talk about Valorant FAQ and give you guys concrete answers? Well, for one – I’ve been following the game’s development (those tiny pieces that were shared with the public) before the project A nomenclature kicked off. I got into the closed beta roughly a month ago and already have 100+ hours of gameplay. Yes, my rank is absolute trash (Bronze 2), but my lack of mechanical skill and aim doesn’t mean I don’t understand how the game works.

That said, I’d like to stop beating around the bushes here and focus on the frequently asked questions regarding Valorant! After all, I reckon you have much better things to do than listen to me rambling about nonsense. So, here goes nothing.

Valorant Esports | A Story of Viability

Ever since Riot Games announced they were working on a new FPS game last year, the world of esports has been listening to every piece of information coming from the esports development giants. At first, the game had Project A as the codename, with numerous gamers trying to figure out what it could mean in the long run.

Back then, the vast majority of esports experts (and those who call themselves that) agreed that Riot Games’ FPS couldn’t be bad. Even though there was virtually no concrete information available, the esports worlds stood still and eagerly waited for new information to come from the makers of League of Legends.

Even then, there were discussions regarding the game’s viability as an esports title. In the world where Overwatch, CS:GO, Rainbow Six and now Call of Duty too, reigned supreme over the FPS section, some people argued if there was enough room for another thriving game. Others, however, emphasized Riot Games’ as the crucial factor behind Valorant’s eventual success, pointing out the League of Legends numbers and its ability to attract both players, viewers, and betting enthusiasts.

There’s Massive Potential

The game has a ton of potential, it takes no genius to realize that. As I’ve mentioned before, it “borrowed” the best gameplay mechanics from some of the world’s most popular esports titles, so it ought to feed off their success a bit too.

Even though the game is still in the closed beta phase, major events are still popping left and right. Last weekend, Valorant Twitch Rivals Europe Showdown enjoyed over 172,000 peak viewers, with the average count being well above the 100,000 mark. Mind you, that’s more viewers than a good portion of already well-established esports titles.

It’s safe to say the numbers will keep on rising once the game is released and proper events (hopefully fully franchised leagues) start popping up.

More Sponsors

On top of all that, Valorant ought to get even more sponsors than CS:GO. This could result in the game getting a long-term boost in funding, which could further improve its exposure in both gaming and esports ecosystems.

Why is that so?

Well, even though both games are based on killing other players with all sorts of guns, CS:GO uses unmarketable and non-family friendly words like terrorists and bombing. It’s not exactly something that brands want to be associated with. Valorant, on the other hand, uses defenders/attackers instead, with spike replacing the bomb. The premise remains the same – it’s just the names that are different. Although, with everything that’s been happening recently, I wouldn’t be surprised if CS:GO adopts the attackers/defenders nomenclature, too.

Answering Valorant FAQ

Now let’s focus on the thing you came here for: Valorant FAQ. More precisely, let’s start answering the most common questions regarding Riot Games’ up and coming FPS esports title!

What Is Valorant?

Valorant is a first-person shooter (FPS) game from Riot Games. More precisely, it’s a tactical, round-based FPS with short TTK (time to kill) mechanics, very similar to CS:GO. However, it has a unique twist to its tale in the form of several classes (AKA agents) with four unique abilities each. The game is fast-paced, entertaining, addicting, and pretty well-balanced even though it’s still in closed beta.

It sports a fewer number of rounds than CS:GO, 24 to be more precise, and its maps bring forth a lot more uniqueness than anything we’ve seen in tactical FPS games. Valorant has a ton of additional quirks too, just building up on the hype that’s been surrounding it since the very beginnings.

Where to Download Valorant?

If you’re among the lucky ones who got the drop, you must be wondering where exactly you’re supposed to download the game. Worry not, young padawan – you can download the game via the official Valorant website. The game won’t take ages to download. In fact, it’s even smaller than your typical esports title, coming in at roughly four gigabytes of download size. Once installed, it will take up roughly 8 gigs of space on your SSD.

Where to Find a Good Valorant Map Guide?

I don’t like to brag, but we think we have the best Valorant map guide out there. I’m not even exaggerating here. It offers an in-depth look at tactical approaches, emphasizes maps’ uniqueness, and shows the most important callouts. Knowing the callouts and what to do with your agent on a particular map can be of crucial importance on your quest to become a better Valorant player!

How to Become Better at Valorant?

Knowing the angles of all three maps, defensive/attacking strengths and weaknesses as well as agent pools is only a portion of a skillset every top-level Valorant player needs to have. If you want to become better at Valorant, you should keep working on the following aspects of your gameplay:

  • Improve that aim. The aim is everything in Valorant, trust me! Improving your aim will make you a batter player, that’s for sure!
  • Take your time to fully adapt to one agent. There’s no point in forcing yourself to learn to play all agents. That sort of tactic will allow you to be mediocre with all of them… Mediocre at best, unfortunately.
  • Control your temper. If you’re thinking of going pro, you need to learn how to handle your emotions in-game. Letting them run wild is a quick way of losing matches.

There’s more to it than these three factors. Improving your Valorant gameplay takes time and effort. It’s one of the most impactful Valorant questions on this list, which is why we’ll probably make a fully-fledged guide covering the basic factors one can use to improve his Valorant rank.

How to Add a Friend on Valorant?

If you’re using the same account you use to play League of Legends, you’ll see your friends list under the other games tab. Once your friends enter Valorant, you’ll see them under the friends tab.

As for adding friends on Valorant, the easiest method is via Riot ID. Look at the friends list on the right side of the screen and you’ll notice an icon with a person and a plus symbol and a magnifying glass. Click on it and a new window will pop up, asking you to enter your friend’s Riot ID and tagline.

Are Valorant Keys Still Dropping?

Yessir – Valorant closed beta keys can still be obtained by connecting your Riot account with Twitch and watching drops enabled streams. At the time of writing this piece, Riot Games hasn’t announced when Valorant key drops will end but considering the fact the game’s scheduled to be released this summer, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit to see the end of the closed beta drops.

Are Valorant Drops Random?

Yes – Valorant drops are completely random. Keep in mind, though – you need to have at least two hours of drops enabled content watched before you qualify for the “raffle.” Watch more and it’s like “buying” more raffle tickets. Don’t expect to cheap the system, though, as ten different channels running in ten different tabs won’t increase your chances of getting in the Valorant closed beta.

Are Valorant Names Unique?

The answer to this question still isn’t 100% clear. There’s a lot of theories out there, half of which makes no sense at all. Worst of all, Riot Games didn’t give us any concrete answers either – we’re left in the dark.

From what I managed to dig up, it seems as though names aren’t unique on their own. It’s the name plus tagline combination that’s unique. And that’s only on the current server, just like what you’d expect if you’re coming from League of Legends.

Can Valorant Run on a Mac?

Valorant is not compatible with Mac operating systems, nor will it be compatible following the full game’s release that’s scheduled for this summer. But, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to hack your way into playing it on your Mac.

All you have to do to start playing Valorant on a Mac is to set it up via Boot Camp. Boot Camp is the most popular software solution for running Windows-only apps and games on Mac operating systems. It does take a bit of time to set everything up properly, but the joy of playing something the way it wasn’t meant to be played is pure gold!

Can Valorant Be Played With a Controller?

The aim is everything in Valorant, but despite that, some people still want to play with a controller. However, the game has no official controller support of any kind. You can still play with one, but you won’t have the advantage of controller aim assist. Plus, you’ll have to use third-party software solutions such as reWASD to get the game to recognize your controller inputs.

How to Report Someone in Valorant

There are two ways you can report people in Valorant. The first way requires you to be in-game with the player you wish to report. Simply open up your console by pressing ESC and you’ll see the report button right next to party invitation. Click it and a new menu will pop up allowing you to select the reason for reporting the player.

The second method of reporting Valorant players doesn’t require you to be in the match with the player you wish to report. All you have to do is navigate to the match in your career tab, select the player you wish to report and that’s pretty much it. Keep in mind that your career tab only shows the last ten matches, so don’t take too much time to report a fishy player.

Are There Any Valorant Esports Events?

Thus far, we’ve seen several top-notch Valorant events, some of which had over 100,000 viewers on average. However, you have to understand that these are nothing more than preseason events. There was little to no betting exposure for them, and they only captivated a small portion of Valorant’s fans. You can rest assured the numbers will go up with the arrival of first real events, following the game’s release… even though 100,000 average viewers isn’t bad, to begin with.

Why Is Valorant’s Bomb Called the Spike?

This is more of a marketing and sponsorship trick than anything else. You see, the reason why CS:GO isn’t as mainstream as you’d hope because it possesses adult imagery and nomenclature, including stuff like terrorists, bombs, hostages, etc.

In Valorant, the graphics are much more childish, cartooney, and the nomenclature doesn’t involve any bad words. Spike, attackers, defenders – it’s all politically correct and that’s what sponsors and venture capitalists want these days! That’s what will get Valorant the much-needed financial boost and potentially land a major franchised league to kick things off with.

Can You Kick People From Valorant Matches?

Unfortunately, at this point, Valorant has no option that allows you to kick players. The game doesn’t support a vote kick system, but no indications are suggesting the full game won’t have that option.

How to Unlock More Valorant Agents?

If you’re in the beta, you can unlock two additional agents completely free. All it takes is playing a few games and you’ll get your reward. After that, you’ll have to grind quite a bit to get your third additional agent. You get more Valorant agents through the agent contracts. By activating a contract, playing a match will yield experience for that particular contract. If you switch contracts halfway between levels, you won’t lose any progress.

As I’ve stated earlier, it takes quite a bit of grinding to unlock an agent through its contract. You have to level it up to level five, which takes upwards of twenty gameplay hours. There’s another way, though, one that some of you won’t like.

You can level up your agent contracts by swiping your credit card and buying Valorant Points. Each of the five levels costs 200 VP which is roughly $10 for an agent from the very first level. It’s not direct pay to win, but it’s not far from it, either.

Are Valorant Skins Worth it?

Now, this depends on two things. Let’s go through them real fast:

  • Your budget: If you can afford it – I don’t see why you shouldn’t go for it. Just don’t overdo it and you should be fine.
  • The amount of time you’ll spend on the game: If it’s a lot – go ahead and treat yourself. It’s always best to spend money on the things you spend most of your time on.

If I may add – Valorant skins are gorgeous – all of them. With that extra bit of depth they possess, they look a lot cooler and more unique than their CS:GO counterparts. I didn’t even realize CS:GO’s skins were bad until I saw what Valorant had to offer.

The Wrap-Up

That would be all as far as Valorant FAQ goes! We’ve gone through the game’s core mechanics, similarities to other esports and its general viability, as well as a whole heap of burning questions coming from the game’s community. It’s been a real pleasure guiding you and answering all these questions.

Thank you all for reading and I hope to see you again soon!

Until next time,

Stay safe!


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