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Business News/ Technology / News/  Everything you need to know about Valorant

Wondering why social media and web portals are abuzz with news about a video game called Valorant? It is because the game has come out of closed beta and is now available to gamers across the world including those in India. Until now, it was available to only a select few who had access to the closed beta. This means anyone with a gaming device that supports the game can download and play it right away. Since it is an online multiplayer game, it will require uninterrupted internet access. Built on Unreal Engine, the game has been developed and published by Riot Games, a California based gaming company known for games like League of Legends.

Where can you get the game?

Like most online multiplayer games such as PUBG, CS GO and Fortnite, Valorant is also free to play. The game is currently available only on Windows PC. However, reports suggest the game could come to PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch, but not anytime soon. As of now Valorant is only available on So, you won’t find it on Steam or Epic Games store.

What are the rules of the game?

Valorant is a tactical shooting game involving two teams with 5 players in each team. Every player can sign in and play remotely from anywhere in the world. Every game has 25 rounds and the team that wins 13 of them first wins the game. Players can choose their in-game characters called agents at the start of the game. Players can buy abilities and weapons at the start of the game.

Can your PC handle it?

The size of the download file for Valorant is just 7.3GB, which is quite small in comparison to the file size of many of the modern day PC games. In terms of hardware requirements, minimum specs required for gaming at 30 FPS (frames per second) is Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 CPU and Intel HD4000 GPU. However, for a enjoyable gaming experience at 60FPS Riot Games recommends, no less than Intel Core i3-4150 CPU and Nvidia GeForce GT 730 GPU. For the best possible experience at 144 and higher FPS, players should at least have Intel Core i5-4460 clocking at 3.2GHz and Nvidia GTX 1050Ti.

How does it compare with PUBG or CS:GO?

In comparison to other popular online multiplayer games, Valorant has a lot more in common with the likes of CS:GO, rather than PUBG and Fortnite. Similar to CS: GO, here one team attacks while the other defends. The defensive team plants a bomb and then tries to stop the offensive team from defusing it. Teams can swap between attacks and defence after 3 rounds.

How will Riot Games ensure fairplay?

To uphold the competitive integrity of the game and prevent cheating, Riot Games’ anti cheat system called Vanguard comes into action during gameplay. It can prevent players from using speed hacks (which allows players to move faster than others) and wall hacks (when players can see opponents through walls). The developer is working on adding aim locks (it locks aim at enemy by itself) and trigger bots (automatically shoots at an enemy) to Vanguard soon.

Are there any issues with the game?

Soon after the game went live, gamers in several regions took to social media to report repeated game crashes. According to some reports, Riot Games had to shut down the game first in Europe and later in Asia-Pacific region for maintenance. Many users even reported not being able to access their Valorant Battle Passes. These include items that players can unlock as the game progresses.

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Abhijit Ahaskar
Abhijit writes on tech policy, gaming, security, AI, robotics, electronics and startups. He has been in the media industry for over 12 years.
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Updated: 04 Jun 2020, 02:31 AM IST
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