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Valorant’s closed beta just broke Twitch viewership records

The game accumulated 34 million hours watched on launch day

We’re into the third day of Valorant’s closed beta and the game has already broken viewership records on Twitch. According to Riot Games, the new tactical shooter broke the platform’s single-day watched record in a single game category, accumulating 34 million watched hours in a matter of hours.

“With Valorant, Riot Games has proven once again that building a strong community on Twitch from day one is key to success,” Ben Vallat, SVP of alliances and corporate development at Twitch says via Dot Esports. “We’re seeing incredible excitement across the community and, just as with League of Legends, we’re pleased to be a part of Valorant’s success story from the start.”

The game, which also pulled in 21.43 million hours watched yesterday and had a peak of 1.5 million viewers, also logged the second-most concurrent viewers of all-time on Twitch, falling only short of last year’s League of Legends World Championship finals.

“Our hearts, inboxes, and social media DMs are filled to the brim with all of the enthusiasm for the Valorant Closed Beta,” Anna Donlon, executive producer, adds. “At this moment we are laser-focused on delivering a truly global experience for competitive tac-shooter fans, and we’re already learning many lessons. This is just the beginning of our journey with players, and as we roll out our server infrastructure in these tumultuous times, we’re looking forward to inviting more players from around the world into this digital community.”

If you’ve not got access yet either, game director Joseph Ziegler confirmed Twitch drops will continue this week and beyond.