‘Valorant’ beta streams match ‘Fortnite’ viewership record for Twitch

The limited beta release of “Valorant” by Riot Games on Tuesday morning received millions of streaming views on Twitch and inspired belief the company had struck gold in its quest to replicate the popularity of its 11-year-old “League of Legends” franchise.

“Valorant” is a first-person, 5-on-5 shooter game intended to garner crossover success between the esports community and eventually casual players in the vein of rival company Valve’s hit game “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.”

Because a limited pool of users was able to access the beta Tuesday, needing codes to get in, curious fans swarmed Twitch to get a glimpse at the offering. As of publish time, 1.7 million people were watching live video of the game on the platform, equal to the all-time record “Fortnite” set last October.

Riot Games says a full version of “Valorant” will be available to the masses sometime this summer, though it has not yet provided a specific release date.

The beta is available in Canada, the United States, Russia, Turkey and Europe for the select few lucky enough to obtain a code.

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