Valorant Ranked release date: Riot Games update as new system rolls out

UPDATE: The new Valorant Ranked System has rolled out on North America servers and will hit EU servers in the coming hours.

A message from Riot Games confirms as much, telling fans: "In the next 30 minutes we're going to turn ranked on in North America. If all goes well there, we'll turn ranked on in Europe after the hotfix patch (so after 9:30AM CEST on May 1).

"We also... reserve the right to turn off ranked at any time if things get weird."

The Valorant Ranked System should be live in both regions by 3pm, GMT, on May 1, 2020.

ORIGINAL: Valorant Ranked Mode is coming to closed beta very soon but has yet to go live in any region yet. Fans were expecting something to pop up following the launch of patch 0.49 earlier this week. But Riot Games has been clear that they will not release Valorant Ranked until everything is to their liking. And that means waiting a little longer if you currently have access to the Valorant closed beta


The Valorant Ranked release date has not been confirmed by Riot Games, although it appears it could still happen this week, perhaps on May 1, 2020.

A new hotfix is currently being deployed and will be available to everyone to download by May 1, 2020.

So it seems that could be the next viable slot for the Valorant ranked release date on PC.

A message from Riot Games on April 29 explains: “For those asking for ranked to be turned on - not today, sorry.

“We're evaluating on a day-by-day basis based on server stability and competitive integrity of the queues (e.g. no uncounterable exploits). Today is not that day. Will let you know tomorrow.”

With that in mind, a new update on the Valorant Ranked release date could be shared in the next 24-hours.

A further update from Riot Games adds: “Tomorrow we're deploying a hotfix patch to address some exploits, fix two bugs, and revert the headshot sound. If all goes well after this... maybe ranked,” a message from Riot Games reveals.

NA's patch hits April 30 @ 4:30AM PT, back up @ 10AM PT.

EU's patch hits May 1 @ 3:30AM CEST, back up at 9:30AM CEST.

For those who might have missed it, ranked mode will provide rated matchmaking for those gamers who have completed 20 Unrated matches.

The only downside is that your Valorant closed beta rank will not carry over to full launch during Summer 2020.

According to Riot Games, there will be eight levels of rank, each divided into three tiers: Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Diamond, Immortal, and our highest rank — Valorant.

The good news is that winning games will be the most important factor in gaining rank, but if you perform exceptionally well, your rank can go up faster.

It’s unclear exactly how this will work but it appears that there will be plenty more details confirmed before it launches.

And with wins being so important, losing games will reduce your rank, as will performing poorly during a match.

“Valorant’s Competitive mode uses the same in-game rules and format as the Unrated mode, but with a focus on higher-stakes competition,” Riot Games adds.

“VALORANT's competitive system is still in its early stages, and we plan to evolve it over time, but we have a core experience we wanted to share with you all in closed beta so that we can build and evolve the mode together.

“While we plan to keep Unrated mode always available, Competitive matchmaking may be disabled for short periods throughout the closed beta as we work to refine the mode and incorporate your feedback.”

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