How long do you have to watch VALORANT streams to get a beta access key?

How long do you have to watch VALORANT streams to get a beta access key?

So Valorant is here… kind of. Its basically Counterstrike with powers from what we can tell from watching hours and hours of streams, which is what you need to do to unlock the game for yourself apparently.

We’re still over here waiting for that magic moment where Twitch blesses us with a beta access key for Valorant.

How long do you have to watch Valorant on Twitch before you can play the game yourself?

Nobody really knows and there isn’t a good way to figure it out other than watching stream chats and people who are getting them and giving little tidbits.

Officially, once you watch a stream for 2 hours you are eligible to get drops, but when you watch more, it “slightly” increases your odds.

This comes from one of TimTheTatman’s party mates saying this, so other than that we can’t vouch for its true-ness.

For a clue of what other players are saying:

I’ve seen 5 days, 12 hours, and 90 hours from various players.

Recommendations to make sure you are ready to receive your key:

  • Make sure your Twitch and Riot Games accounts are linked
  • Make sure your Riot Games account is set to the correct part of the world (i.e. Northeast USA)
  • Watch a stream of Valorant WITH DROPS ENABLED
    • Streamers usually have that right in the descriptions of their stream, but make sure you see the little message under their title which says Drops enabled! Watch for a chance to earn loot. You can only earn loot on one stream at a time. Learn more

Anyway, hopefully we get access to this game soon so we can bless you guys with that spicy content you know and love. We have alot planned coming up with this game and are going to be happy to get into something from the start and stick with it.

See you guys soon!


Is Google’s new Live Stream structured data and indexing API going to change the game?

Is Google’s new Live Stream structured data and indexing API going to change the game?

Seems out of our scope. doesn’t it? Well… believe it or not some of us here at Sweatpants Gaming have OTHER JOBS! Tom’s other job is SEO, so he follow along with all of these different Google trends in an attempt to stay up to date with the ever changing world of search engine marketing. 

Interestingly enough, the new change announced today by google is going to affect the way streamers (and streaming services) can tag up their web pages to better communicate information about Streamers to search engines.

Still have no idea what we’re talking about? Thats ok.

Basically, there is something called Structured Data that developers can add to a web page to better communicate with search engines what the page is about and to get a chance to have Rich Snippets show up in search results pages.

Have you ever gone onto google to look for a hotel and noticed that some of them have 5 stars under their name and some have nothing at all? That’s beacuse some are using structured data and some aren’t

What does this mean for streamers?

If you’re a streamer and you live stream all the time, Google is going to add a nifty little “live” button to your search engine results when someone searches for you. Here’s what it would look like.

This little “live” badge on your video thumbnails will help people realize you are streaming live so that they can watch you game in real time. 

Nothing super crazy here, but changes in Google rarely are. Let me tell you, though, they add up.

Good news for newbies?

We know the biggest streamers in the game probably have teams of peopel who are all over this kind of thing, but we assume thee vast majority aren’t.

This could be the kind of thing that gives our technically gifted gamer friends a chance to hit the streaming scene. We are considering adding a page to our website about it!!

Would you tune in to watch us be riddled with bullets over and over? Because we’re all terrible.

For more on algorithm changes that affect gamers, keep it locked in right here to Sweatpants Gaming.