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How to download VALORANT

Dot Esports logo Dot Esports 1/26/2021 Jerome Heath
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VALORANT is a free-to-play tactical shooter developed by Riot Games.

If you haven’t played League of Legends, Legends of Runeterra, or Teamfight Tactics, and you want to give VALORANT a spin, you’ll first have to create a Riot account. You can make one here.

After creating an account, you’ll automatically be assigned to your region. If you made the account with a North American IP, for instance, you’ll be locked to the NA servers.

To download the game and get started, head to Riot’s official website, scroll down, and look for the word “download.” Select it and you’ll be redirected to a new page where you’ll have the option to download and install VALORANT.

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Once you’ve downloaded the game, open the client by double-clicking on the VALORANT icon on your desktop. Now all you have to do is sign in with your Riot account.

After logging in, you’ll be introduced to VALORANT with a brief tutorial where you’ll have the chance to learn the ins and outs of the game’s objectives and change your crosshair settings.

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