Riot Games has confirmed today that they have plans to launch Competitive Matchmaking during the Valorant closed beta. The development team has revealed no set date for its rollout, but it appears it isn’t far away. This will happen after the release of Patch 0.49 and will add a number of interesting new features to the game.

Competitive Mode will be one of the biggest and will run alongside the existing Unranked option.

There will be times when Ranked matchmaking will be disabled during the beta but this will only happen every so often.

Riot Games has also confirmed what gamers will need to do to qualify for Valorant Competitive access.

And they have also revealed some other features of the early Competitive experience including:

  • Complete 20 Unrated matches to unlock Competitive mode
  • 8 ranks, 3 tiers each, except the top rank, Valorant
  • Queue with up to 5-player parties, must be within 2 ranks
  • Rank isn’t displayed if competitive matches aren’t played within 14 days, but your rank doesn’t decay behind the scenes.
  • Closed beta rank does not carry over to launch.

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.

“Your personal performance will have a greater impact on the early evaluation of your skill, but will decrease in importance when compared to wins, as we hone in on your skill over time,” a message from Riot Games confirms.

“Competitive mode also measures how decisively you win or lose. We figure, if there is a benefit to your rank that comes from playing your best for the entire match, it will incentivize you to stay in the fight and not throw games.

“For those at the VALORANT rank level, winning and how decisive games are won or lost will be the only factor we measure, because at the highest levels of competitive play, we trust you and your teammates have earned your way there.

“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.”

Plenty of changes will be coming to Valorant before its full release date, which has been set for Summer 2020.