Valorant, the upcoming competitive shooter from Riot Games, will have a closed beta starting on 7th April, but you’ll need to jump through hoops by watching Twitch streams for a chance to take part in it.

The full process for taking part, according to the official announcement, is as follows:

  1. Register for a Riot account
  2. Link your Riot account to a Twitch account (you can get one here)
  3. When closed beta activates in your region (EU and NA for now), watch specific VALORANT closed beta streams highlighted on Twitch.

Listen Riot, we understand that most people are stuck at home with some extra free time, and you want to foster a streaming community around your new game, but this has got to be one of the dumbest ways to get into a beta we have ever seen.

This just seems like a massive waste of time for anyone willing to put up with it, especially for a brand new IP that doesn’t have a fan base yet.

Things get even worse as you dig into the specifics here, as this isn’t a worldwide event.

“For now, space is limited to players in Europe, Canada, United States, Turkey, Russia and CIS countries. The plan is to roll out to more regions, if possible, pending the volatile logistics of launching a beta effectively during a global pandemic,” Riot writes.

We have to assume that anyone to jump through the hoops here to watch the Twitch streams will also fire up a VPN should they happen to have made the wrong choice of country to live in.

Rubbing in more salt is the fact that progress in the beta does not carry over into the launch game.

For more on the Valorant closed beta, see the dedicated page which includes an FAQ sections.