Are the Valorant Twitch drops artificially inflating viewer numbers?

Tons of people are trying to get Valorant Twitch drops and that’s really pumping up the game’s numbers on Twitch. The possibility of scoring a Valorant closed beta key is tempting to many, but one nagging question remains: can Valorant sustain these numbers?

The closed beta key system of Valorant was a stroke of genius by Riot Games. Rather than using some kind of lottery system via a mailing list, Riot opted to give out closed beta keys as Twitch drops. After giving dozens of popular streamers access to the game, this all but guaranteed that they would have a lot of people watching.

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The numbers are undeniably impressive. Both TwitchTracker and SullyGnome show impressive viewer counts. What is the Valorant Twitch viewers count?

  • Tuesday, April 7 – 1.69 million
  • Wednesday, April 8 –  1.53 million
  • Thursday, April 9 – 1.45 million
  • Friday, April 10 – 1.3 million (so far)

There’s been a steady decline, but the game is still dominating Twitch; at the time of writing, it has nearly 1 million more viewers than the Just Chatting or League of Legends, the second and third place on the Twitch Directory. But as Do Not Peek Entertainment points out on Twitter, can Riot’s newest game sustain these numbers?

Valorant Twitch drops corner peek

The key to the game’s success on Twitch could potentially fizzle out. As time goes on, more and more people will earn their Valorant Twitch drops and they’ll probably go off to play the game rather than keep watching it on Twitch.

However, tons of people are still stuck at home during this pandemic lockdown and we’re also approaching the weekend. It’s possible that we may see these viewer numbers jump back up, but that doesn’t ignore that there has been a decline of 80,000–100,000 viewers every day.

If the viewer decline keeps its pace, Valorant could fall from the number one spot as early as the end of next week. That’s when we’ll probably have a more accurate idea of how truly popular the game is on Twitch.