Valorant rolls out the freebies to celebrate one year on the esports battlefield

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Good lord, where has the time gone—the epically weird thing being that, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the days, weeks, and months have never seemed longer. Difficult as this might be to fathom, it’s been a full year since Valorant officially burst onto the scene for world-wide play. And to celebrate, developer Riot Games is rolling out free and discounted Valorant swag.

In a web post Riot announced a series of YR1 events. Goodies include a completely free event pass and limited-edition YR1 player card set.

Highlights start with a nightmarket featuring six random discounted skins. Starting today there’s also Give Back Bundle voting for your favourite gun skins until June 7. Winning votes will be announced on June 16. After that you’ll have from June 22 to July 8 to purchase bundles, with 50 percent of weapons skins proceeds, and 100 percent of accessories in Give Back Bundle’s going to the Riot Games Social Impact Fund.

Player cards action really gets underway on June 9. Limited edition UR1 sets will celebrate Episode 1, 2, and 2. Riot states that they can redeemed as follows:

EP1 (6/9) – Keep your eyes peeled for where to find this drop

EP2 (6/14) – Coming your way via a special YR1 Prime Gaming Drop

EP3 – Collect as part of the first ever YR1 Event Pass

After that, look out for the Community Battlepass running from June 13-25.

Players in different Valorant regions can vote for special items like sprays, gun buddies, and “titles that best reflect their local region”. Valorant’s dev squad will tally the top vote earners, and then group winning items into an Episode 4 community-powered Battlepass.

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Riot is promising the following: “wwFest—the experimental music and art festival—spiked VALORANT into 2021 earlier this year and is now making its return to celebrate the YR1 party. This time, we’ve got artists performing around the world, with an all-new headliner.

For the latest festival info, including the full talent line-ups as they drop, follow Crown Channel and @PlayVALORANT on Twitter.”

Go here for more info.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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