Riot Games has sent out the first round of invites for the Public Beta Environment (PBE) servers of their competitive shooter Valorant, and fans are curious to know what these servers are all about. Here’s everything that you need to know about the PBE servers in Valorant, and the benefits you’ll get by opting into these.
What are Valorant PBE Servers?
PBE is a method that game developers use to filter out bugs in their future patches ahead of their actual release. By opting into the PBE servers, players are able to get a sneak peek at future updates before they’re officially introduced to the live servers.
PBE players will be able to test new maps and play new agents before they are shipped to the game and report any bugs they encounter along the way to the developers’ team.
The PBE servers will be available only one weekend per patch, which means players will be able to play it every other weekend.
How to apply for Valorant PBE Servers?
To apply for the Valorant PBE, players have to meet a certain set of requirements.
For starters, only North American players can opt into the PBE servers right now. If you’re outside North America, you can’t join the PBE yet.
Secondly, players must have a clean track record with no band or restrictions on their accounts.
If you meet these conditions, you can apply for PBE here. However, simply meeting those conditions won’t ensure you a spot on the PBE list since players will be manually handpicked by Riot themselves.
Also, joining the PBE will not make your existing account PBE-only. You’ll be able to continue using your current Valorant account to log in. This also means that if you’re banned on the PBE, you’ll also be banned on Live, and vice versa.