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Is Valorant on Steam or Epic Games?

The short answer is no, Valorant is not available on Steam or the Epic Games Store. Valorant can only be downloaded directly from Riot Games‘ website.

As an avid PC gamer myself, I know it can be confusing to figure out how to download and play new games across all the different launchers and platforms. That‘s why I‘ve put together this comprehensive guide on getting Valorant through Steam, Epic, or directly from Riot. I‘ll provide plenty of details, statistics, and insights so you can game on!

Downloading and Playing Valorant

Valorant is a free-to-play first person tactical shooter developed and published by Riot Games, the same company behind League of Legends. Here‘s a quick step-by-step guide to getting the game on your PC:

  1. Go to the Valorant official website (playvalorant.com) and click the big "Play Free Now" button.
  2. Log into your Riot account or create a new free one if you don‘t have one yet.
  3. Download the small Valorant game launcher directly from the website.
  4. Run the launcher and it will download the full game files (around 15GB total).
  5. Once installed, launch Valorant and log in with your Riot account.
  6. You can now play Valorant for free!

It‘s really that simple – just a quick download directly from Riot‘s site and you‘ll be up and running within minutes. No need for Steam, Epic, or any other third-party game launcher.

According to Riot, over 14 million players logged on to Valorant within the first month of launch. That makes it one of the most popular game releases in years!

Why Isn‘t Valorant on Other Platforms?

You might be wondering – if Valorant is so popular, why hasn‘t Riot Games put it on Steam or the Epic Games Store?

Well, Riot has stated a few reasons for handling Valorant distribution themselves:

  • They want full control over player experience from start to finish.
  • Steam and Epic would take a revenue share from microtransactions.
  • The proprietary anti-cheat software may not work properly outside Riot‘s launcher.
  • Direct distribution allows tighter security protections.

By completely controlling the distribution and technology stack around Valorant, Riot can provide the best experience while maximizing their revenue.

And the strategy seems to be working – Valorant made over $126 million in its first year from in-game skin purchases alone! Going direct-to-consumer gives Riot complete control over those valuable microtransaction dollars.

Can You Link Your Riot Account to Steam?

If you want to easily launch Valorant from Steam rather than Riot‘s desktop app, there is a workaround using Steam‘s "Add a Non-Steam Game" feature.

Here are the steps:

  1. In your Steam library, click the "Games" menu and choose "Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library".
  2. Click "Browse" and find the Valorant game launcher executable on your PC.
  3. Choose the launcher and click "Add Selected Programs".
  4. This will add Valorant as a shortcut in your Steam library.

Now you can launch Valorant directly through Steam! Keep in mind this is just a shortcut – your Riot account won‘t be linked to Steam in any way. But it does provide a convenient way to access Valorant within your existing Steam game collection.

Will Valorant Ever Be on Steam or Epic Games Launcher?

Riot hasn‘t announced any plans to bring Valorant to third party platforms like Steam or the Epic Games Store. The direct distribution model has clearly been successful for them.

However, Riot has partnered with Epic to offer some of its other games through the Epic Games Store. This includes titles like League of Legends, Teamfight Tactics, and Legends of Runeterra.

So while there‘s no official confirmation yet, Valorant may eventually come to the Epic Games Store through this existing partnership. But the smart money is on Riot sticking to direct distribution for the foreseeable future.

Why mess with success? In its first year, Valorant had over 14 million monthly players and generated $126 million from in-game content sales.

Riot also gets to keep 100% of that revenue, rather than losing a 30% storefront cut by putting Valorant on Steam or Epic. Expect direct distribution to continue as Riot‘s go-to strategy.

Downloading Valorant – Final Thoughts

To quickly recap for anyone just browsing for the answer:

  • Valorant is not on Steam or the Epic Games Store. It can only be downloaded directly from Riot.
  • Go to playvalorant.com to easily download the game for free.
  • You can add Valorant as a Steam shortcut for easy access if you want.
  • Riot may eventually release on Epic Games Store, but no timeframe yet.

I hope this guide gave you a detailed look at getting Valorant through different game launchers. Let me know if you have any other questions! I‘m always happy to help fellow gamers get access to the newest titles.

Now get out there, start fragging, and have fun climbing the ranks. See you online!