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VALORANT: YR1 EVENTS

With one year of VALORANT in the books, the only proper thing to do is celebrate for a month. That’s why in June we kick off VALORANT YR1, a slate of events and opportunities—both in-game and out—to thank you with cool stuff for a year’s worth of headshots, Spike plants, and insta-locking Duelists.

If you weren’t around last year don’t worry, we’ll vouch for you when telling people you were into VALORANT before it went mainstream.

The YR1 events each have their specific start and run times (most of them, today!). We’ve assembled the basics for you below, but please know we’ll keep you alerted on the start and end times on our channels, so watch closely.

NIGHT.MARKET (6/2)

Doors are up on Night.Market, a collection of six random skins available to purchase, discounted and unique to you.

GIVE BACK BUNDLE (voting starts 6/2)

Have your say. Vote to see which four of your favorite gun skins return in the Give Back Bundle—and it’s all for a good cause!

First visit and cast your vote between June 2–7 for your preference of the offered item choices. The winners will be announced June 16.

Then purchase the bundle from June 22–July 8, and 50% of the proceeds from Weapon skins and 100% from accessories in the Give Back Bundle, will go towards the Riot Games Social Impact Fund, in partnership with Impact Assets.

For more information on the Riot Games Social Impact Fund, check out their page.

PLAYER CARDS (6/9)

Make room for three on your VALORANT Player Card checklist and collect the Limited Edition YR1 set that celebrates Episode 1, 2, and 3.

Here’s how to redeem:

  • 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 (see more below)

COMMUNITY BATTLEPASS (6/13 to 6/25)

Each of our global VALORANT regions will vote for a unique item like Sprays, Gun Buddies, and titles that best reflect their local region. The VALORANT dev team will review the top vote earners, with select items to appear in a future Community-powered Battlepass in Episode 4.

Voting will run locally, so stay posted to your local VALORANT channel for more details.

WWFEST RETURNS (6/25)

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.

YR1 EVENT PASS (6/22 to 7/6)

Even though it’s technically our birthday, there’s another gift to you: the YR1 Event Pass—free for everyone.

No prerequisites, no VP spend, just 7 levels of exclusive YR1 items like the Episode 3 Player Card, a Gun Buddy, and more. Just play VALORANT, earn XP, and unlock.

EPISODE 3 LIVESTREAM (6/21)

When YR1 ends, Episode 3 begins. Join a panel of devs from the Competitive, Agents, and Premium Content teams for a look at Episode 3 and year two.

Live on Twitch, June 21 at 10AM PT.

SQUAD BOOST (6/22 to 7/26)

Get more from VALORANT when you play with friends. Queue with your favorite entry fraggers, support, and lurkers, to get more XP in any VALORANT game mode. Squad Boost runs for one month, specifically, June 22 to July 26, with timings to coincide with your local Patch release.

Your boost depends on your party size. Queue as a tag team and you get 8% extra XP. Form a triple threat and you get 12%. Queue with four, and you get more—that’s 16%. Five-stack and you earn a 20% XP boost.

Remember, XP from Squad Boost applies to all game modes except customs. And it all ends July 26 (check your local Patch release). Don’t worry, we’ll remind you before it’s over.

ACCOUNT LEVELING (6/22)

What do you do when your birthday ends? Get ready for the next one! Episode 3 will add a new way to recognize and reward you for your time playing VALORANT.

You’ll have to catch our EP3 livestream (see above) to get the full details. See ya there.

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