How long can a game of VALORANT actually last under ideal circumstances?

Nafiu Aziz
By Nafiu Aziz
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Image Credit: Riot Games

VALORANT is a 5v5 objective-based tactical shooter from the developers of League of Legends.

Basically it is a first-to-13 round competitive format where you select a unique agent to play for the entirety of the match. There are a total of 25 rounds in a match where after the first twelve rounds two sides usually swaps places.

VALORANT 13-0 win
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According to the latest patch in VALORANT, each round in a match can last up to (1 minute and 40 seconds). The interval between each round is around 7-10 seconds. And the buy phase can last up to 45 seconds.

Player breaks down how long a match can last in VALORANT

After adding all the variables like spike planting/defusing time, the longest a match can last is around 78 minutes and 3 seconds. That means a typical unrated match in VALORANT can last anywhere from 10 minutes to 1+ hour depending on how many rounds you play in a match.

This savvy VALORANT player decided to find out how long a game can last in VALORANT if you consider 25 rounds, interval time, spike plant/defusal time, buying phase time, etc. After combining all of these numbers this player figured out exactly how long it can take.

A typical match in VALROANT can last for a long time. And as a result, if somehow you are losing, players tend to abandon their teammates. Even though Riot did implement harsh punishment for AFKers with the official launch, there are still a lot more leavers in the game than Riot would like to admit.

So next time if you commit to a match in VALORANT make sure you have enough free time left in your hand. Riot Games is really starting to punish leavers in the game. And a “surrender” option is also coming to the game to mitigate some of the problems caused by leavers in the upcoming patch.

Nafiu Aziz is an avid gamer and a writer at GameRiv, covering Apex Legends, CS:GO, VALORANT, and plenty of other popular FPS titles in between. He scours the internet daily to get the latest scoop in esports.