VALORANT’s Upcoming 8.02 PBE Has Been Delayed Due to Riot’s Mass Lay-offs

Mahir Faisal
By Mahir Faisal
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Riot Games’ sudden lay-off of a number of their employees might cause a delay to regular patch releases.

Riot Games is mainly known as the developer of League of Legends and VALORANT, which also had some other games running on full support. Unfortunately, they recently announced that they will lay off 11% of their total employees. Due to this, a massive hamper is expected to affect the regular workload.

VALORANT is an FPS game with constant meta-changing and regular updates. This is one of the most significant reasons behind the title’s enormous popularity. It keeps the game afar from the risk of getting outdated or boring. Riot always changes the game’s overall experience by adding in-game content. However, the recent lay-off of their workforce might interfere with their regular update schedule.

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VALORANT’s Upcoming 8.02 PBE Has Been Delayed

Before officially releasing any patch, Riot Games tends to test them in their Public Beta Environment or PBE server. Basically, it allows developers to test out new changes and fix any bugs by deploying changes on a different server. Players can apply to join VALORANT PBE by fulfilling some requirements. They usually publish a schedule for the PBE testing beforehand. However, this time, it might not be followed properly.

The current VALORANT patch going on is 8.01, which went live on January 23, 2024, as per the schedule. The next patch is 8.02, which was set to be released for PBE on January 26, 2024. However, as per VALORANT Leaks & News, the next patch might not be released at the stated time.

The reason behind this delay is supposed to be the recent lay-off of employees. Naturally, this downsizing affected the usual work progress.

As of now, no reschedule has been announced for the 8.02 PBE. It is possible that Riot Games will skip this PBE and continue from 8.03, which is set to release on February 9, 2024.

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Mahir, an Electrical Engineering student currently working as an FPS writer at GameRiv, prefers to introduce himself as a video game enthusiast. Mostly keen on competitive FPS titles like VALORANT and CS: GO, he also enjoys exploring casual story games.