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Valorant: How to Fix ‘Could Not Enter Matchmaking’ Error

Valorant up to its usual antics again? It might not be your fault.

Like just about any other game out there, Valorant is an online game that is plagued with the odd error and bugs here and there. If you’re gonna run an online game of any kind, it may as well be a fact of life. Whether it be disconnects from the server mid-match, crashes, or the inability to get into the game at all, there tend to be issues that happen almost weekly in online games. One such issue can bring a ton of headaches, but more often than not has nothing to do with your end. Here’s how to fix the “Could Not Enter Matchmaking” error in Valorant.

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Can You Fix the Could Not Enter Matchmaking Error in Valorant?

While your first instinct may be to start restarting everything like your router and PC to see if it fixes your issues (though you should do this at least once when any error pops up), more often than not the Could Not Enter Matchmaking error in Valorant has nothing to do with your connection. This error indicates an issue with the connection between your PC and Valorant’s servers. This could be because of scheduled maintenance, emergency maintenance, or full-on issues connecting because of an external attack (DDoS attack for example). One good way to know that it’s not you is by checking the official Valorant Down Detector page, for example. As of writing (morning of July 12, 2023), there are issues with the Valorant servers, according to the site, so you’ll likely need to wait before launching the game again.

Related: How to Fix VAL 59 Error Code in Valorant

If you don’t see that spike, then either the issue just cropped up, or it’s something on your end. If restarts of your router and PC don’t work, it’d be worth checking other games to see if you can connect fine. This will help to narrow down whether it’s something broad or just with Valorant. If it’s just with Valorant, then a full reinstall may be a good course of action (even if that sounds painful). If it’s happening in other games, too, then something’s likely messed up with either your PC or router’s connection. You could also check your antivirus or Firewall settings for potential conflicts.

No matter the issue, we hope this at least helps you get to the root cause to understand it so you can go about fixing it that way. If you need help with one particular troubleshooting step, check out our guide on how to uninstall Riot Vanguard alongside Valorant.


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