VALORANT players frequently experience error code 39 after a new patch, usually a major one, installs.
The error code relates to server connectivity issues but can happen for any number of reasons. It prevents some players from loading VALORANT, stopping them short of the main menu, and others from joining a lobby and entering into a game.
The error indicates Riot’s servers have gone offline in certain locations. This, because of the nature of patches, usually applies to the North American servers but can affect European servers and the rest of the world.
When the servers are up and running though, the error code could be related to downtime. When a new patch is scheduled, especially with a new Act which tends to introduce a map or Agent, along with a battle pass and bundle, the servers go down for maintenance. This maintenance can last anywhere between five minutes and one hour, depending on the size of the patch.
In this case, you’ll simply have to wait for the downtime to finish before you can play the game again. For a clearer understanding of the current state of the servers, you can use DownDetector to determine the root of the problem.
Riot also has a server status website for every region. If your server is down, the site will tell you everything you need to know.