Riot Games announced on April 28th its plans for the 2023 Valorant Champions Tour, which will include three new international leagues played on LAN with developer-selected teams, expanded national and Game Changers leagues, and a new competitive in-game Aspiring player mode professionally.
Riot announced its plans for the 2023 VCT circuit on Thursday, April 28th, which will include three new international leagues with company-selected organizations, expanded national and Game Changers leagues, and an in-game mode that plugs into them national competitions.
The three international leagues have teams from America, EMEA and Asia. They will also compete on LAN in front of a live audience barring any health concerns. Riot will select Teams as “long-term partners,” with the developer going through a “selective application process” throughout 2022.
The teams Riot selects become partner teams and receive financial support from the company through an annual stipend and the “exclusive opportunity to collaborate on unique in-game activations and products.”
Teams will also have the ability to “distribute branded esports content” that will allow players to “express their esports fandom both while watching and playing.”
The teams competing in the three international leagues will also compete for spots in two international Masters tournaments and Valorant Champions, the year-end event where the world champion is crowned.
“With Valorant, we aim to build today’s most exciting esports alongside the best-run, most ambitious, and most exciting teams in the industry,” said Whalen Rozelle, Head of Esports Operations at Riot Games. “We have designed our long-term partnership model for VALORANT to allow teams to thrive and build their business alongside the overall growth of VALORANT Esports.
“We put our long-term partners on the road to success by waiving entry or participation fees for selected organizations. Our goal is to empower our partners to invest their resources in supporting their professionals and growing their fan base by creating incredible content for fans.”
What we know about the 2023 VCT national leagues and the competitive mode
The new competitive mode in the Valorant client will come in 2023 and will run alongside the leaderboard. The top teams from the new mode will move into the domestic leagues.
The domestic leagues will “broaden opportunities for emerging talent aspiring to reach elite international leagues”.
More details on these leagues, including their format or included countries, have yet to be announced.
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