Riot Games recently announced several changes to VALORANT esports for 2023. This includes the introduction of international and domestic leagues along with a new competitive gaming mode for aspiring pro esports athletes. Additionally, VALORANT’s competitive circuit for women, Game Changers, will also be expanded to more countries and regions next year.
“We’ll use everything we learned from the past ten years with LoL Esports to build an ecosystem that will supercharge VALORANT into the next great multigenerational esport,” said John Needham, the President of Esports at Riot Games.
Riot’s 2023′s esports overhaul will begin with the creation of three international leagues that will feature teams from North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. These leagues will host weekly competitions and LAN events with live audiences. From there, the best teams will face off in two Masters tournament series that lead up to the Championship event.
Throughout the rest of the year, Riot will formulate long-term “permanent partnership[s].” These partners will benefit VALORANT teams in two key ways. First, selected squads will no longer pay entry or participation fees and will instead receive an annual stipend from Riot Games. And second, partnered organizations will be able to collaborate with Riot on in-game events and branded products.
Riot also announced it would launch domestic leagues for players hoping to achieve international recognition. It’ll also be creating a new, competitive in-game mode one tier below these domestic leagues that will allow players to compete against domestic league teams, creating an easily accessible onboarding process for new talent to enter the VALORANT esports scene.
(All information was provided by The Washington Post)
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