Valorant is only in closed beta, but we have already seen a number of tournaments popping up to support the game in its early stages as an esport.
They may only be invitationals but they standard has been high with several ex-CS:GO pros and the best content creators battling it out for those early esport kudos.
ESPN is the latest company to announce a Valorant tournament, and this is set to be one of the most interesting events yet - there will be teams compromised of professional players from other games including CS:GO, Overwatch, Apex and Fortnite.
8 teams of pros. 7 different game titles. Welcome to the most ambitious crossover in esports history.â€” ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) April 18, 2020
ESPN Esports @PlayVALORANT Invitational.
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The event will take place between April 20th through to the 22nd, starting at 8 pm GMT. The match schedule can be found on the ESPN website.
The eight teams will be split into two groups of four with a round-robin format, then it is on to the knockout round where the top two teams from each group will play each other in the semi-final before the Bo3 Final. All group games will be Bo1.
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There are eight teams in total with a mixture of Riot developers, pros and content creators.
It looks like Xmithie and Doublelift are reuniting... but not where you think. Welcome Team Rift to the ESPN Esports @playVALORANT Invitational!â€” ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) April 19, 2020
Captained by @Shiphtur, @TLDoublelift, @Xmithie, @imaqtpie and @Dyrus.
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THE CHAMPS ARE BACK!â€” ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) April 19, 2020
They've already proven their @playVALORANT prowess in MULTIPLE invitationals, will they be able to claim the ðŸ† this time?
Welcome Team Mirage, @Ska, @AZKcs_, @brax1wnl, @n0thing and @Hiko.
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Our third team for the ESPN Esports @playVALORANT invitational is ready and they are a force to be reckoned with!â€” ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) April 19, 2020
Please welcome Team Canyon with @justKellar, @sYnceDez, @acesu, @Dizzy and @Mendo!
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Our next team is a fierce group of competitors looking to make a name for themselves in @PlayVALORANT .â€” ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) April 19, 2020
Captained by @Gale_Adelade he is joined by @xQc, @Kephrii, @A_Seagull and @emonggtv; Team Heroes is ready.
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Coming in hot is Team Six lead by @BroCanadian with an all-star squad of @Rampy, @Thinkingnade, @nvKing_ and @necroxlive.â€” ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) April 19, 2020
Will they be able to make a run? Find out at the ESPN Esports @PlayVALORANT Invitational.
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Another stacked team comes to battle in the ESPN Esports @playVALORANT invitational.â€” ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) April 19, 2020
Captained by @psalm please welcome Team Llama to the mix with @1j0seph, @thwifo, @HighSky and @XXiFtv.
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Dropping in with our seventh team for the ESPN Esports @playVALORANT Invitational is Team Battlegrounds with @VegasPUBG, @venerated_nv, @ValliateKA, @RealYaBoiDre and @sharkyeet.â€” ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) April 19, 2020
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Made up of Riot developers and if it's anything like the team that took on Summit1g, Fl0m, shroud, Dizzy and Skadoodle last week they have to be the early favourites.
The event will be streamed entirely on the ESPN Esports Twitch channel.
For more on the future of Valorant as an esports, check out Riotâ€™s plans for the title in the near future.