Riot has unveiled the latest evolution in Valorant esports with the Valorant Champions Tour 2021 offering teams across the globe a chance to compete in a three-tier competitive structure.
The competition will be split into:
- Valorant Challengers - three tournaments over six weeks, with top-performing teams qualifying for Masters.
- Valorant Masters - Three events a year where a region's top teams compete.
- Valorant Champions - A two-week end-of-year event where 16 teams will compete to be crowned Valorant's global Champion.
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Seven regions will be represented in the competition including:
- North America (includes Oceania),
- Europe, Middle East, and Africa (includes CIS, Turkey, and MENA)
- Latin America
- South-East Asia
Bigger regions will be given more spots Valorant Champions event with North America and EMEA the most represented with four slots each.
Riot also revealed the concerns and needs of Valorant's esport calendar, believing that creating a system was that "easy to follow" was key.
They also wanted to ensure that "open, merit-based qualifiers" adhered to and steps were made to avoid "burnout". Both issue that plague rival tactical shooter Counter-Strike's esport eco-system.
The competition is set to begin in February 2021, with Valorant Challengers. Each round of Challengers will be followed by the Masters (Majors). There will be a break after each Masters for teams to recuperate.
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In October, four Champions Last Chance qualifiers will be held, giving one team one last chance of qualifying into the main event.
The season will conclude with Champions. A massive two-week-long event which will feature the best 16 teams from around the globe.
Riot's announcement is sure to get the juices pumping of any esport fan and again shows their ambition to make Valorant one of the most celebrated esports in the world.
Esport organisations have been hugely supportive of the game with top tier organisations such as Cloud9, TSM and T1 all fielding teams.
Players as well have also spotted opportunity with former CS:GO professionals, in particular those from North America, feeling that Valorant is the place to be.
Valve may well be feeling the pressure with today's announcement.