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Riot Games is making MASSIVE changes for VALORANT Esports!

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Riot Games has revealed ground-breaking new plans for VALORANT Esports that establish three international leagues for the 2023 season.
Riot Games is making MASSIVE changes for VALORANT Esports!
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The future of competitive VALORANT

Riot Games has announced its plans for VALORANT Esports that will establish three international leagues as the top level of competition for the 2023 season. This new model will incorporate long-term partnerships with no entry fees to a select number of teams to ensure continued long-term stability for the world's fastest-growing Esports. To support the initiative, Riot Games will launch new features and events that include:
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1. Three new international leagues featuring week-over-week competition between the world's best teams. These three new leagues will be composed of teams from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. This will see the best players compete against each other in LAN settings and in front of live audiences (health and safety conditions permitting). Throughout the year, the best teams will compete to qualify for two international Masters events and VALORANT champions (where one team will be crowned the World Champions.

2. There will be a new competitive in-game mode accessible to every player directly within the VALORANT client designed to identify the best talent worldwide. This new mode will act as a supplement to the existing leaderboards which will provide players with a new goal above ranked play that easily integrates into the esports ecosystem.

3. Riot will launch new domestic leagues that will expand opportunities for up-and-coming talent who aspire to reach elite international leagues. Top teams from the in-game competitive mode will have the opportunity to compete against the best talent from their region within their respective domestic leagues.

4. Riot Games will be forgoing any entry or participation fees for selected organizations that will set up long-term partners for success.

With VALORANT, we want to build today’s most thrilling Esport alongside the most well-managed, ambitious, and exciting teams in the industry. We have designed our long-term partnership model for VALORANT so teams can thrive and build their business alongside the overall growth of VALORANT Esports, said Whalen Rozelle, Head of Esports Operations at Riot Games. We are setting up our long-term partners for success by forgoing any entry or participation fees for selected organizations. Our aim is to free our partners to invest their resources in supporting their pros and growing their fanbases through creating incredible content for fans.

In 2022, Riot Games will operate a selective application process to identify the right long-term partner to grow VALORANT into the world's leading FPS Esport. Teams who meet the selection criteria will be provided with financial support from Riot Games in a form of an annual stipend and the exclusive opportunity to collaborate on unique in-game activations and products. Partnered teams will be able to distribute esports branded content.

Together, all these elements will contribute to a competitive ecosystem that will position VALORANT for its next stage of growth, said John Needham, President of Esports at Riot Games. We want to build the top level of competition that will provide more exciting matches, new events that will thrill live audiences, and engaging experiences for millions of online fans. We’ll use everything we learned from the past 10 years with LoL Esports to build an ecosystem that will supercharge VALORANT into the next great multigenerational Esport.

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