Riot Games has kickstarted VALORANT’s Esports scene with the announcement of the championship tour that will let teams all over the world compete with each other in an open qualifier style.
In the beginning, Riot hinted that they wanted to stay away from meddling with the Esports scene too much as they wanted the scene to grow organically. However, all of that was thrown out of the window with the announcement of the Championship tour.
These tournaments will be Riot-backed events and will let these teams earn extra points that will make them eligible to enter the main event at the end of each year similar to how the League of Legends World Championship system works.
Riot choose LPL to host VALORANT tournaments
Oceanic esports tournament organizer and broadcasting media company LetsPlay.Live (LPL) has been chosen to be the official partner in bringing players to the 2021 VALORANT Oceania Tour.
VALORANT Oceania Tour prize pool:
For the first time, VALORANT players in the Oceanic region will be able to compete for an opportunity to play at the international level. The tournament, beginning February, will run in three stages – Stage 01, Stage 02, and Stage 03. Each stage will end with a Regional Finals which in turn will culminate in the Oceania Championship. Each stage offers a $10,000 AUD prize pool for the top 8 teams, and the Championship an additional $20,000 AUD prize pool.
VALORANT Oceania Tour schedule:
The 2021 VALORANT Oceania Tour begins with the VALORANT Challengers OCE – Stage 01 Open Qualifier running from 10/2 – 14/2. Registrations are now open to teams composed of residents of Oceania. Players can find more information on registration, eligibility, and the tournament here.
The 2021 VALORANT Oceania Tour will serve as the official pathway for players in the region to qualify into the combined NA + OCE Last Chance Qualifier, which offers competitors the opportunity to qualify for the VALORANT Global Championship event. LetsPlay.Live will lead registration, operations, and production of each stage of competitive play, as well as the Oceania Championship.
LPL’s founder shared their plan for the region
LPL’s founder and Managing Director, Duane Mutu, is excited to be bringing more international opportunities to Oceania-based players. “To be kicking off the year partnering with Riot Games to bring Oceania official Valorant pathways is phenomenal. LPL are excited to be offering an international avenue for our region’s players in 2021 and to be showcasing teams through broadcast for fans of VALORANT worldwide.”