Global Esports Qualifies for VCT 2023 as Part of Valorant Franchising Asia Pacific

Riot announced VCT 2023 partnered teams which includes India's own Global Esports under Asia Pacific region.

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After a long wait, Riot Games finally announced the list of all the 30 teams that are going to compete in the upcoming Valorant Champions Tour 2023. Earlier, Riot announced that VCT 2023 will have will exclusively feature teams that have secured partnerships with Riot Games. Among the 30 teams, Global Esports is the only Indian team from South Asia that has secured a Valorant Franchising Asia Pacific Slot.

The upcoming VCT 2023 Season will have three regional league events in which the partnered teams have the chance to compete. Three international leagues have been announced, each with ten partnered teams. Valorant has officially partnered up with the top 30 best teams in Valorant’s competitive scene, including India’s organization, Global Esports.

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Global Esports Becomes the Only Indian Team to Secure a Spot at VCT 2023: Pacific League

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Riot Games has classified the regional leagues into three different regions for VCT 2023, namely, America, the Pacific, and Europe. Each region will have a total of 10 teams which amounts to a total of 30 teams in total. These 30 teams will be competing in multiple region-based tournaments in the upcoming year, and the season will conclude with VALORANT Champions 2023.

The first international split is set to begin in March, with teams from North America, Europe, and the Pacific joining for LAN tournaments in Berlin, Seoul, and Los Angeles. The top teams from the split will advance to the second international tournament of the year, VCT Masters, where they will compete for a spot at the esteemed Valorant Champions 2023. The teams will be given unique privileges and will be able to play in top-tier competitions without fear of extinction. Each team will also get a six-figure stipend to sustain its VALORANT lineup.

Valorant Last Chance Qualifiers will be conducted in July, giving the teams a chance to qualify for the Champions for those who did not for VC 2023. The Challengers Circuit will run in parallel with the normal VCT 2023 season to allow smaller teams to compete in the VCT 2024 season. The first Challengers split will begin in January, followed by the second in March. The Challengers Circuits will be concluded in July 2023 with the Ascension events.

Following is the list of all the 30 teams that have secured partnerships with Riot Games:

Americas

  • 100 Thieves
  • Sentinels
  • Cloud9
  • NRG
  • Evil Geniuses
  • FURIA
  • LOUD
  • MIBR
  • KRÜ Esports
  • Leviatán

EMEA

  • Fnatic
  • Team Vitality
  • Team Liquid
  • Karmine Corp
  • Team Heretics
  • KOI
  • Giants
  • Na’Vi
  • FUR Esports
  • BBL Esports

Asia-Pacific

  • ZETA DIVISION
  • DetonatioN Gaming
  • Gen.G
  • T1
  • DRX
  • Team Secret
  • Paper Rex
  • Rex Regum Qeon
  • Talon Esports
  • Global Esports

Global Esports is one of the prestigious Indian esports organizations and stands in one of the best teams in South Asia Valorant teams. The organization made its debut in Valorant Competitive back in 2020 and has won several notable events ever since. Their current Valorant roster has some of the finest Indian players, namely, Ganesh “SkRossi” Gangadhar, “HellrangeR” Kotwani (Team Captain), Akshay “KappA” Sinkar, Jayanth “skillZ” Ramesh, Abhirup “Lightningfast” Choudhury, Pranav “Kohliii” Kohli.

Riot detailed its major criteria for selecting organisations as partners in their public announcement. Riot chose organisations that prioritise fans, promote diversity, are dedicated to assisting players, have attractive brands, and can plan for the long term in a sustainable manner.

However, the recent announcement of Riot partnered teams has shocked the community as few deserving teams have not been selected as partners. Those include OpTic and FPX, both Masters Champions of this year, has not made it to VCT 2023. Neither did TSM, G2, The Guard, Ninjas in Pyjamas, FaZe, XSET, and a handful of others. Starting in 2024, more teams will enter the elite leagues through two-year promotional windows gained by playing in the Challengers and Ascension events.

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Manoj is an avid BGMI fan who is pursuing his bachelor's in Computer Science. Besides playing BGMI for hours, he is a writer by heart, choosing games and esports as his mainstream work after working with publications like FirstSportz and in several niches with various companies.