The much awaited announcement has finally happened. The official Twitter handle of Valorant India & South Asia did hint at a potential announcement at 22:30 hours IST and Riot games have not disappointed their ardent fans. The premier game publisher, developer and tournament organiser have announced a pathway towards the Valorant Champions Tour in collaboration with NODWIN Gaming.
The flagship event will be called the Valorant Conquerors Championship that will boast a mega prizepool of 25 lacs INR along with a concrete pathway towards a slot at the Valorant Champions Tour LAN event. The entire circuit will consist of 6 separate qualifiers, one each for the following regions:
- Pakistan & Afghanistan
- Srilanka & Maldives
- Nepal & Bhutan
Each of the qualifiers will have certain slots dedicated to the region, with the qualifying teams playing out an online phase which will see a given number of teams grab spots at the APAC Last Chance Qualifier. The teams qualifying from the Valorant Conquerors Championship will battle alongside South-East Asia, Korea and Japan, with the winner of the APAC Last Chance Qualifier earning a spot at the next Valorant Champions Tour event, which is likely to take place in Berlin, Germany.
Valorant Conquerors Championship
The South Asian region, especially the Indian one, has gotten recognition for the widespread number of tournaments that have been conducted, with the region growing into a self-sustaining one as far as the sheer number of viewers, frequency of events and number of tournament organisers is concerned.
Now, with a pathway to Valorant Champions Tour, the South Asian region will be able to grow further and take one step further into gaining the international recognition.
“We at Riot Games have been listening to our fanbase in South Asia and the growing demand to include the region in our VCT 2021 roadmap. This is our first step in unlocking esports for the region. We are very impressed with NODWIN Gaming’s portfolio of esports events and their support for VALORANT in the region and we have full confidence in their ability to deliver a world-class VALORANT event for our competitive players here”, said Sukamal Pegu, Publishing Leader, India & South Asia, Riot Games.
NODWIN Gaming is part of the mobile gaming conglomerate Nazara Technologies and has been the flagbearer for bringing international level events to the Indian and South Asian region. As far as Valorant is concerned, the Indian Tournament organizing powerhouse has found immense success with their Agni and Jazba series for the Indian and Pakistani region respectively.
The partnership between NODWIN Gaming and Riot games for the South Asian region has also been welcomed by Akshat Rathee, who highlighted this as a glorious opportunity for the region.
“This is a great opportunity for the entire VALORANT ecosystem in South Asia to catapult itself to stardom. A representation in the Last Chance Qualifier is much deserved looking at the richness of the community and the amount of buzz it has created in the last year.
We and our friends at Riot Games have worked together to build this ladder that connects South Asia to the global roadmap of VALORANT esports, that is the VCT 2021. Looking forward to a great competition.,” said Mr Akshat Rathee, MD & Co-Founder, NODWIN Gaming.
The entry into APAC Last Chance Qualifiers alongside South-East Asian, Korean and Japanese teams will also provide the region more exposure. The registrations for the Valorant Conquerors Championship will begin from the 15th of June, with no actual date reserved for the start of the tournament.
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