The VCT Game Changers program, which was launched in 2021, aims at promoting women in esports and providing them with opportunities to compete at the highest levels. While the program has grown rapidly over the past couple of years and achieved great success, it has not been without its share of controversies.
Recently, there have been multiple instances in the scene where men have been accused of various forms of misconduct or controversial behavior. In October 2022, Valorant org Rising Hope dropped its entire roster for Game Changers after its coach was alleged of sexually harassing the team members on multiple occasions.
In March 2023, the Game Changers community was rocked by yet another controversy involving a male coach who was accused of sexual misconduct against a minor and subsequently fired from his position.
On March 17, Japanese esports organization FENNEL revealed that they had picked up two coaches for their Valorant Game Changers roster – Rader and hanpipe. The announcement was quickly followed by the surfacing of sexual misconduct allegations against the latter.
In the replies to the aforementioned announcement, Gareso Takizawa revealed that hanpipe was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old at her parents’ home.
FENNEL replied to the Tweet, claiming that they would launch an investigation into the accusations. A day later, the org announced that hanpipe had been removed from the team.
“When we checked the facts, we found that hanpipe himself had admitted to the facts and that the matter had been reported to a third party,” FENNEL said in a statement. “This was not revealed to us until the facts were discovered.”
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What is Valorant Champions Tour (VCT)?
Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) is a global esports tournament series for the video game Valorant. The series is organized by Riot Games and features regional and international competitions, with teams competing for a share of the prize pool and a chance to qualify for the Valorant Champions event.
How many regions are part of VCT?
There are currently six regions that participate in VCT: North America, Europe, Latin America, Brazil, Korea, and Southeast Asia.
How are teams selected to participate in VCT?
Teams can qualify for VCT through a combination of open qualifiers, regional tournaments, and point-based rankings. Each region has its own system for selecting teams to participate in VCT.
What is the prize pool for VCT?
The prize pool for VCT varies depending on the tournament and the region.
What is the format of VCT tournaments?
The format of VCT tournaments varies depending on the stage of the competition. Typically, teams compete in a round-robin or double-elimination format, with the top teams advancing to a playoff bracket. The finals are usually played in a best-of-five format.
How can I watch VCT matches?
VCT matches are streamed on the official Valorant esports channels on Twitch and YouTube. You can also find information about upcoming matches and results on the VCT website.