Riot Games has officially rolled out it’s new competitive structure for the 2021 season with the newly unveiled VALORANT Champions Tour.
The new event is a global competitive event that will feature a variety of tournaments that will be played in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australis, and will see esports teams battle for the right to be crowned as the best VALORANT team. The Tour will feature three stages entitled Challengers, Masters, and Champions, with each having it’s own exclusive tournaments throughout the season.
“The Champions Tour is our next step to grow VALORANT into a global esport worthy of the passion of our fans,” Whalen Rozelle, Senior Director of Esports at Riot Games said in an official press release to announce the event. “We’ve spent a couple of years now talking to players, teams, fans, prospective partners, and other stakeholders, and we’re extremely excited to launch our first official season. Our focus will be on elevating and showcasing the creative and talented players who are shaping this game across the globe. Fans and players both wanted high stakes competition, and that’s what the VALORANT Champions Tour is designed to do.”
The top teams in each regional competition will gain a spot at VALORANT Masters which will take place at three different junctures in 2021.