Red Bull announced their first-ever global collegiate tournament that seeks to bring together aspiring esports athletes from across the world. Students from over 50 countries will get to represent their campus and become the Red Bull Campus Clutch Champion. Sign-ups are open to students from all over the globe for the Qualifiers. The tournament will be held across three stages – the qualifiers, national finals and world final. All national champions will compete at the main event for the grand prize of €20,000 ($24,300).
The Red Bull Campus Clutch is the biggest collegiate level Valorant tournament till date. Sign-ups are currently live and players can compete against other teams from their home countries to qualify for the national finals. One team from each country will be selected to go head-to-head against the best collegiate teams in the world at the World Finals. Winners will not only take home the prize money of €20,000 ($24,300), but they will also get to meet the biggest esports stars in Valorant.
Riot Games has partnered with Red Bull to offer winners of the Red Bull Campus Clutch a chance to meet the biggest esports stars in the game during the upcoming Valorant Masters event. Valorant Masters is the official main event at the 2021 Champions Tour, which is set to be Valorant’s biggest esports event till date.
Red Bull revealed at they see university esports playing a pivotal role to ensure the success of the esports ecosystem. The grassroots event aims to take university esports to the next level by offering a global structure and compete with the best teams across the world. Red Bull wants the students to “not only represent their campus, but their country, and pave the way for the next generation of esports pro players.”
The qualifiers for the upcoming event will run from February to May 23. Interested players are requested to check the official page to know when the qualifiers are being held in their country. The Red Bull Campus Clutch is being hosted by Red Bull and Riot Games in partnership with Intel, SteelSeries and AOC. The qualifiers will follow a single-elimination format with six rounds being played at each stage. There are no ELO restrictions or entry fees involved with the event. The winners of each national final from the FaceIt qualifiers will be contacted by the organizers with the main event details.