Valorant teams from India and South Asia now have a clear path to the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT). Riot Games has partnered with NODWIN Gaming* to host the Valorant Conquerors Championship (VCC) which will serve as a qualifying event for the VCT APAC Last Chance Qualifiers. For the South Asian leg, the teams will compete in multiple sub-regional qualifiers for a prize pool of INR 25 Lakhs ($33,000 USD). Registration for the Valorant Conquerors Championship will begin on June 15, 2021.
There will be six qualifiers for various countries within the South Asian region at the Valorant Conquerors Championship:
Each VCC qualifier will have a set number of registration slots. Participants will compete in online qualifiers and winners will progress to the playoffs. The winner of the playoffs will progress to the APAC Last Chance Qualifier of the VCT where they will face qualified teams from Southeast Asia, Korea, and Japan. The winner of this APAC Last Chance Qualifier will advance to the Valorant Champions Tour, the global final where the 2021 Champion will be crowned.
More details about registration, tournament format, and deadlines will be announced shortly.
The prize pool of the Valorant Conquerors Championship is INR 25 Lakhs ($33,000 USD).
Additionally, winners advance to the Valorant Champions Tour 2021: Asia Last Chance Qualifiers and will have the chance to qualify for the Champions tournament of the VCT, which is expected to feature a much larger prize pool.
Registrations for the Valorant Conquerors Championship will begin on June 15, 2021 at 02:00 PM IST. More information about the registrations and other updates can be found on the official website of the tournament.
Valorant Champions Tour is divided into three phases: Challengers, Masters, and Champions.
The lowest level of competition is the challenger level, which is focused on regional competition. These tournaments will be run in collaboration with reputable tournament operators that have previously handled First Strike qualifiers and Ignition Series events.
The Masters will be much larger, international events and the most important seasonal tournaments. A total of three masters will be held during 2021, and they will feature some of the best players in their respective regions.
Last but not least, the best gamers and teams from all over the world will compete at Valorant Champions, the biggest event of the year, where the top 16 teams will face each other for the title of the first Valorant global champion.
Teams will have one final opportunity to qualify for Champions after the third Masters event. Teams compete in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia-Pacific tournaments for a chance to qualify for the Champions tournament.
This is the first time that Riot Games has given South Asian Valorant teams an opportunity to compete in the global Valorant circuit. Prior to this, most tournaments in the region were organized by local tournament organizers.
“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,” said Sukamal Pegu, Publishing Leader, India & South Asia, Riot Games. “This is our first step in unlocking esports for the region.”
It is an important tournament for the fans and teams of Valorant in India and South Asia as it is the first time that Riot Games has given a chance for teams competing in this region to qualify for the Global Circuit.
“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,” said Akshat Rathee, MD & Co-Founder, NODWIN Gaming.
Disclaimer: NODWIN Gaming is a minority investor and a client of AFK Gaming.