Global Esports to Field Ten Player Squad at Valorant International League 2023

Abhimannu Das
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Riot Games is yet to approve Global Esports' 10-player roster for the Asia-Pacific (APAC) international league.
Global Esports wants to sign one import player and additional players from the APAC circuit.
The team is setting up a boot camp in South Korea, where its South Asian players will train alongside its international squad members.

India-based esports organization Global Esports announced that it will compete with a 10-man Valorant roster in the 2023 competitive season. Global Esports’ ambitious roster plans will need to be approved by Riot Games but as it stands, the team wants to add international and regional players to solidify its existing team.

Riot Games' approval is still pending

Riot Games will allow only one import player, which means that Global Esports can sign just one player from the Americas or European leagues. However, it can sign multiple players from the Asia-Pacific region to bolster its roster.

In the team’s official announcement, Global Esports revealed that its players from South Asia will be able to compete alongside the international players in South Korea. If the South Asian players can prove themselves and show that they can compete at the international level by January 2023, they will be selected to compete at the São Paulo Kickoff event taking place at the start of the new year.

We are retaining our Indian players and getting 5 additional players from pacific and one import from NA / EU. We have until January of next year to decide which 6 get to be a part of the active roster. It's an opportunity for the South Asian players to learn and grow along with the international talent when they train together in South Korea They get to not just up their skill but even prove their mettle at its highest. That will help them all earn their spot to play at Sao Paolo for the kick off event. That being said, we're already in talks with several players and will be announcing our newly signed players. Our goal is to find a way to get Indian talent to be able to compete at the highest level and prove their skills (even if it takes a few seasons to get there)"
Rushindra Sinha

The current members of Global Esports’ Valorant division are:

  • Ganesh "SkRossi" Gangadhar

  • Abhirup "Lightningfast" Choudhury

  • Bhavin "HellrangeR" Kotwani

  • Akshay "KappA" Sinkar

  • Jayanth "skillZ" Ramesh

  • Pranav "Kohliii" Kohli

  • Vatsal "Nghtmre2k" Uniyal (Manager)

  • Hong "Eraser" Chang-pyo (Coach)

A squad of ten players falls within Riot Games’ new VCT rules as teams are required to have at least six players and up to four reserve players. As long as Global Esports informs Riot Games about roster changes a day in advance, it can field any roster featuring the ten registered players.

The news about the 10-man roster comes shortly after Global Esports’ attempt to join forces with Bleed Esports was reportedly rejected by Riot Games. The publisher reportedly vetoed the merger which led to Global Esports looking to sign international players as well as more regional players ahead of next year’s international league.

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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.

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