ESPN has been dipping their toes into esports a lot more recently due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
This week, the ESPN Esports is set to debut their VALORANT Invitational. This is an original ESPN series showcasing teams of professional players from other esport scenes across the globe. The teams will compete from April 20th to the 22nd.
The members of each team have yet to be announced. But, with eight rosters from seven different games, there will likely be more than a few big names answering the call when the games begin on April 20.
8 teams of pros. 7 different game titles. Welcome to the most ambitious crossover in esports history.
ESPN Esports @PlayVALORANT Invitational.
— ESPN Esports (@ESPN_Esports) April 18, 2020
There will obviously be a few representatives that hold an edge over the competition. Especially since two of the teams are made up of CS:GO players and VALORANT developers. But overall it looks like there should be a balanced bracket that fans can enjoy seeing in a firefight.
The seven esport scenes represented in the Invitational are CS:GO, Fortnite, League of Legends, PUBG, Rainbow Six, Apex Legends, and Overwatch. The only non-esports team competing in the event is the VALORANT dev roster. Although, former CS:GO pros like Salvatore “Volcano” Garozzo are potentially on that roster.
As of now, the early favorites will likely be the developers, since they swept a team of FPS streamers featuring shroud, Summit1g, Skadoodle, Dizzy, and Fl0m in a showmatch last week.
The event will take place over three days from April 20 to 22 starting at 2 pm CT on the ESPN Esports Twitch channel. A fully listed bracket and details about the individual rosters will be revealed prior to the tournament.
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