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Riot Games Announce Collegiate Valorant Tournament

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After hosting collegiate tournaments in League of Legends, Riot Games announced their inaugural collegiate Valorant event.


The collegiate Valorant tournament or ‘CVAL' will commence on October 24, with 128 regional teams split into 4 groups of 32 teams each. Students belonging to the United States or Canadian universities can apply for the tournament. Each group's winning team (#1) will then advance to Phase 2, which is scheduled to kick off on November 12. The entirety of this event will take place online, except the grand finale scheduled for late July next year, where Riot will host an Offline LAN.

“As Valorant is a vastly different game from League of Legends, we’ve created a new structure for the first year of CVAL. As always, we will continue to evolve the competition to meet the needs of students and schools as best we can. Our goals and values remain the same, starting with the three RSAA value pillars – students first, long-term sustainability, and competitive integrity.” read the blog post at Riot's official site. 

Players willing to partake in the tournament “must be currently enrolled in a degree program lasting at least two years and in academic good standing at the school they are competing for as either a full-time student or a part-time student that is a former full-time student within one academic year of their expected graduation', according to Riot Games.

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CVAL Important Dates and Full Schedule

RFP

  • Operations RFP process begins: July 13, 2022
  • RFP submissions due: August 1, 2022

Fall Tournament

  • Registration: September 9, 2023 – October 7, 2023
  • Phase 1: October 24 – November 6, 2023
  • Phase 2: November 12, 2023 – December 12, 2023 (No matches scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend)

Winter Tournament

  • Registration: November 28 – January 6, 2023
  • Phase 1: January 16, 2023 – January 29, 2023
  • Phase 2: February 4, 2023 – February 26, 2023

Spring Tournament

  • Registration: January 23, 2023 – February 27, 2023
  • Phase 1: March 13, 2023 – March 26, 2023
  • Phase 2: April 1, 2023 – April 30, 2023 (No matches scheduled for the Easter weekend)

CVAL Championship

  • Online rounds: May 6, 2023 – May 21, 2023
  • Live finals: TBD, June 2023 or July 2023

Riot Games will reward its winners with scholarship prizes at all the season tournaments and the Championship. The final Championship event will use the same format as Phase 2, in best of three matches. Riot will conclude the tournament with an offline LAN sometime in June and July next year, 2023. Valorant fans can read more about the tournament by clicking on the official press release here. 1924 23214  24232 

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