Valorant steps in the major esports league with its first-ever official event: the Valorant Ignition Series.
Two weeks after the official release of Valorant, Riot Games announces Valorant’s first esports competition: the Valorant Ignition Series.
With no less than 20 esports organizations taking part in the initiative, Riot Games aims to promote Valorant as an esport on a global scale. Each organization operates its own Ignition Series tournament, starting with the European G2 Esports Invitational, presented by Red Bull, and the Rage Valorant Japan Invitational. Both events will take place on June 19, 2020.
The Valorant Ignition Series may change its format depending on the organization behind it. As such, some events can offer competitive open qualifiers, show matches or invitationals with top players, established personalities, and aspiring amateurs. With these tournaments, Riot Games hopes to promote Valorant and detect the upcoming stars of its FPS game.
Europe and Japan are the first areas welcoming the Valorant Ignition Series. Further information will be revealed soon regarding upcoming tournaments in North America, Brazil, Latin America, Korea, Japan, South East Asia, Oceania, Europe, Russia, Turkey, and the Middle East.
Valorant already broke many records and deprived major esports games of their best players. The game first broke Twitch’s single-day hours watch record on April 3, with over 12.2 million hours watched when Riot Games revealed Valorant’s gameplay. A week later, Valorant’s closed beta erased this record to set a new one, with over 34 million hours watched in a single day.
The hype surrounding Valorant also led professional players to leave their favorite games to try and make a career on Valorant. Overwatch lost its 2019 MVP Jay "sinatraa" Won and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive saw many professionals leave the game such as veteran player Ryan “Freakazoid“ Abadir and Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom. Other esports games are not safe from losing their players, as Austin "Morgausse" Etue left Fornite and Brandon “Ace” Winn left Apex Legends, both to play professionally in Valorant.
More information about the Valorant Ignition Series should be revealed soon. The tournaments begin on June 19, 2020 with the European G2 Esports Invitational, presented by Red Bull, and the Rage Valorant Japan Invitational.