Riot Games will also be investing in several country-based Valorant leagues, starting in Europe.
Riot Games has shared initial details of the upcoming season of its 2022 Valorant Champions Tour, the esports circuit for its FPS game. The game developer has announced that a “new tournament circuit” will happen in October 2022 and the Valorant Challengers circuit will also be revamped for 2022. Moreover, a Valorant Game Changers LAN tournament will also be held next year in November and December.
As per Riot Games, the Challengers circuit will be played with a new format with multiple splits. Each split will feature an open qualifier after which a ‘league-style’ play will be played and will culminate in a tournament whose winners will move forward to the competition’s next level.
Riot Games will also be investing in several country-based Valorant leagues, starting in Europe. Whalen Rozelle, Head of Global Operations for Riot Games says such leagues will offer “opportunities for aspiring pros.” Rozelle also said the company saw huge success with country-based leagues in League of Legends.
“In 2022 The Valorant Champions Tour will begin with Challenger stage one in February. Top performing teams will qualify for the first international Masters event taking place in April. The second stage of Challengers will kick off in May and conclude in July with the second Masters,” Rozelle further explained. “LCQ’s (Last Chance Qualifiers) will return once again in August and the season will conclude with Champions in September.”
The company is reserving the last quarter of next year for the new tournament circuit and the new Global Game Changers event. Riot has also that it has plans to rope in third-party tournament organizers to create the new circuit that will be held in the off-season.
Riot Games has also started teasing the game’s seventeenth agent – Chamber. The company also dropped a music video titled ‘Year One Anthem’ during Valorant’s one-year anniversary celebrations. That new face in the video belongs to Chamber that was originally referred to as ‘Deadeye’ – the codename uncovered by data miners. The new agent has been described as a “well dressed and well armed” French weapons designer.