Riot Games has announced the plans for the 2021 Valorant Champions Tour. Set to be a season-long event, this tournament will take the 5v5 shooter and create a series of global competitions, where a singular global victor will be crowned at the end of the year.
Designed to feature three tiers of competitions, the 2021 Valorant Champions Tour will be split between the Challengers, Masters and Champions tier. Teams will start by competing in regional Challengers events, before moving up to the international Masters tournaments, which will allow qualification for the Champions event, where a winner will be crowned. While the lower tier events will feature various numbers of teams, the Champions tournament will bring together only the top-16 teams across the globe.
"The Champions Tour is our next step to grow VALORANT into a global esport worthy of the passion of our fans," said Whalen Rozelle, Senior Director of Esports at Riot Games. "We've spent a couple of years now talking to players, teams, fans, prospective partners, and other stakeholders, and we're extremely excited to launch our first official season. Our focus will be on elevating and showcasing the creative and talented players who are shaping this game across the globe. Fans and players both wanted high stakes competition, and that's what the VALORANT Champions Tour is designed to do."
To ensure the event runs better than ever, Red Bull and Secretlab have both signed on as partners already. More partners however, are expected to be announced over the course of 2021.
Check out the picture below to see how the 2021 Valorant Champions Tour will be structured.