With the introduction of the new franchised format, Riot Games identified 30 teams as their “partner teams” to help take Valorant esports to its new era.
This year, Valorant presented the new format for the next year. They introduced three new Valorant International Leagues with 10 partnered teams each. With the introduction of the new franchised format, Riot Games identified 30 teams as their “partner teams” to help take Valorant esports to its new era.
It was a competitive process that saw a multitude of international esports organizations applying for a coveted spot. The selection was incredibly grueling as Riot Games made sure that they would be able to pick the best teams. The application included written applications, in-depth interviews, and financial reviews. Riot Games mentioned that competitive performance was not a key factor for consideration. They focused on the organization’s ability to provide the best experience for the fans of Valorant esports.
Riot Games mentioned in the Valorant esports website the top 3 criteria that they considered in picking the final teams:
For teams who did not make the cut, they still have a chance to compete within the Valorant esports ecosystem through the different challenger leagues around the world and the new Ascension tournaments.
Here are the teams that made the cut:
THE AMERICAS – Los Angeles
EMEA – Berlin
Pacific – Seoul
There are notable teams that did not make the cut such as TSM, G2, and Xerxia but they will still have a chance to compete in other challenger leagues next year. Congratulations to all the teams that made the top 10 of their region.
Valorant esports for 2023 is sure to be exciting!