Riot Games announces India Closed Qualifiers for ‘Convergence’; onboards Lenovo as the Title Sponsor for the tournament – ‘Convergence’ by Riot Games in partnership with The Esports Club, is all set to showcase India’s esports prowess as the company today announced its plans to host an India Closed Qualifiers into the upcoming tournament. Joining forces with Lenovo as the Title Sponsor for its first-ever international VALORANT esports tournament in India, Riot Games is committed to promoting local teams in the tournament scheduled between 14th to 17th December 2023 at the Manpho Convention Center in Bangalore.
The India Closed Qualifiers will witness Indian VALORANT teams earn a chance to compete with some of the best professional VALORANT teams from Riot’s International Leagues from across the Pacific, EMEA, and Americas. Scheduled to begin on 2nd December, the closed qualifiers will invite the top six professional VALORANT teams from India to battle it out and secure a spot in the main tournament.
The six teams will follow a Double-elimination format to select the home team that will join the Convergence main event. The upper bracket and lower bracket finals, as well as a grand finale of the qualifiers, will be streamed on The Esports Club’s YouTube Channel, starting from 2nd December. All teams have secured their invitation to the qualifiers based on their performance in the Indian domestic season in 2023.
Sukamal Pegu, Esports Lead, India & South Asia, Riot Games, said, “We are super excited to announce that the India Closed Qualifiers gives top local teams a great platform to showcase skills and play against some of the best professional VALORANT teams in the world. The goal behind Convergence is to grow esports talent in India and the qualifiers are a testament to the hyperlocal opportunities we are creating for our VALORANT community in the region.”
“Lenovo India has been championing esports as a dedicated way to reach out to gaming audiences, and with VALORANT being a popular title that’s well enjoyed across India we have been engaging with the title during various online and offline events. With our portfolio of great gaming products on Legion and LOQ, we feel it’s a great way for Lenovo to be seen and experienced by relevant younger TG who we believe will be glad that we are able to bring a great esports event to India” said Chandrika Jain, Director – Marketing, Lenovo India.
The main Convergence event starting from 14th December will be broadcast live in English on Riot’s Pacific Channels and in Hindi on Riot’s South Asia channels. The Esports Club will also carry the broadcasts on their channels.
Bolstering the gaming culture in India, Riot Games has been actively involved in fostering community engagement and enhancing the player experience with multiple initiatives over the past year. Recently, Riot Games celebrated the one-year anniversary of VALORANT’s first-ever Indian agent Harbor by conducting a beach clean-up with the Indian gaming community and also commemorated the third anniversary of VALORANT in India with BHARAT VALORANT celebrations.
The gaming community can witness the live action of the upcoming Convergence tournament through free and paid ticket options. Stay tuned for further details on ticketing set to be revealed in the coming weeks.