This year, the Valorant Champions Tour’s women’s circuit, branded as ‘VCT Game Changers,’ will expand to Japan. During a recent Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Japan Challengers event, the news of expansion was revealed. The regional circuit will begin in the summer of 2022 and will end in the same year as the other competing areas. Japanese teams will be eligible to play in the first-ever women’s global championship later this year, in addition to the regional circuit. The Game Changers global championship is planned to take place in Q3 2022, around the time of Valorant Champions. VCT Game Changers in Japan
Riot Games had launched this initiative called VCT Game Changers last year. Which will add to the competitive season by providing new chances and exposure for female athletes. Within Valorant esports, it also allows other disadvantaged genders an opportunity. The Valorant community is becoming increasingly large and diversified across the world. We hope to evolve towards a Valorous Champions Tour that is more inclusive and representative of our community through Game Changers.
It is still unknown if the Japanese Game Changers will follow the same structure as the other regions, which all have three tournaments each year. This year’s Game Changers will also include a worldwide Game Changers Championship, which will begin in November but has yet to be scheduled. Fans are excited to see how many women’s teams will sign up for the tournament in terms of the amount. Each tournament in North America has 128 open places, with the best 12 teams advancing to the main event.
Riot Game Planing for Game Changer Academy
Riot Games plans to create the Game Changer Academy Program in addition to their regional growth. Riot Games will host two mentorship programs, one of which will be exclusive to VCT. Coaching and development for aspiring professionals and local talent. Any woman or other marginalized community or individual looking to learn can see these opportunities.