Riot intends to create a partnership structure for VALORANT in 2023- Riot Games has revealed that a partnership system would be added to VALORANT next year. Since the start of the VALORANT Champions Tour in 2021, Riot has run a pseudo-open circuit in the game’s professional sector. Beginning in 2023, the new VALORANT circuit will be operational.
In contrast to the conventional buy-in structure seen in the franchised Overwatch League and League Championship Series, the model will bring a stipend system, in which Riot would provide select teams with financial support to form a relationship with the firm. These teams will next fight against teams from all around the world in their separate international LAN events.
Riot intends to create a partnership structure for VALORANT in 2023
Riot will sponsor three international leagues in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, in which teams will compete for a position in global tournaments like Masters and Champions. If all health and safety requirements are completed, the leagues will be held on LAN with live audiences.
Teams from North America, Latin America, and Brazil will compete in the first league. The second will involve teams from Europe, Russia, Turkey, and the Middle East, and North Africa. Teams from Southeast Asia, Korea, and Oceania will compete in the final league. Teams that work with Riot on international leagues will be able to cooperate on esports-branded content in VALORANT exclusively.
Riot will choose teams through an application process that will start this year. The Riot claimed that candidates will be chosen based on their “track record of creating amazing esports experiences, cultivating players, and can meaningfully contribute to the long-term success of VALORANT esports.” Riot has not stated whether or not these leagues would feature a relegation system.
Tournament Mode and Domestic League
Riot will continue to organize domestic contests, similar to the VALORANT Regional Leagues that were introduced earlier this year across European territories.
These leagues will be combined with a new in-game tournament mode, in which users can organize teams to compete in domestic leagues. The tournament mode will be available to all VALORANT players via the client and will serve as a supplement to the existing leaderboard.
Game Changers and third-party tournaments
Because the primary VALORANT circuit will run from the beginning of the year until Champions, which is expected to end towards the end of September, clubs will have a dedicated offseason for many months to rebuild their rosters.
Third-party tournaments will be allowed to enter this window, which will be similar to the smaller open tournaments that are popular in North America. Next year, the specialized female VALORANT league Game Changers will have a Championship event, similar to this year.