When it comes to first-person shooters, the objective is always to be the last one standing, and that applies in the esports world as well. Be it team-based affairs or solo battles, it pays to survive till the end, and for Valorant players, the top of the food chain lies in the Valorant Champions Tour, which will be headed to Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2023.
The largest tournament ever in Valorant Champions Tour history, all teams selected will head to South America for the three-week long competition, beginning in February and ending in early march. The team who places first will earn their league an extra slot at the first international event of the season, Masters.
From there, the first competitive split of the year will begin with weekly LAN competition in EMEA, Pacific, and the Americas. This will be followed by International League matches in the cities of Berlin, Seoul, and Los Angeles. Each location will feature on-site talent providing coverage in multiple languages for fans around the world. This split will begin in March, feature eight weeks of regular-season competition, and crown three league champions in May.
While subsequent seasons will feature two International League splits, 2023 will supplement one split with the international tournament in order to provide teams with adequate time to set up in their respective hub locations as part ofValorant Champions Tour 2023.
“The Valorant community’s passion inspired us to dream big and evolve the Valorant Champions Tour to meet the overwhelming demand we’re seeing in every corner of the world,” said Whalen Rozelle, COO, Esports at Riot Games. “In 2023, we’re taking everything we’ve learned, adding in new ideas and forming partnerships that will help us realize our dreams for the next edition of the VCT.”
This would be followed up by the second international tournament of the year in the form of the Masters, which will return in June and feature the best teams from each international league.
This event will reward top teams from each territory with direct qualification to Champions, the Valorant world final. July will see the return of the Last Chance Qualifiers, where top-performing teams who have not yet qualified for Champions will get one last shot to earn an invitation to the most important event of the season.
Each of the three LCQs will advance one team into Champions, and the VCT season will conclude with Champions in August. Teams will then head to the biggest event of the season where one team will be crowned the Valorant Global Champions.
In addition to the new info on the Valorant Champions Tour 2023, Riot Games also provided more details on the Challenge Circuit. This will take place concurrently with the VCT season, paving the way for teams to qualify for international competitions in the 2024 season. Two Challenger splits will begin in January and conclude with the Ascension tournaments in July. These tournaments will feature the best teams from more than twenty different Challenger leagues competing on LAN for regional pride and promotion into the international leagues.