VALORANT: RIOT COMMENTS ON ESPORT PLANS FOR THE FIRST TIMEPosted by Valorant April 16, 2020 in
For the first time, the developers of VALORANT express themselves more precisely on the subject of esports. The new concept is very different from the Riot monopoly known from League of Legends.
A new statement on Esport’s plans has been released on the VALORANT official website . There, the Director of Esports Whalen “Magus” Rozelle addresses the community of the young tactical FPS.
First things first: The developers themselves want to take a distant view of the development of the game in the esport segment. The first tournaments are to be organized by the community. Unusual words from Riot Games. LoL has made them known for wanting to pull all the strings themselves.
We know VALORANT has the makings of a global esport, but want to make sure we're building it right – and together.@RiotMagus talks first steps toward building the VALORANT esports ecosystem and our community tournament support: https://t.co/2b9Wk4zPNj pic.twitter.com/WGICR4XJsT
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) April 15, 2020
Natural development should be in the foreground
So while Riot “first looks for partnerships with players, content creators and tournament organizers”, everyone else can already organize tournaments. But Riot wants to have a little word with larger organizations. To be able to delimit this precisely, they have divided non-riot tournaments into three categories:
- Small tournaments – up to $ 10,000 in prize money and organized by players or community members. Are mainly organized for fun and competitive thinking.
Here Riot gives you a free hand.
- Medium-sized tournaments – up to $ 50,000 in prize money and organized by smaller companies or esport organizations and brands. Serving the Varan organizers to monetize or publicize their own brand are usually not part of the “VALORANT Global Esports Ecosystem”.
Riot wants to make arrangements with the respective organizers for such tournaments. These differ depending on the size and circumstances of the tournament.
- Major tournaments – tournaments of the largest esports organizations (Riot explicitly mentions ESL, Dreamhack and OGN as an example), the tournaments are monetized and part of the “VALORANT Global Esports Ecosystem”.
Riot also has a say in these tournaments. The requirements are the strictest in tournaments of this type, but the production quality should be enormously high. What exactly the Global Esports Ecosystem is supposed to be is not yet known.
New competition for counter strike and co.
This news is likely to give Valve headache as a developer of CS: GO. VALORANT has eliminated exactly one big problem that Counter-Strike has been plaguing from the start in the search for large sponsors: the ease of advertising.
While terrorists plant bombs in Valves Shooter, there are only attackers and defenders in VALORANT. The bomb is not called a bomb, but a spike. Even the blood splashes that splash out of the opponents when hit can be switched off if necessary.
If the game prevails for a long time, the reactions of the competition will not be long in coming. The esports market for shooters will be very interesting in the next few years. The first large organizations are already forming teams in VALORANT .
"What's gonna keep you playing VALORANT?" ~@BanKsEsports
— Ninjas in Pyjamas at Home🏡🇸🇪 (@NiPGaming) April 15, 2020
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Source : Riot Games