Riot Video games introduced its plans for Valorant esports in 2023 by revealing that it will likely be transferring in direction of a franchised league system. The Valorant Champions Tour and the worldwide occasions will live on, however Riot may even have a global league that will likely be created by partnerships with numerous esports organizations. Right here is the whole lot we all know concerning the franchised league system in Valorant up to now.
Entry into the Valorant franchised leagues will likely be free and invite-only
Riot Video games that there could be round ten Valorant organizations within the franchised leagues per area and at the moment there are plans for 3 areas (Asia, Americas and Europe). The variety of groups within the leagues is topic to alter however that’s what the writer has deliberate for now.
Not a lot else was revealed by Riot Video games because the announcement of the 2023 format reveal however YouTuber Lembo final week, revealing some “leaked info” concerning the league. Riot Video games is but to formally verify any of the next info and readers ought to take the leaks with a grain of salt.
The partnership system for the Valorant franchised leagues will likely be totally different from the League European Championship (LEC) and the League Championship Collection (LCS) for League of Legends. Valorant organizations will likely be provided four-year contracts to compete within the new franchised league system and on the finish of the contract interval, Riot Video games will determine whether or not to incorporate extra groups or to interchange present groups.
With the system being invite-only and free, there isn’t any “possession” of a spot within the league. Riot Video games could be the only real entity that manages the spots on the franchised leagues. Valorant groups will obtain cash from the league, the quantity that every of the groups will obtain is at the moment unknown since sponsorship offers haven’t but been laid out.
In keeping with a distinct report by George Geddes of Dot Esports, the minimal wage for gamers will likely be $50,000 USD per 12 months in North America and the salaries will likely be comparable in Asia and Europe. The leagues are anticipated to happen in Los Angeles for the Americas area, Seoul for the Asian area, whereas the placement for Europe is but to be decided.
Groups that don’t make it to the franchised league system are anticipated to have a chance to compete in separate leagues and the highest groups in these occasions will get to take part in world occasions that includes each the partnered and non-partnered esports groups within the Valorant scene. Extra particulars concerning the franchised league system will likely be formally accessible as soon as the Valorant Champions involves an finish later this 12 months.
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