With so many changes to the Valorant esports ecosystem between now and next year, here’s everything you need to know about it.
As Valorant esports is about to close its biggest tournament of the year in 2022, Championsand the franchise looming on the horizon, Riot Games has finally revealed what fans and teams can expect for the 2023 schedule.
If you’re not aware of the plans for next year, the short version is that three international leagues will be created, with 30 teams selected by Riot Games to become “partners” in the future. No team has been confirmed at this time.
There’s a lot to sink your teeth into, so let’s dive into everything you need to know about Valorant esports in 2023.
Valorant Esports 2023 – Schedule
The season will begin in February with an inaugural tournament to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, with the 30 partner teams. The winner of the event will win the league that represents an additional place for the Masters.
The rest of the calendar is separated into the international and Challengers calendar and is as follows:
- February 14 – March 5: Launch tournament
- March 16 – May 28: International League Division
- June: Valiant Masters 2023
- July: Last Chance Qualifiers
- August: Valiant champions
Calendar of challengers
- January March: Challengers Split 1
- March May: Challengers Split 2
- July: Ascension Tournament
The international side of things might seem familiar to most, with the only new event being the league split. This is where each international league will have its series of matches to determine the best teams in the region and who will qualify for the Masters and Champions. There will be a total of three leagues:
- VCT Americas: North America, Latin America, Brazil
- VCT EMEA: Europe, Middle East, Africa
- Pacific VCT: Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan, Oceania
The splits will be played as offline events, with Los Angeles, Berlin and Seoul selected as locations for 2023.
The interesting thing for the Challengers side is that the Ascension tournaments will grant promotion to the three major international leagues, albeit only for two years. In total, over the next few years and until 2028, we will see 12 new organizations in addition to those partners participating in these events.
That’s all you need to know for now! Once more information is revealed, we’ll be sure to keep you posted!
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