Announcing the 2021 Valorant Champions Tour
Today we are taking our next step to grow VALORANT into the next great, multi-generational esport with the reveal of the VALORANT Champions Tour. Next year, aspiring pro players from all over the world will have the opportunity to build their stardom through a brand new series that will feature both regional and international competitions.
The Champions Tour is our effort to grow VALORANT into a global esport worthy of your fandom. The expanded competition calendar will provide the framework for stars to rise and teams to make a name for themselves - on both the international and regional stages. Fans will get to see how their local talent stacks up against each other, and then how they measure up on the global stage.
As we were planning the VALORANT Champions tour, we received a lot of great ideas on what you wanted to see in 2021. A calendar of events that was easy to follow. Open, merit based qualifiers where teams earn their place on stage. And breaks for our pros to help avoid burnout. These important ideas helped guide our thinking while we were designing the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour. Alongside our founding partners, Red Bull and Secretlab, we’re thrilled to share our initial plans with you today.
The VALORANT Champions Tour will feature three levels of competition: Challengers, Masters, and Champions. Challengers will focus on regional competition and will be organized both by Riot and top-tier tournament partner operators, some of whom you’ve already seen running Ignition Series events and First Strike qualifiers. Masters events will be larger, taking place only three times a year, and feature teams who represent the best talent from their region. Finally and ultimately, Champions will be the apex of the season, a two-week long tournament with the top 16 teams from around the world in attendance, where one team will be crowned the first VALORANT global Champion. Let's take a closer look.