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Valorant Betting Tips & Live Streams
Valorant, the first-person tactical hero shooter game, was developed and published by Riot Games in 2020.
It's esports scene took almost no time to get up and running - just a few months after the game’s release, Riot announced the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT).
The game and tournament was met with so much popularity that it was nominated for the Best Esports Game, Best Multiplayer, and Best Community Support at The Game Awards 2020.
In February 2021, Riot announced a tournament initiative as part of the VCT called the Game Changers, a platform for Valorant players that are women or from marginalized genders.
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Valorant Live Streaming & How To Watch
You can catch live streams of Valorant games on popular streaming sites. You’ll be able to catch the majors tournaments at betting sites such as bet365, Stake and Pinnacle.
The Valorant Champions Tour is broadcast on all the major platforms. You can watch Valorant esports on:
- The official VALORANT Champions Tour channel on YouTube
- The official VALORANT Esports channel on Twitch
These are English broadcasts, but there are streams with commentary across several other languages, such as Thai, Indonesian, Mandarin, Korean, Russian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Turkish, and more.
These streams can all be found when logging in locally to the VCT Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook channels.
Valorant eSports Structure
In September 2022, Riot announced a new structure for the Valorant Champions Tour. It will now include new international leagues, and the Domestic and Game Changers Leagues have been expanded to include more teams and different regions.
Riot plans to introduce a new in-game competitive mode to “help foster and highlight up-and-coming talent in addition to the standard ranked ladder.” They allow top-ranked teams an opportunity to qualify for their respective domestic leagues.
Three International Leagues will take place as part of VCT 2023. They are LAN tournaments that represent each of the three major regions:
- The Americas League, to be held in Los Angeles
- The EMEA League (Europe, Middle East, Africa), to be held in Berlin
- The Asia-Pacific League, to be held in Seoul
Ten partner teams invited by Riot will contest each league.
The Masters are global LAN events that feature top teams from regions all over the world. There were two Masters tournaments conducted in 2022 with the first taking place in Reykjavík and the other in Copenhagen. These global events will remain in VCT 2023.
The global events feature the top teams from each International League, and the best ones qualify directly for VCT Champions.
In 2021, the top teams from the Challengers League would seed through to the Masters, but with the changed format, the top Challengers teams will have to first compete in the International League to qualify.
Teams that are unable to qualify for VCT Champions through the Masters will still have another shot through competing at the Last Chance Qualifiers. Each of the winning teams will seed through to Champions.
Qualification For Valorant Tournaments
The first event of VCT 2023 is the Champions Tour 2023: LOCK//IN Sao Paulo, featuring 30 teams from the major territories:
- Americas League - Sentinels, 100 Thieves, Cloud9, NRG Esports, Evil Geniuses, FURIA, LOUD, MIBR, KRÜ Esports, Leviatán
- EMEA League - FNATIC, Team Liquid, Team Vitality, Karmine Corp, Team Heretics, Giants Gaming, Natus Vincere, FUT Esports, BBL Esports, KOI
- Pacific League - ZETA DIVISION, DetonatioN Gaming, Gen.G, T1, DRX, Team Secret, Paper Rex, Rex Regum Qeon, Talon Esports, Global Esports
The VCT leagues were rebranded as the Pro and Semi-Pro (formerly Challengers) systems in 2022.
The Challengers league comprises 21 minor regional leagues across the three international territories, and is a chance for smaller teams to qualify for bigger tournaments.
Each of the Challengers Leagues represents one of the three international territories:
Americas (4 minor regions)
- North America
- Latin America North
- Latin America South
EMEA (7 minor regions)
- Northern Europe
- Southern Europe (Spain, Italy and Portugal)
- France & Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
- DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
- Eastern Europe
- MENA (Middle East & North Africa)
Pacific (10 minor regions)
- South Asia
- Malaysia & Singapore
- Hong Kong & Taiwan
The next step for the Challengers teams is the Ascension League. These are tournaments representing each of the three major international territories and will feature the top Challengers teams from each region.
The teams that win each Ascension tournament qualify for the International League from their respective international region.
Best Valorant Teams
Acend became the first team to win the Valorant Championship, beating Gambit Esports in the grand final of the VALORANT Champions 2021.
The next year, LOUD took the mantle from them while Optic Gaming came in as runners-up. Here’s the full list of Masters winners since 2021:
- VCT 2022: Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen - FunPlus Phoenix (winners) and Paper Rex (runners-up)
- VCT 2022: Stage 1 Masters Reykjavík - OpTic Gaming (winners) and LOUD (runners-up)
- VCT 2021: Stage 3 Masters Berlin - Gambit Esports (winners) and Team Envy (runners-up)
- VCT 2021: Stage 2 Masters Reykjavík - Sentinels (winners), and Fnatic (runners-up)
FUT Esports won the inaugural edition of the Valorant Regional League. They took home €50,000, a large chunk of the tournament’s €150,000 prize pool.
The first edition of the VCT Game Changers was held in February 2022 and offered a $500,000 prize pool distributed among eight teams. G2 Gozen became the champions after beating Shopify Rebellion GC in the Grand Final.