Following these, the first competitive round of the year will begin in EMEA, the Pacific and the Americas, with weekly matches taking place. The International League matches will take place in three cities: Berlin, Seoul and Los Angeles. In these cities, where actors will showcase their talents, events will be held in many different languages for audiences around the world. This circuit will begin in March and will be an eight-week regular season. Three league champions will be determined in May. There will be two international league circuits in the following seasons, but in 2023 there will be one circuit and one international tournament to give teams enough time to prepare.
Whalen Rozelle, Chief Operating Officer of Esports at Riot Games, said, “The VALORANT community’s passion for the game has allowed us to dream big and take the VALORANT Champions Tour to the next level to meet the huge demand we can see in every corner of the world. In 2023, we blend everything we learn with new ideas and build partnerships that will enable us to realize our dreams in the next version of VCT.”
The Masters, the second international tournament of the year, will return in June with the best teams from each international league. This event will give the best teams from each region the right to go directly to the VALORANT world final, Champions. In July, the Last Chance Qualifiers will return, giving another qualification to high-performing teams that have not yet qualified for Champions. One team out of every three SSHEs will qualify for Champions. The VCT season will conclude with Champions in August. In this season, which is full of changes and new events, it is clear what the task is. Grabbing the Champions Cup and making history for yourself. In the biggest event of the season, the teams will fight fiercely for the title of VALORANT champion.
Riot Games also shared new details of the Challenger Circuit, which will run simultaneously with the VCT season. This tournament will enable ambitious teams to participate in international competition in the 2024 season. Two Challenger rounds will kick off in January and culminate in the Ascension tournaments in July. These tournaments will host the challenge of the best teams from twenty different Challenger leagues.