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Riot outlining Valorant's esports ecosystem after overwhelming interest

Published: 21:04, 18 April 2020
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Riot Games have already started outlining the plans for Valorant's esports ecosystem and while it may seem too early, the company says the interest is overwhelming.

Of course, the interest shouldn't be surprising considering Riot Games' track record with League of Legends.

"We have massive dreams for what this game can be as an esport, and we’re excited to embark on this long esports journey with our players. Our primary focus early on will be forming partnerships with players, content creators, tournament organizers, and developers – unlocking them to help us to build the Valorant ecosystem", wrote Riot's senior director of global esports Whalen ‘Magus’ Rozelle.

Built for competitive integrity, accessibility and authenticity, Valorant's esports structure will feature three tiers of competition. The highest tier is, of course, reserved for major names like DreamHack and ESL, while the two lower tiers will cover $10,000 and $,50,000 tournaments. 

The company claims Valorant's esports scene will be a perfect place for aspiring professionals, and they've already started consultations with a number of professional organisations, although no names were given. 

Riot will have ample time for arrangements though, as the game is still the priority, but there's no doubt the early signs are good. Viewing numbers are through the roof and there shouldn't be a shortage of competitors either, which normally bodes well for any esports aspirations. 

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In related news, Riot Games had to publicly defend Valorant's anti-cheat system Vanguard, after allegations that it's malicious in nature. And they really put their money where their mouth is,  posting a bug bounty on HackerOne that will award anyone who manages something malicious with a fat sum of money .

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