Teams That Missed Out
It’s a time full of changes for VALORANT around the globe since Riot has officially published its list of partnered teams for the VCT international setting that will start a new era for the game’s competitive scene in 2023. Riot received a lot of applications from organizations in all regions and was able to slim down the candidates to just 30, with 10 placed in the three leagues.
The Americas league includes 100 Thieves, Sentinels, Cloud 9, NRG, Evil Geniuses, FURIA, LOUD, MIBR, KRÜ Esports, and Leviatán. The EMEA league is set up with: Fnatic, Team Vitality, Team Liquid, Karmine Corp, Team Heretics, KOI, Giants, NAVI, FUT Esports, and BBL Esports. Lastly, the Pacific League is shared by: ZETA DIVISION, DetonatioN Gaming, Gen.G, T1, DRX, Team Secret, Paper Rex, Rex Regum Qeon, Talon Esports, and Global Esports.
Here are the big-name organizations that did not achieve a VCT partnership in the Americas:
One of the biggest surprises within this list is OpTic Gaming. OpTic technically had one of the best showings for partnership based solely on having an exciting roster and results achieved by said roster, OpTic’s lineup was the only roster all season that managed to finish top three in all international VALORANT VCT tournaments. One of the biggest brands in esports “The Green Wall” will not be part of the partnership program for next year. Players like Crashies and Victor have already gone into unrestricted free agency after the news broke out.
A stable organization of the Riot Games’ competitive scene, TSM’s omission in the partnership system for 2023 was astonishing to fans. While the VALORANT division of TSM didn’t live up to expectations, as they failed to deliver the same results it had in 2020, there’s no way to miss the size of the brand itself and its commitment to the game as they intend to stick with VALORANT even after not getting into a partnership. TSM was one of the first teams to announce its VCT application, and currently runs both a women’s team and an academy team beside the main lineup.
One of the consistent organizations of VALORANT has been XSET, but they won’t be a part of the partnership program for 2023. Even though XSET is not a huge brand similar to the ones we have mentioned before from North America, they still managed to push through against giants in the competitive scene. Fans and viewers will miss their fiery spirit under the XSET logo.
One of the biggest statements made by Riot Games recently around controversy and its consequences include G2 Esports’ absence from the partnership system. According to multiple sources, Riot Games reversed its decision to include G2 Esports as an Americas region partner, due in part to the controversy with G2 CEO Carlos and his public appearance with controversial figure Andrew Tate.
Ninjas in Pyjamas
NiP is arguably the biggest name out of Brazil not to secure partnership. The European organization decided to get out of the EMEA VALORANT region as a whole and moved its entire team to Brazil, where they found some regional success, including attendance for Masters Reykjavík 2022.
Going into 2023 we will expect a lot of teams to be part of the new VALORANT circuit franchising, with many big name juggernauts in the mix. Make sure to stay tuned in as we’ll be covering all the roster transfers and sharing our esports odds with you once the new season begins!