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 some big-name organizations that did not manage to secure a spot in the 2023 VCT partnership for the EMEA and Pacific region:
After a lot of highlight plays and incredible showings in the regional and international stage, many considered FPX as the top EMEA roster from 2022. Sadly the current roster will not play under the FPX brand in 2023 since FPX as an organization did not manage to grab a partnership spot in both the EMEA league or the Pacific league (where the organization itself is based). Reportedly the FPX VALORANT division is ready to answer any offers for its VALORANT lineup ahead of the 2023 competitive season.
The first VCT world champions will not be part of the partnership system for 2023. Acend as an organization rose to the spotlight thanks to its incredible VALORANT roster around 2021, leading to the highly coveted first international trophy in VALORANT’s competitive scene at VCT Champions 2021.
After a rather dominant split in the ever growing Chinese VALORANT competitive scene, EDward Gaming made a good impression at VCT Champions 2022 but sadly are not included in the partnership program for 2023. As a matter of fact, currently there seems to be no Chinese based organizations involved in the partnership system to this date.
One of the well known organizations of the APAC VALORANT scene will not attend the partnered league in 2023. The XERXIA core players were placed under the XERXIA brand in 2021, as before they used to play as X10, and have qualified for all but a single one of the six international VCT competitions held in the last two years of competitive play.
Lastly we have a rather unknown but well managed esports, based in Indonesia, BOOM Esports. They unfortunately will not represent their home country in the Asia/Pacific 2023 league next year. Regional results were a huge part of the teams success in 2022, until unfortunately they were not able to qualify to the playoffs stage in the last and most important event of the year VCT Champions.
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 picks with you once the new season begins!