Just a couple of days after the VCT Game Changers event finished back on November 24th, Riot Games has already made a lot of changes for the Game Changers competitive format. Their main focus being to bring new and plentiful opportunities to marginalized sectors of our gaming ecosystem.
The Game Changers circuit in the EMEA region will be divided into several steps to hopefully create a path that better adapts to the different levels of competitive play available, according to Riot.
Today we are going to take a look at all the changes and the overall brand new VCT Game Changers EMEA 2023 format.
The base step of the 2023 Game Changers EMEA competition looks to create a safe space in which all players can have a consistent way of practicing and learning in a fully competitive environment. Through a newly created Discord community called Emergents, VALORANT players will have the possibility to participate in in-house events and tournaments that will also have a complete leaderboard and rewards system in place.
In tandem with the Emergents community Discord, there will be a VCT Game Changers EMEA “Academy”. The Academy’s objective is to provide players with constant educational content from well known players or staff from the VALORANT scene, giving the community a space to learn about not only the “professional player” career but about all other key pieces that surround the VALORANT competitive scene.
A brand new event to the Game Changers EMEA circuit will be the Contenders series, a planned selection of regional competitions where the best teams will be able to advance to the next step of the VALORANT competitive scene. In order to be sure that everyone will have a chance at greatness, each Contenders series tournament will also start with an open qualifier.
After the Contenders series is done and dusted, the best teams will be able to advance into the main Game Changers league, where the best 4 teams of the previous year will wait patiently to play against new opposition.
If we take into account VCT Game Changers EMEA Series 3 as the last event of the region in 2022, the top 4 squads automatically qualified for the main league in 2023 should be Guild X, G2 Gozen, NAVI Celestials, and TENSTAR Nova. Composed of 16 total teams, 12 who will come from the Contenders series, the main league will see the best of the best from the EMEA region come to fruition in this new format.
Set to start in 2023, VALORANT players in the EMEA region will have a path towards greatness on the Game Changers circuit, with the final test being the reigning 4 looking to keep their spot at the top.
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