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Riot Games has revealed the schedule for the Valorant Champions Tour, the first season-long competition in the game’s history, in 2021.

The 5-on-5 competition will be split into three parts. First, teams will compete in regional Challenger events, which will allow them to qualify for Masters tournaments. Teams will then earn points at the Masters events, with the top 16 squads in the world qualifying for the Champions event in the latter half of 2021.

Regional events will feature competitions across six continents, including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.

“The Champions Tour is our next step to grow Valorant into a global esport worthy of the passion of our fans,” Whalen Rozelle, senior director of esports at Riot Games, said. “We’ve spent a couple of years now talking to players, teams, fans, prospective partners and other stakeholders and we’re extremely excited to launch our first official season.”

The start date for the 2021 Valorant Champions tour has not yet been revealed.

Meanwhile, the final eight teams for the Valorant First Strike: North America tournament have been decided. The Final 8 matchups per the official bracket are as follows:

     – Envy vs Immortals
     – Renegades vs Team SoloMid
     – 100 Thieves vs T1
     – Sentinels vs FaZe Clan

Riot Games released a video on Monday previewing the event. The First Strike NA Finals will run Dec. 3-6 on the official Valorant Twitch and YouTube channels.

Elsewhere in the world of competitive gaming:

OVERWATCH League Unveils 2021 Season Structure

The Overwatch League has announced plans for its upcoming 2021 season, including the season’s overall structure and a target starting time. League vp Jon Spector made the announcements via YouTube, which revealed the season will begin “sometime in the spring.” In a format similar to the May Melee, Summer Showdown and Countdown Cup contests of the 2020 Season, the entire 2021 Overwatch League season will be played out via multiple month-long tournaments, with the league’s 20 teams split into two separate regions and gaining points based on performance. The league has not announced the teams for each region nor the specific starting date.

RAINBOW SIX: SIEGE 2021 Invitational Opts For Offline LAN Format

The fifth annual Rainbow Six: Siege Six Invitational will take place in an offline LAN setting, publisher Ubisoft announced on Monday. The event, slated to broadcast from Europe with 20 teams across the world, will follow “strict sanitary safety measures” and not include a live audience. 16 teams will qualify based on position in the global point standings, while the other four will come from open online qualifiers held throughout December. Registration for the open qualifiers begins Dec. 3 and the Six Invitational 2021 is currently scheduled to begin in “late February 2021.”

100 Thieves teams with FORTNITE For Creative Hub Collaboration

Top esports organization and lifestyle brand 100 Thieves, in collaboration with Fortnite, has announced the company’s famous 100 Thieves CashApp Compound will now appear in Fortnite Creative’s Welcome Hub. Players who seek out the compound will find “interactive elements and Easter eggs” relating to the org and its top players, most notably Ashley “BrookeAB” Bond, Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, Rachell “Valkyrae” Hoffstetter and company founder Matthew “NadeShot” Naag. Players can visit the compound now.


Photo courtesy of Riot Games