Valorant to host First Strike event to crown first world champion

Riot Games has announced First Strike, a series of regional tournaments that will determine a regional champion, then pit those teams against each other to crown a world champion.

First Strike is the first tournament that is organized and funded solely by Riot games. Whalen Rozelle, Senior Director of Global Esports at Riot Games explained the tournament layout in a video posted to Twitter. 

“This extended event will provide the first opportunity for players in North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and other places around the world to earn the title of Valorant champion in their region.”

Starting in October third-party organizers will host tournaments in each of the regions participating. No official events have been attached to the series as of yet.

Valorant First Strike will run from December 3 to 6.

This format allows for both established teams and amateur squads to compete and showcase their skills. The series is similar to the one currently being used in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which is using a series of regional events to determine participants for the next major.

Players who are 16 years old and above and have reached Immortal 1 will be eligible to compete in the qualifiers, but more details on rules and policies will be released at a later date. 

Valorant esports continue to grow with world championship

The Valorant team suggested that more changes to the game will come because of the new tournament, which includes improved observer features that have been requested by tournament organizers. A number of patches have already provided more support for esports production and balance changes in the game are fairly frequent. 

Valorant has quickly grown as an esport, and many organizations have hosted their own tournaments that have been sponsored by Valorant. Many teams have been formed in these tournaments and pro players have flocked to the esport from games such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, and Overwatch. 

This announcement comes after a very successful Ignition Series, which saw a slew of tournaments hosted by tournament organizers who partnered with Riot and put forth over 25 different events around the world. 

Visual Stories around the web

Riot announces new pro Valorant Champions Tour set for 2021

Jessica Scharnagle

24/Nov/20 06:35

Riot Games has announced that its newest competition will kick off in early 2021 and will be called the Valorant Champions Tour. The competition is a season-long global tournament featuring...

Riot announces new TFT: Galaxies Championship esports competition

Melany Moncav

14/Apr/20 17:15

Riot Games has announced the Teamfight Tactics: Galaxies Championship, the first global competition for the title, with a $200,000 prize pool. Riot is ready to launch the competitive scene for TFT...

Apex Invitational in Krakow offers $500,000 to competing teams

No dedicated page for this category

Jagoda Gaworczyk

30/Aug/19 20:40

After a successful turnout and strong viewership at X Games’ EXP Apex Invitational, Respawn Entertainment has announced that its Apex Legends team is back hosting the Apex Legends Preseason...

LCS Scouting Grounds Circuit arrives, partnering Riot and FACEIT

Melany Moncav

13/Jun/19 00:00

Competitive gaming platform FACEIT and Riot Games have announced their partnering for the 2019 LCS Scouting Grounds Circuit. Starting in July, registered amateur teams will have a chance to compete...

Final PUBG Classic event of 2019 is announced for Thailand

No dedicated page for this category

Mike Stubbs

24/May/19 22:30

PUBG Corp has announced that MET Events will host the final PUBG Classic tournament of 2019 in Bangkok. The MET Asia Series: PUBG Classic will take place between July 26 and 28, with 16 teams from...