Valorant Champions Tour’s most anticipated clash between Europe and the North American region managed to top around 75,000 viewers.
Thousands of fans tuned in to watch tournament favorite Team Liquid go up against the dark horses of North America Version1. The overall Valorant category recorded a peak of almost 75,000 viewers during the first showdown between EU and NA, according to Esports Charts.
The first LAN event of Valorant since the game’s release was expected to make and break several records. Riot’s shooter has been making strides in the first-person shooter category, snapping a large chunk of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s North American professional scene. However, the response to VCT’s Team Liquid versus Version1 game was shocking for many.
Europe versus North America storyline has kept the fans hooked with the scene who can’t stop comparing the meta style of two regions. The constant race between NA and EU had created tons of hype around the first showdown between the regions, which was Team Liquid vs Version1. The game on the third day set a new record for Valorant tournaments by garnering 750K viewers across all streams.
The game featured star player Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom, and fans were thrilled to see him in action on his home turf LAN for the first time since he made the big switch. Team Liquid already had all eyes set on its roster, and a matchup against the North American team added a boost to the game.
Sentinels vs Fnatic was the second match between the two regions, and it managed to draw in 72,000 viewers on Twitch. VCT co-streams played a crucial role in contributing to overall numbers. The official channel for Valorant swayed between 120-140K viewers. However, Valorant streamer and former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive professional player Michael “shroud” Grzesiek had over 200K viewers on his VCT watch party.
While Sentinels vs Fnatic was expected to garner more numbers, Team Liquid’s tight-knit game against Version1 piqued fans’ interest. Both the teams locked horns on three maps and dragged the series to overtime in an intense matchup. The game ended in Version1’s favor, proving tons of Valorant pundits wrong. Conversely, Fnatic vs Sentinels was comparatively one-sided, with the Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan-led roster wrapping up the game in a clean 2-0.
Team Liquid has now moved to the lower bracket and will be competing against KRU esports to continue their journey in VCT Masters 2. Fnatic is set for a matchup against X10 Esports on May 27th.