G2 Esports returns to Valorant with NA Challengers staff

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Berlin-based G2 Esports is returning to Valorant with a North American staff, however not as a partnered Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) staff. The sqaud will compete within the Challengers tier of aggressive play. This degree serves as Riot’s entry level into the aggressive Valorant ecosystem.

Nevertheless, G2’s aim is to grow to be a partnered staff — or at the very least compete within the worldwide league. In 2023, Riot will host the Valorant Ascension event in every of its aggressive areas — Americas, EMEA and Pacific. The timing for Americas has not been introduced, however the EMEA model will happen in July. The highest two groups from every of those tournaments will earn a spot within the partnered leagues for 2 years.

In a press release, Alban Dechelotte, managing director of G2 Esports, confirmed: “We’re coming to North America with the ambition to take the chance that Riot Video games gives us to earn our spot within the Worldwide League by way of the Ascension Match.”

Like many North American organizations, the staff has signed expertise that competed in Counter-Strike: International Offensive. The staff options an skilled core of former Sentinel’s stars ShahZaM and dapr. The duo performed CS:GO or Valorant professionally since 2012 and 2016 respectively. The staff has additionally picked up younger breakout stars — penny, wippie and oxy — from final 12 months’s VCT. British coach and former CS:GO professional participant and coach, Immi, will lead them in 2023.

Final 12 months, G2 Esports was reportedly a shoe-in for a partnership slot within the VCT till the group’s former CEO and founder Carlos ‘ocelote’ Rodríguez posted a video partying with Andrew Tate. This was significantly unhealthy given how a lot the group had invested in Valorant. G2 Esports hosted a serious invitational event in 2021, and their girls’s staff simply gained Valorant Sport Changers.


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The partnership system overhauled the construction of aggressive Valorant. It shifted the ecosystem from open qualifiers to solely partnered groups competing within the highest tier of play. Whereas this stability will look extra enticing to sponsors, Riot solely awarded 30 partnership spots in whole, 10 to every aggressive area. This left a number of groups, similar to G2, and their gamers solely capable of compete within the Challengers tier.

Whereas many groups have chosen to drop their Valorant rosters, G2 advantages from competing within the North American Challengers league. Afterall, G2 Esports needs to broaden its viewers and foothold in North America.

“Within the final six years, now we have seen how supportive G2 followers are for our successes and in addition for our memes in North America. The Valorant enlargement is the continuation of the G2 USA story in Rocket League and Fortnite, and we will’t wait to put in writing this new and profitable chapter,” Dechelotte acknowledged.

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