- 100 Thieves will host a Valorant tournament with some of the “biggest content creators in the world”
- The event will take place on Tuesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. PM
- Valorant will explore its esports potential in full, game developers say, but following a measured, “organic” pace
Valorant is still in closed beta. Yet, 100 Thieves has decided to push ahead with an exclusive, invites-only tournament that will feature content creators as captains.
100 Thieves Host Valorant Content Creator Tournament
Esports organization and lifestyle brand 100 Thieves has a content creator tournament in Riot Game’s latest fantasy shooter game, Valorant, the official Twitter of the company revealed.
100 Thieves published the news on Thursday, April 9. The event will reunited some of the “biggest creators in the world,” and take place on Tuesday, April 14.
100 Thieves Invitational: VALORANT.
8 teams captained by some of the biggest creators in the world.
Tag who you want to see in the tournament. 👇 pic.twitter.com/NoaSLyd59H
— 100 Thieves (@100Thieves) April 10, 2020
Each creator will stand a chance to step in as captain of one of the eight teams rallying some famous gamers and personalities. 100 Thieves is tied to rapper Drake and SB Projects founder Scooter Braun.
Constantly looking for a good branding opportunity, 100 Thieves has been correct to pick Valorant. The game, which draws from established games in the space, such as Overwatch and Apex Legends, has quickly set new Twitch streaming records within its first week of closed beta.
Even though access to the game has been limited, Twitch has reported 34 million hours watched and 1.7 million concurrent viewers tuning in to watch the game. With the release date still under wraps, Valorant is tipped to arrive for mass play at some point in summer.
100 Thieves has already run at least one tournament with the $100 Warzone From Home tournament based on Call of Duty Warzone held in March.
Valorant to Focus on Organic Growth
In an interview with ESPN Esports, Valorant developers Anna Donlon and Joe Ziegler have talked about how the game would establish its esports legacy.
The good news is that both Ziegler and Donlon want Valoran to be an esports, and a “really big one” at that. However, both are determined to oversee this development in a manner that allows organic growth. The game will be “a little more grassroots,” the devs say.
In many ways the developers are following in the footsteps of established formulas. Games as Fortnite, Overwatch and even League of Legends show an easy way to adapt to their respective gameplay.
Ziegler explained that esports can be also a challenge in themselves, with many players probably trying to go professional. The game creators would want to create sufficient opportunities to make this a reality.
Judging by Riot Games well-developed competitive grid for League of Legends, bringing Valorant up to speed won’t be an issue..