- T1 and 100 Thieves will be the first companies to host Valorant tournament
- Riot Game’ first shooter – pristine 5v5 gaming experience
- AZK to join T1’s Valorant team
Korean eSports organization T1 and 100 Thieves will host the first Valorant tournament.
Valorant’s First Tournament: Not Even Two Weeks After Release
On April 10, 2020 T1 announced the team will host a tournament for Riot Games’ first and upcoming shooter – Valorant.
The tournament is due to start in less than a week – around 12 p.m. on April 16. T1’s announcement came a day after 100 Thieves said it would host its own invitation on April 14.
The competition is ready. Are you?
Presenting the T1 Valorant Invitational powered by @nerdstgamers!
— T1 (@T1) April 10, 2020
What is known so far is that the rules for each event are yet to be revealed, but one thing is clear. 100 Thieves’s tournament will include teams that are led by content creators while T1 will be showcasing their own Valorant team for the tournament.
It hasn’t been two weeks since the closed beta release of the game and we have already seen a major move by two of the largest esports organizations in the world. With that said, Riot Games are yet to announce what plans they have for their product. Esports seems to be on the cards, according to developers.
But What Is Valorant?
Riot Games’ closed beta for Valorant released on April 7, 2020. The game is a 5v5 first person shooter. It gently combines bits and pieces from the well-known Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch, making a genuinely new immersive multiplayer experience.
Upon the release of Valorant, the audience on Twitch broke a record in the “single-day hours watched record in a single game category” with some 34 million hours watched. Although this is Riot’s first game in the genre, they are well-known for their iconic League of Legends.
The team is coming together.
— T1 (@T1) April 7, 2020
Besides the tournament, T1 also announced officially that it had signed Keven “AZK” Larivière for Valorant as a streamer and a competitive player.
AZK, who is famous for his former CS:GO career, will be joining his former teammate from iBUYPOWER – Braxton “Brax” Pierce for T1’s tournament. Larivière, currently 29 year old is a Counter Strike veteran ever since CS: SOURCE. Back in 2012 when CS: Global Offensive was just rising, AZK signed with a deal