NODWIN GAMING PARTNERS WITH RIOT GAMES TO OPEN DOORS TO LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER FOR VALORANT TEAMS IN INDIA AND SOUTH ASIA: South Asia’s leading esports company NODWIN Gaming and the global leaders in game development and publishing Riot Games have joined forces to roll out the VALORANT Conquerors Championship as the qualifying tournament for the APAC Last Chance Qualifiers as part of the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour. Teams will compete in multiple sub-regional qualifiers for a prize pool of INR 25 Lacs (33,000 USD) in the South Asian leg. Registrations will start from 15 June onwards.
VALORANT’s instant success paved the way for multiple grassroots level tournaments in the region, driving the idea for a robust and inclusive tournament in the form of the VALORANT Champions Tour. With South Asia serving as a rapidly growing hub of VALORANT esports, its fans desired a path to the global esports circuit. The tournament is aimed at providing the much-needed gateway to international representation for the players and teams in the region. NODWIN Gaming will execute the tournament supported by the expertise of Riot Games.
“This is a great opportunity for the entire VALORANT ecosystem in South Asia to catapult itself to stardom. A representation in the Last Chance Qualifier is much deserved looking at the richness of the community and the amount of buzz it has created in the last year. We and our friends at Riot Games have worked together to build this ladder that connects South Asia to the global roadmap of VALORANT esports, that is the VCT 2021. Looking forward to a great competition.,” said Mr Akshat Rathee, MD & Co-Founder, NODWIN Gaming.
“We at Riot Games have been listening to our fanbase in South Asia and the growing demand to include the region in our VCT 2021 roadmap. This is our first step in unlocking esports for the region. We are very impressed with NODWIN Gaming’s portfolio of esports events and their support for VALORANT in the region and we have full confidence in their ability to deliver a world-class VALORANT event for our competitive players here”, said Sukamal Pegu, Publishing Leader, India & South Asia, Riot Games
The tournament will field 6 qualifiers:
- Pakistan & Afghanistan
- Sri Lanka & Maldives
- Nepal & Bhutan
Each qualifier will have a set number of slots filled through registrations followed by the online qualifying matches. Qualifying teams will go through the playoffs to reach the grand finals and the winner will make their way to the APAC Last Chance Qualifier where they will face qualified teams from Southeast Asia, Korea and Japan. The winner of the APAC Last Chance Qualifier will advance to the VALORANT Champions Tour, the global final where a single team will be crowned the 2021 Champion. Detailed information regarding the registration dates, tournament format, and timelines will be revealed and communicated soon.
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About NODWIN Gaming
NODWIN Gaming, South Asia’s leading esports company, is an independent subsidiary of mobile gaming company Nazara Technologies. Formed in 2014, the India based company has since produced over 10,000 hours of gaming content, has been watched by over 200 million+ viewers and organized 100+ gaming and esports events. Through its strategic partnerships with global publishers and partners including ESL, Valve, Krafton, Tencent, Riot and Blizzard, NODWIN Gaming has introduced Indians to some of the best global experiences such as DreamHack, ESL One, The India Premiership, The Umzansi League in Africa, PUBG Mobile esports (PMCO/PMPL/PMWL), The Agni and Jazba series, The Unpause influencer network among others. NODWIN also actively works with media broadcasters on offering Media Rights for its national and global properties for broadcast.
NODWIN Gaming builds and operates its own esports IPs and currently operates in South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
About the VALORANT Champions Tour
After a record-breaking closed beta that saw more than 1.7 million peak concurrent viewers on Twitch, VALORANT quickly established itself as the fastest-growing esport of 2020. To support the competitive scene, Riot Games launched the VALORANT Champions Tour, a year-long, global circuit featuring three levels of competition: Challengers, Masters, and Champions. Teams compete through regional Challengers events, then qualify into international Masters events, with the goal to earn a spot at Champions, a two-week-long tournament where one team is crowned the VALORANT Global Champion. The season-long competition tour will feature competitions in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.