Riot Games Southeast Asia has announced its plans for the 2021 VALORANT season.
It has been revealed that tournament organiser The Gaming Company (TGC) will collaborate with the publisher to operate its 2021 esports and collegiate plans in the region.
The two parties will work together to roll out official and collegiate tournaments for Malaysia and Singapore next year. According to a release, the support will range from live broadcast production to the acquisition of sponsorships and partners for tournaments.
Adrian Gaffor, Managing Director of The Gaming Company, spoke on the announcement: “It is truly exciting for TGC to partner up with Riot in their 2021’s initiative. From this partnership, we are looking to elevate the regions’ esports scene with a premier game title that has received amazing assertion. Plans have been made to launch the initiatives in 2021 and we’re looking forward to it.”
Riot Games also announced that TGC will present the VALORANT First Strike: Malaysia and Singapore tournament. The competition will be open to all teams and will see participants compete for a share of the RM 20,000 (£3721) prize pool. The Grand Finals for the tournament will take place in December, however, the exact date has yet to be revealed.
Jamie Goh, Project Lead for VALORANT First Strike: Malaysia and Singapore, also commented: “We have a great partner and an amazing esports game title to close the year 2020. VALORANT enthusiasts are highly encouraged to participate in First Strike to strengthen their skills and gameplay leading to the upcoming tournaments in 2021. We hope to see new emerging talents who will take on the challenge and build a legacy for themselves.”
Esports Insider says: The Gaming Company has plenty of experience when it comes to hosting and operating tournaments in Southeast Asia, making it a solid choice from Riot Games. It’s interesting to see the publisher taking control of VALORANT’s competitive endeavours after originally wanting the scene to grow organically.