Riot Games has announced this Tuesday the creation of VCT Game Changers: a new program designed to supplement the competitive season of VALORANT, providing new opportunities for women and non-binary genders within its esports scene.
In its announcement, Riot has pointed at this initiative as part of its goals for a more diverse and inclusive competitive environment, reflecting the overall global and genderless reach of VALORANT.
Game Changers will integrate into Riot’s main competitive circuit – the VALORANT Champions Tour – through its two core initiatives: the VCT Game Changers Series and the VCT Game Changers Academy.
The Game Changers Series will take place across multiple regions in 2021, replicating the scale of previous Ignition events. These events will feature large prize-pools and a high competitive ceiling, with the first one taking place in North America towards the end of March.
Riot will partner once again with GALORANT, one of the largest communities inside the game, to create monthly events through the VCT Game Changers Academy, more directed towards grass-roots and semi-professional competition.
In addition to these contributions, Riot has been most recently dedicating a considerable effort to improving the in-game experience of these players, updating VALORANT with improvements to its chat system, pushing heavy penalties for AFK players and cracking down on griefers.
While the VALORANT esports scene has already seen some female and mixed-gender rosters perform in the upper echelons of competition, Riot allowed esports organisations to field a female roster in addition to their male lineups, this move will boost even more the surge of new talents into the spotlight.
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