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Riot Games officially launches VCT Pacific 2023, holds kickoff night in the Philippines
MANILA – Riot Games has officially launched the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Pacific League 2023 with a kickoff event at The Podium Hall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
Drawing hundreds from the Filipino VALORANT community, it was mainly a premiere for the VCT Pacific championship leg, which will start on March 25 and run until May 28, 2023, in Seoul, South Korea.
The launch marks Riot Games’ thrust to strengthen its presence in the Philippines and Asia Pacific region. Riot has significantly grown and expanded from SEA to APAC by folding in Japan, South Asia, and India.
Joel Guzman, Country Manager of Riot Games Philippines, said: “The Filipino community is one of the biggest and most passionate VALORANT communities in the region. The start of this new competitive league in the Philippines is a natural step for our continued expansion in APAC, having already established a strong and growing presence in the region. We are committed to creating hyper-local experiences in the region, tailored to meet the needs of their passionate VALORANT players.”
The VCT Pacific tournament promises to be a thrilling event as fans express their warm support to the Philippines squad, Team Secret, which is currently in Seoul preparing for the world stage.
The team will field Jessie Cristy “JessieVash” Cuyco, Jayvee “DubsteP” Paguirigan, Jim “BORKUM” Timbreza, Jeremy “Jremy” Cabrera, and Adrian “invy” Reyes, along with Singaporean reserve Lionel “lenne” Lim You Xiang and American coach Evan “Warbirds” Orzem.
Team Secret proved to be the one to look out for after they displayed a monumental upset against Netherland’s Team Liquid, 2-0, in the VCT LOCK//IN tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil last February.
Other teams competing for the first-ever VCT Pacific title and prize pool of USD 250,000 include Indonesian squad Rex Regum Qeon, with two Pinoys in their roster, DetonatioN FocusMe, DRX, Gen.G, Global Esports, RRQ, T1, Talon Esports, and ZETA DIVISION.
According to the esports information website Liquipedia, Filipinos make up 14 percent (7) of the competition’s player base, third in line next to Japan (8) and hosts South Korea (18).
VCT Pacific is one of the three international leagues in the new VCT structure, aimed at providing a new method for teams to qualify for premier-level global tournaments.
The league will commence with an eight-week League Play that will utilize a best-of-three, single round-robin format. Six qualifying teams will move forward to Playoffs where they will fight through double elimination rounds in a best-of-three format. Semi and grand finals will be played in a best-of-five format.
The top three teams from VCT Pacific will qualify for VCT Masters in June where they will meet the best teams from other international leagues in the Americas and EMEA, and will also qualify for VCT Champions in August where they will have a chance to fight for the title of VALORANT World Champion.
ABOUT RIOT GAMES
Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world. In 2009, Riot released its debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim. League has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports.
As League enters its second decade, Riot continues to evolve the game while delivering new experiences to players with Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and multiple work-in-progress titles. Riot is also building the world of Runeterra through multimedia projects across music, comic books, board games, and the upcoming animated series Arcane.
Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, and led by CEO Nicolo Laurent, Riot is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 2,500+ Rioters.
VALORANT is a competitive 5v5 character-based tactical shooter for the PC developed by Riot Games. VALORANT is a precise and lethal multiplayer game with high-fidelity gunplay, a diverse arsenal of guns, agents with unique abilities, and competitively tuned maps for thousands of hours of play.
VALORANT is a free-to-play game optimized to perform on a wide variety of PC hardware, allowing for a global audience to compete. Demonstrated by the game’s best-in-class game server quality, global infrastructure, and proprietary anti-cheat technology, Riot Games is committed to preserving the core tenets of the tactical shooter genre and upholding the competitive integrity of the gameplay experience.
VCT PACIFIC FORMAT:
The VCT Pacific tournament will begin with 10 teams competing in single-round-robin, League Play. Matches will be played in a best-of-three format. This stage will take place over a period of 8 weeks.
6 teams will qualify from League Play and move forward to Playoffs where they will fight through double elimination rounds in a best-of-three format. Semi and grand finals will be played in a best-of-five format.
The 3 top teams from the Pacific league will qualify for Masters in June where they will meet the best teams from other international leagues in the Americas and EMEA. VCT Pacific champion will win a USD 250,000 total prize pool.
These top teams will also qualify for Champions in August where they will have a chance to fight for the title of VALORANT world champion. Other Pacific teams will have one more chance to fight for a slot at Champions through the VCT Pacific Last Chance Qualifiers in July.***
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