This year is going to be big and competitive for Valorant. The developer Riot is ready to present an aspiring esports circuit named the Valorant Champions Tour. However, the company wants to make the scene more diversified with a separate competition called VCT Game Changers to “create competitive opportunities for women and marginalized genders within Valorant.”
The program is expected to contain a series of “top tier” competition, still, an academy series designed to look after new talent is necessary.
‘The VCT Game Changers Academy program will host monthly tournaments, giving players even more opportunities to compete at the semi-pro and grassroots level. Academy events will be organized in partnership with GALORANTs, one of the largest communities within Valorant. GALORANTs previously helped organize the “For the Women Summer Showdown” tournament in September 2020. Both the VCT Game Changers Series and Academy will help build the next generation of leaders who aspire to succeed with the competitive Valorant community.”- Riot described
This women’s day Valorant shared a post on Twitter stating “VALORANT is of, by, and for women. That’s a fact. #InternationalWomensDay “
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) March 8, 2021
This isn’t a new phenomenon of including Feminocentric competitions in esports. Yet the scene is largely male-dominated across the biggest games like Overwatch, Fortnite, or League of Legends.
But for a new game that just launched last year, Valorant has made a big step by including a women-centric scene, this fostered a more diverse player base. Truth be told, there are more positive signs like when esports organization Evil Geniuses entered the expert Valorant scene, it did as such with a mixed-gender list.
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) February 27, 2021
“Competing in games as a woman can be a daunting task, oftentimes resulting in a very real competitive disadvantage,” Valorant executive producer Anna Donlon said in a statement. “While we’re addressing this challenge in-game, with improvements to chat, voice communications, and mitigation of griefing, we also see an opportunity to take another step with esports.”