VCC South Asia 2022 to offer 2 slots to APAC Challengers Playoffs at Valorant Champions Tour 2022: Valorant Conquerors Championship is all set to make it's return as a pathway for South Asian teams to VCT 2022 as the registration goes live on 6th January.
Valorant was released on 2nd June, 2020 starting with third party esports eco system as the Ignition series. First Strike was later announced for all the regions in 2020 and then VCT which aimed to set competition at highest level with specific slots to be earned by regional circuits all over the world. However, some regions like South Asia, Middle East and Oceania did not have their own VCT circuit and later had tournaments which would earn them a slot at their respective region's Last Chance Qualifier.
Nodwin Gaming along with Riot Games announced Valorant Conquerors Championship 2022 for South Asian teams to qualify for Valorant Champions Tour 2022.
VCC South Asia offers 2 slots at APAC Playoffs
Sukamal Pegu, the Head of Publishing, India and South Asia at Riot Games in a recent interview said,
“South Asia will be getting two slots each, to both the APAC Challenger Playoffs in 2022. We will have our own South Asia Regional Challengers starting with the VCC for Split 1, and the region will finally be a part of VCT.”
He further added that VCC was an experiment and it fulfilled the criteria of viewership, competitiveness and interest, also Global Esports performance at APAC LCQ put South Asia on the world map.
So VCC this time it's not all about just one slot at the LCQ, South Asia will be getting 2 slots each in APAC Challengers playoffs. Moreover, the APAC region this time around will not just be hosting the SA or the SEA countries. Japan and Oceania will also be getting their slots in the event. However, China and South Korea will have their own qualifiers leading into Master.
VCC 2021 was a successful tournament with many teams registering from the 5 different sub regions alongwith a wild card qualifier which put up incredible viewership and interest of viewers all over Asia.
VCC Grand Finals was the "El-Classico" of South Asian Valorant were Global Esports defeated Velocity Gaming 3-2 in a hard fought battle which was one of the most incredible series to watch securing them a spot at APAC LCQ where they showed up a decent performance and managed to create an upset defeating one of Korea's best team Damwon Gaming before falling to Paper Rex and F4Q and were placed 7-8th which sure made Riot re-think about South Asia's potential and the opportunities given to them .
Conclusion is South Asia will now have their own official regional circuit like any other regional qualifiers which would earn them a spot at mainstream VCT tournaments of APAC VCT 1, VCT 2 and LCQ.