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Riot announce Ignition Series – first steps in Valorant’s Esports scene

Riot Games today made its first step into Valorant esports with the announcement of the Ignition Series.

The series will kick off on Friday with the European G2 Esports Invitational, presented by Red Bull, and the RAGE Valorant Japan Invitational.

We aspire to bring the world together in global competition and that means building this together with you. The Ignition Series is our first step: a partnership program with tournament organizers to showcase all forms of competitive Valorant. Learn more: https://t.co/KU4EFY6FLS

— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) June 16, 2020

Future Ignition Series events will be announced for the regions of North America, Brazil, Latin America, Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Europe, Russia, Turkey and the Middle East. Details about additional events will be released by Riot in the coming days.

“We’re thrilled to pull together the best from gaming and esports to deliver a program that will showcase Valorant on a global scale,” ​Whalen Rozelle, senior director of esports at Riot Games, said in a news release. “The Ignition Series will unlock the creative potential of some of our top partners and will help us build an esport from the ground up that is authentic to the Valorant community.”

Each organiser will be responsible for their event through hosting open qualifiers, exhibition matched and invitational competitions including top players, personalities and amateur events.

“We are ready to open the Valorant Ignition Series and continue the success of the G2 EU Brawls in an all-out entertainment-filled invitational,” Carlos Rodriguez, CEO of G2 Esports, said. “Valorant is a fantastic game and Riot has accomplished what many have tried by finding the sweet spot between casual fun and a hardcore competitive experience. Through this Series, the world will see exactly what the Valorant hype is all about.”

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