In what can only be described as an unorthodox marketing ploy, the new competitive shooter from Riot Games, Valorant is about to receive its first esports tournament this week. On Tuesday and Wednesday, ESPN Esports will host an eight-team event made up of 40 professional players and Twitch personalities live streaming.
ESPN has revealed a partial list of names for its Valorant Invitational, including reigning Rainbow Six Siege World Champion Troy “Canadian” Jaroslawski, Counter-Strike World Champion Tyler “Skadoodle” Latham, and World Cup runner-up. Fortnite world Harrison “Psalm” Chang “.
Since Valorant is still in closed beta, ESPN and tournament organizer Greenlit Content are working closely with Riot Games to ensure those on the roster have access to the unfinished game. This is the first time that a tournament has been organized on a game that has not yet been made public.
The second round of the ESPN Valorant Invitational takes place tonight at 9:30 pm on the ESPN Esports Twitch channel. The network will also broadcast the next round on Wednesday, again at 9:30 pm.