Riot Games admits that Valorant’s popularity in India has led it to consider options to serve its burgeoning player base in country. These comments from the company come in response to IGN India’s report from late April. At the time we stated that Riot was looking to give India a spot in the Valorant Champions Tour and we reached out to Riot for comment regarding this. The company responded with the following statement this week.
“Riot Games is committed to bringing esports opportunities for Valorant players worldwide,”says a Riot spokesperson to IGN India. “At this time we are evaluating how to best serve our community in India who has shown an incredible amount of interest in competing both domestically and on the international stage.”
It will be interesting to see if Riot does indeed go forward with its plans for an India spot on the Valorant Champions Tour. In April, Riot reached out to multiple stakeholders in the local ecosystem to make this possible. How this would take place would also be a concern. At the moment Riot’s India operations consists of two people, relying on local tournament organisers for its events.
The Valorant Champions Tour is Riot’s first official attempt at a global competitive circuit for the popular esports title, focussed on year-long regional competitions that lead up to a Champions event.
In somewhat related Valorant news, it appears that the competitive shooter would be making its way to Android and iOS. Sources at the company tell IGN India that Valorant Mobile as its tentatively named, is on the way with the gaming giant trying to gauge which markets it would work in. Given that the company is looking into which regions Valorant would be a good fit, it suggests that we may be close to an actual announcement.
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