Sources: VALORANT partner leagues will begin in February 2023, and teams will receive a minimum stipend of $600,000

Sources: VALORANT partner leagues will begin in February 2023, and teams will receive a minimum stip ...

Dot Esports reports that the three first international VALORANT leagues would begin in mid-February 2023 and conclude in September 2023. Additionally, teams in the leagues will receive stipends of at least $600,000, according to multiple sources.

Several businesses in various states have completed their last interviews with Riot Games on the partnership program next year, while others are waiting to close their discussions this week. According to multiple sources, Riot has been strict on the deliverables of each organization, including finances and content output. Both of which are extremely important to the company.

According to various sources, teams will be notified by mid-September whether they have secured a spot in the international leagues. After that point, organizations will have to sign new players in the designated transfer window period from October to February, when the season will begin.

Riot Games will award a $300,000 base payment to teams who complete all content deliverables, as well as a further $400,000 depending on whether or not teams complete other content deliverables, according to multiple sources. This would make the total amount of money around $1 million for teams that complete all deliverables set by Riot.

The stipend isn't $1.5 million, and I'll be surprised if any team receives that amount. It's around 300k base + 300k teams skins/sales BUT there's an additional 400k for deliverables (if teams exceed expectations) so it's NOT guaranteed they will receive $1 million.

According to sources, the shortlisted teams in North America include OpTic Gaming, 100 Thieves, Sentinels, Evil Geniuses, TSM, The Guard, Cloud9, and Version1. Most teams have completed their final rounds and are awaiting Riots' final decision to reduce the list to six to eight teams.

In the Americas League, these teams will compete against Brazilian and Latin American teams, which will have ten teams in total. As previously reported by Dot Esports, the EMEA and APAC international leagues will have the same number of players.

According to several sources, the Asia-Pacific league will be held in Seoul, where teams from the region will have to relocate to compete. Meanwhile, the European league will likely be held in Berlin, and the Americas league will be held in Los Angeles.