Riot Games revealed today that the VALORANT partnership leagues for next year will include a promotion system that would allow any organization to qualify for the international leagues.
By participating in the revamped Challengers leagues from next year, teams will be able to qualify for the much-coveted international leagues. Organizations will need to qualify for the new promotion tournament, Ascension, which will feature the best VALORANT teams from the regional Challengers leagues.
An organization in the North American region may qualify for the international league in 2024 because the season will begin next year. In order to qualify for the Ascension tournament, other top teams from the Americas region will compete.
In the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions, there will be 21 Challengers leagues, which will begin parallel to the international leagues next year.
The Challengers league will have two rounds of multi-week regular season play, culminating in the Ascension tournaments.
In the Americas region, there will be four leagues: North America, Latin America North, Latin America South, and Brazil. In the EMEA region, there are seven leagues: Northern Europe, Southern Europe, France and Benelux, DACH, Turkey, Eastern Europe, and MENA. Additionally, there will be ten leagues in the APAC region: South Asia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia & Singapore, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipai and Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, and Oceania.
Teams will be promoted for a maximum of two years, then sent back down to Challengers for the next year. That organization will then have to fight through Challengers once more to qualify for the next year of international competition.
Riot will select the ten partnered VALORANT leagues in mid-September.