Riot has introduced a global tier 2 VALORANT Challengers ecosystem with VCT promotion opportunities

Riot has introduced a global tier 2 VALORANT Challengers ecosystem with VCT promotion opportunities ...

Riot Games has finally revealed its vast plans for the VALORANT Champions Tour's tier-two system, which will begin in 2023, which includes a legitimate pathway to tier one.

Challengers will be a global tier-two system that will span the Americas, EMEA, and APAC, with 21 different regional circuits, including circuits for North America, Brazil, Korea, Japan, and other nations during the 2022 season.

The Challengers leagues will begin with open qualifiers and will rank the best teams into two splits of multi-week regular season play, similar to the Challengers events that took place in 2022.

Challengers league teams will be eligible for the following years' international league.

Teams who win Challengers Ascension will be promoted to their respective international league for two years. Promoted teams will receive the same league benefits and have the same opportunity to qualify for international events such as Masters and Champions. After two years, teams will return to their Challengers league and will have to qualify for the international league again through Challengers and Ascension.

Riot is still considering implementing a true path to pro via an in-game competitive system that goes beyond Ranked. Potentially starting in 2024, the top teams that emerge from this prospective system will get a chance to directly qualify from the game into the Challengers leagues, likely in the form of do-or-die relegation matches against the lowest ranked Challengers teams.

In the next weeks, more information on international leagues, global events, and partnered teams will be shared.