According to multiple sources, the VALORANT teams selected to partner with Riot Games as a tournament organizer and game developer next year would likely be unable to fill academy rosters for lower leagues.
Further information has been recently sent to teams informing them of the requirement, since they might end up playing against the main roster if they qualify for the Challengers and Ascension circuit. The information is subject to change.
According to sources, there might be a rise in the current roster limit, allowing teams to sign several additional players as a trade-off.
According to numerous sources with knowledge of the discussions, the Players Association has attempted to allow organizations to sponsor a roster in the Challengers and Ascension circuits without the teams being directly owned, controlled, and managed by the organization.
Cloud9, who is in the running for a partnership spot in the Americas league, released its academy team in July, according to Dot Esports. These players entered free agency a day later.
The most notable one being TSM. The academy roster has sometimes outperformed the main roster and has been critical to the development of new talent in the region. TSM has joined C9 as one of the few organizations in the final stages of the partnership process, but neither team has been selected at this time.
As reported by Dot Esports on August 12, the partnership leagues are scheduled to begin next year. February 2023 has been slated as the start date.