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Riot Games officially launches VALORANT tournament

Riot Games has officially launched the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) Pacific League 2023. Drawing hundreds from the Filipino VALORANT community, the kickoff event was a premiere for the VCT Pacific championship leg, which is scheduled on March 25-May 28, 2023, in Seoul, South Korea.

“The Filipino community is one of the biggest and most passionate VALORANT communities in the region,” said Joel Guzman, country manager of Riot Games Philippines. “The start of this new competitive league in the Philippines is a natural step for our continued expansion in APAC, having already established a strong and growing presence in the region. We are committed to creating hyper-local experiences in the region, tailored to meet the needs of their passionate VALORANT players.”

The Philippines is to be represented but Team Secret, which is now in Seoul preparing for the tournament.

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The team will field Jessie Cristy “JessieVash” Cuyco, Jayvee “DubsteP” Paguirigan, Jim “BORKUM” Timbreza, Jeremy “Jremy” Cabrera, and Adrian “invy” Reyes, along with Singaporean reserve Lionel “lenne” Lim You Xiang and American coach Evan “Warbirds” Orzem.

Team Secret beat the Netherland’s Team Liquid, 2-0, in the VCT LOCK//IN tournament in Sao Paulo, Brazil last February.

Other teams competing for the first-ever VCT Pacific title and prize pool of $250,000 include Indonesian squad Rex Regum Qeon, with two Pinoys in their roster, DetonatioN FocusMe, DRX, Gen.G, Global Esports, RRQ, T1, Talon Esports, and ZETA DIVISION.

International leagues 

VCT Pacific is one of the three international leagues in the new VCT structure, aimed at providing a new method for teams to qualify for premier-level global tournaments.

The league will commence with an eight-week League Play that will utilize a best-of-three, single round-robin format. Six qualifying teams will move forward to Playoffs where they will fight through double elimination rounds in a best-of-three format. Semi and grand finals will be played in a best-of-five format.

The top three teams from VCT Pacific will qualify for VCT Masters in June where they will meet the best teams from other international leagues in Americas and EMEA, and will also qualify for VCT Champions in August where they will have a chance to fight for the title of VALORANT World Champion.

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