Indian Valorant community slashes Riot for not including India in 2021 Champions Tour
Riot unveiled the Valorant Champions Tour 2021 which the developer claims is the next big league for Valorant after First Strike. The regions that are eligible to participate in this tour include almost all regions that have a decent presence of Valorant esports.
However, India was not included in the list and the Indian Valorant community was disappointed by this decision taken by Riot. Indian gamers have taken to social media to address their dismay.
Riot receives backlash from the Indian Valorant community
A number of Valorant fans in the country have called out Riot for not recognizing India’s fast growing Valorant scene. The Indian Valorant community claims that India packs more than ten fully paid professional Valorant teams and a number of local tournaments like Skyesports League 2020 and TEC Challenger Valorant Series have a consistent watching of more than 5000. Still the publisher has not recognized India as a prominent region.
Team Mahi (formerly known as Velocity Gaming) which is one of the most prominent organizations of the country also addressed this issue by claiming that India is able to pull a viewership of 1.2M in a Valorant tournament and yet India is still ignored in the Challenger series.
Riot responds by saying that they do have plans for India
Riot has responded regarding the issue being addressed by the community through a tweet on the game’s official Twitter handle for India and South Asia. The response reads:
“We’re thrilled with the response to our launch of VALORANT in India and South Asia and are assessing our plans for next steps on our presence in the region, including esports. Thanks for the love and support.”