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MAJKL win FTW Summer Showdown All-Women Valorant tournament

Published: 14/Sep/2020 4:00 Updated: 14/Sep/2020 4:16

by Calum Patterson


In a collaboration between G FUEL, Nerd Street Gamers, Spectacor Gaming, T1 and Riot Games, the FTW Summer Showdown Valorant Ignition Series tournament will pit the best all-women teams against each other, with $50,000 in prizing up for grabs.

Valorant esports has got off to a flyer already in 2020, as Riot Games has supported third-party tournaments, and some of the biggest organizations in esports are already fielding teams.


The FTW (For The Women) Summer Showdown is giving a chance for the best women’s teams to shine, with eight professional rosters and four amateur teams to secure through a qualifier.

FTW Summer Showdown: Format

The tournament split the 12 teams into two groups, with the top four teams from each group advancing to the Playoffs. The Playoffs put the top eight into a single-elimination bracket to decide the ultimate winner.


Single-elimination means there will be no second chances — lose a match and you’re out!

FTW Ignition Valorant tournament
The best women’s Valorant teams will compete for their share of $50,000.

FTW Summer Showdown: Group Stages

Following the best-of-one Group Stage matches on September 11, here’s how both respective groups finished.

Group A

Position Team Map count Round count
1 MAJKL 5-0 65-8
2 hamboigas 4-1 54-21
3 Dignitas Female 3-2 45-37
4 Hardstuck 2-3 37-52
5 Zenith 1-4 30-53
6 GFuel Krabby Patties 0-5 5-65

Group B

Position Team Map count Round count
1 GX3 5-0 67-40
2 silhouette 4-1 63-41
3 Flawless 3-2 54-39
4 Sailor Scouts 2-3 45-49
5 Chick Fil Ayy 1-4 47-57
6 Bloom 0-5 15-65

FTW Summer Showdown: Playoffs

After an enthralling Group Stage, eight team made it through to the single-elimination Playoffs. The best-of-three bracket can be found below.

Saturday, September 12

Round Match Map 1 Map 2 Map 3
Quarterfinals MAJKL 2 – 0 Sailor Scouts 13-2 13-2
silhouette 0 – 2 Dignitas Female 2-13 7-13
GX3 2 – 0 Hardstuck 13-6 13-3
hamboigas 2 – 0 Flawless 13-0 13-5

Sunday, September 13

Round Match Map 1 Map 2 Map 3
Semifinals MAJKL 2 – 0 Dignitas Female 13-7 13-5
GX3 2 – 0 hamboigas 13-1 13-9
Grand Final MAJKL 2 – 0 GX3 13-3 13-11

FTW Summer Showdown: Final placements

Placing Team Prize money (USD)
1st MAJKL $25,000
2nd GX3 $15,000
3rd hamboigas $7,500
4th Dignitas Female $2,500
5th – 8th Sailor Scouts
9th – 10th Zenith
Chick Fil Ayy
11th – 12th Bloom
GFuel Krabby Patties

FTW Summer Showdown: Stream

The event took place on September 11 to 13, streamed live on the Nerd Street Gamers Twitch Channel.


An all-female Valorant teams qualifier took place on Saturday, September 5 to decide the four amateur teams that would participate alongside the invitees. This event boasted its own $1,000 prize pool as well.

What is FTW?

For The Women is Spectacor Gaming’s initiative to support the growth of women in esports, through competition as well as content. “The whole mission of FTW is to get women together across all sectors of esports to pave the way for the next generation of gamers,” said Spectacor Gaming Communications Manager Kelsey Rowley.

There are also plans to host more FTW tournaments in different games, but Valorant has been chosen as there’s lots of hype around it still. “The hype for Valorant is so big across the entire industry, and it’s such a badass game,” said Paige Funk of Nerd Street Gamers, “I think it’ll showcase some badass female talent.”

Nerd St Gamers came on board to help with the running of FTW’s first esports tournament, the Valorant Summer Showdown, and the event has also secured sponsorship from G FUEL and T1.

And G FUEL isn’t just coming on as a sponsor, as five ambassadors from G FUEL will also be competing. G FUEL’s CEO Cliff Morgan said: “Spectacor Gaming and Nerd Street Gamers have been leading a powerful initiative to elevate women in gaming, and we’re honored to support their efforts as a partner of their first FTW tournament. We’re looking forward to a memorable event and milestone for women gamers.”


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.


As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

Valorant First Strike art
Riot Games
First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
Riot Games
Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.