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Valorant Ignition Series: Stream, schedule, format, more

by Andy Williams
Riot Games / Dexerto

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The Valorant Ignition Series is Riot Games' first step in developing a global competitive ecosystem for their FPS. Here's your one-stop-shop for everything you need to know to stay in the loop. 

There is plenty of hype around Valorant as an esport. Despite being in its infancy and not having an esport-specific structure in place, tons of big names from all corners of the esports world flocked to Riot's high fidelity competitive shooter.

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Now that Riot are officially dipping their toes into Valorant esports, fans from all around the world will be keeping an eye to see who will surface as Future Earth's first champion. Below is everything you need to know about the 2020 Ignition Series.

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What is the Valorant Ignition Series?

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Riot Games
Who will be crowned the Ignition Series victors in your region?

The Ignition Series is a Riot-partner program that aims to "build global recognition for top Valorant pros and teams." Having teamed up with over 20 esports event organizers around the world, the Ignition Series will provide players with the opportunity to build their region's footprint in Valorant.

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Speaking in their press release, Whalen 'Magnus' Rozelle (Senior Director of Global Esports at Riot Games) said: "We expect to see a combination of competitive open qualifiers, show matches, and invitationals featuring top players of the game."

With a variety of tournaments on offer, Riot will be supporting Valorant's competitive ecosystem from amateur right through to the professional level.

Valorant Ignition Series: Stream

All matches from the Valorant Ignition Series will be livestreamed directly to the official Valorant Twitch channel. Missed some of the action? Catch-up via the dedicated 'past broadcasts' section on their Twitch channel.

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Valorant Ignition Series: Format

The Ignition Series will consist of small, medium and major tournaments (outlined in Riot's community competition guidelines). Each of these tournaments are expected to work in tandem to support Valorant's global esports ecosystem. A variety of regions will be supported, which include:

  • North America
  • Brazil
  • Latin America
  • Korea
  • Japan
  • South-East Asia
  • Oceania
  • Europe
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • Middle-East

Riot stated that we can "expect the Ignition Series to run through the fall," which will likely align with the first Episode within Valorant, which also aptly shares the same namesake.

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Valorant Ignition Series: Previous events

Results for all previous Ignition Series events can be found below.

G2 Esports Valorant Invitational (Europe, Middle-East & Africa) — June 19-21

Riot Games

"The G2 Esports Valorant Invitational is coming. Eight brave captains will lead their squads into battle, but with a catch! Captains will not know who they're playing with until the day before the tournament. Only one team will stand triumphant and ignite the flames of victory. Who will take home the glory?"

  • Event winners: Team Mixwell (Mixwell, davidp, Fit1nho, CREA, Orb).
  • Event MVP: Draken.
Final Placement Team Name Prize money (USD)
1st Team Mixwell $11,210
2nd Team draken $5,605
3rd Team ANGE1 -
3rd Team Taimou -
5th Team ZeratoR -
5th Team Ex6TenZ -
7th Team arch -
7th Team Izak -

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RAGE Valorant Tourament (Japan) — June 19-21

Riot Games

"Japan's biggest esport event - RAGE - will be hosting the first officially licensed Valorant tournament in Japan under the Valorant Ignition Series brand. The tournament will invite 16 teams with established reputation in gameplay and popularity (like DetonatioN Gaming and JUPITER), and they will be competing for the winner-take-all prize of 500,000 Yen."

  • Event winners: Absolute JUPITER (Laz, crow, barce, takej, Reita, JUNiOR [C]).
Final Placement Team Name Prize money (USD)
1st Absolute JUPITER $4,680
2nd Lag Gaming -
 3rd  BAKEMON  -
 4th  Nora-Rengo  -
 5th-8th  Sengoku Gaming  -
 DetonatioN Gaming  -
 SunSister Rapid  -
 CYCLOPS Athlete Gaming  -
 9th-16th  AKIHABARA ENCOUNT  -
 ROX Gaming  -
 REJECT  -
 Crest Gaming  -
AVALON Gaming -
Crazy Raccoon -
ShinoBee Gaming -
SCARZ -

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T1 x Nerd Street Gamers Valorant Showdown (North America) — June 26-28

Riot Games

"T1 and Nerd Street Gamers are excited to announce the first North American event in Riot’s Valorant Ignition Series on June 26 through June 28: Hosted by the T1 Valorant team and powered by Nerd Street Gamers, the tournament provides the rare opportunity for amateurs and aspiring pro gamers to compete against some of the biggest names in gaming.

"Two play-in qualifier events will take place on June 20 and June 21 where teams will compete to secure one of four open spots in the 16-team Showdown and a shot at securing a piece of the $50K prize pool."

  • Event winners: Team SoloMid (reltuC, hazed, Wardell, Subroza, drone, Tailored [C]).
Final Placement Team Name Prize money (USD)
1st Team SoloMid $25,000
2nd T1 $15,000
 3rd  Immortals  $5,000
 4th FaZe Clan  $5,000
 5th-6th 100 Thieves  -
 Sentinels  -
7th-8th together we are terrific  -
 Gen.G Esports  -
 9th-12th  Cloud9  -
 Spot Up  -
 Code7  -
Mixup  -
13th-16th Prospects -
Charlotte Phoenix -
Team Ninja -
Echo 8 -

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Empire Play North African Invitational (Middle-East & North Africa) — June 26-28

Riot Games

"Get ready for Valorant madness! For the first time, eight of the top North African teams will battle it out during the Empire Play: North Africa Valorant Invitational. Starting on June 26, follow the three days of battle to see who will be the last team standing."

  • Event winners: Divine Vendetta (bramz, M4CHINA, Tarik, Bazy, kubzy).
Final Placement Team Name Prize money (USD)
1st Divine Vendetta $1,000
2nd Viboras $500
 3rd Exalted Esports  $250
 4th Simplicity Gaming  -
5th-8th Eternity Esports  -
Knights of Bizertin Rise  -
Stade Tunisien Esports  -
Wavii Team  -

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GGTech Valorant Invitational (Latin America) — July 2-3

Riot Games

"The GGTech Valorant Invitational will feature the top teams from Latin America. The event will feature two invitationals, one for Latin America (North) and another for Latin America (South), with eight participating teams in each. The Finals of the LAS Tournament will be broadcast on July 2 and the finals of the LAN Tournament will be featured on July 3."

  • Latin America North winners: Estral Esports (RAINMAKER, Pulpa, sickLy, blue, Alejo).
Final Placement Team Name Prize money (USD)
1st Estral Esports $1,500
2nd Timbers Esports $750
 3rd XTEN Esports $250
 4th Arctic Gaming Mexico  -
5th-8th E-STORM  -
Atheris Esports  -
Team Aze  -
Rainbow7  -
  • Latin America South winners: Rebirth Esports (akz, Drk, ernzxr, fedehk, Fiend).
Final Placement Team Name Prize money (USD)
1st Rebirth Esports $1,500
2nd Undead Gaming $750
 3rd Furious Gaming $250
 4th All Knights  -
5th-8th Infamous Gaming  -
Azules Esports  -
9z Team  -
Infinity Esports  -

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Valorant Ignition Series: Upcoming events

Cyber Games Valorant Pacific Open (Asia) — July 3-5

Riot Games

"This July 3, Cyber Games Arena brings you the Valorant Pacific Open. Over the course of the weekend, qualifiers will take place across Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Thailand. Winners from each qualifier will advance to the Valorant Pacific Open Finals in August."

  • Event start: July 3.
  • Number of teams: TBD.

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ORDER Oceanic Valorant Open (Oceania) — July 3-26

Riot Games

"Announcing the Oceanic VALORANT Open, presented by Logitech G - the first VALORANT Ignition Series event in Oceania! Open qualifiers will be held from July 3-13. Team progressing the the qualifiers will battle it out in the Group Stage on July 17-19. Only the best will make it through to the Playoffs, which will take place between July 22-26."

  • Event start: July 3.
  • Number of teams: Up to 1028.

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Vitality European Open (Europe) — July 5-12

Riot Games

"The Vitality European Open is the first full open European Valorant tournament within Riot Games' Ignition Series. The single elimination open bracket starts on July 5, where teams will battle through to earn one of eight Group Stage spots.

"The top two teams from both groups will progress to the Playoffs. Both the Group Stages and Playoffs will take place between July 10-12."

  • Event start: July 5.
  • Number of teams: Up to 256.

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WePlay! x Ignition: The WePlay! VALORANT Invitation (Europe) — July 13-19

Riot Games

"The WePlay! VALORANT Invitation with a $50,000 prize pool will take place from June 13 to 19, 2020. The event will feature six invited teams and two more will be decided during the Open Qualifiers on June 13 and 14.

"The main event will kick off with an eight-team Swiss Bracket group stage. Top four teams will proceed to a Single Elimination bracket that will determine the winners. All matches are BO3."

  • Event start: July 13.
  • Number of teams: 6 invited, 2 Open Qualifiers.

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PAX Arena VALORANT Invitational (North America) — July 22-26

Riot Games

"The PAX Arena VALORANT Invitational will feature 100 agents, 16 pro teams, 4 influencer squads, and one incredible race to plant the spike! With $25,000 USD and bragging rights on the line, North America’s best VALORANT players and streamers will take PAX Arena ONLINE by storm starting July 22-26.

"All competitors will be encouraged to livestream their own group stage matches so fans can track and follow their favorite players and teams. With a top tier caster lineup, this is the summer showdown that you don’t want to miss!

  • Event start: July 22.
  • Number of teams: 16 pro teams, 4 influencer squads.

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