Cloud9 secures partnership for Americas VALORANT league
North American organization Cloud9 has been notified it has secured a partnership with Riot Games for the Americas VALORANT league next year, multiple sources told Dot Esports.
Considered one of the favorites to be accepted for its long-standing history with Riot in other titles such as League of Legends, C9 is also one of the most well-known in esports. The organization will compete in the Americas league alongside nine other participants, with Riot informing teams throughout the week.
C9 has competed in VALORANT since the start of 2020 with the acquisition of superstar TenZ. Since then, the organization has continued to rise through the ranks to achieve the highest accolades in the North American region.
Recently, C9 finished fourth in the North American last chance qualifier, where the team had the chance to qualify for Champions. 100 Thieves ultimately defeated C9 in the lower bracket semifinals. 100T would later qualify for Champions following a victory against The Guard in the final.
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C9 is known as one of the most popular organizations in esports. They have a decorated history in FPS esports with the organization fielding a Major-winning team in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. C9 will look to replicate its success in Riot’s first-person shooter.
Giants Gaming accepted into VALORANT’s EMEA partnered league
Now looking at the other side of the world, Giants Gaming, a Spanish esports organization, has become the latest known VALORANT team to join Riot Games’ partnership program for the EMEA region.
Giants currently houses an international VALORANT squad consisting of Ukrainian in-game leader Vladyslav “Kiles” Shvets, Swedish player Tobias “ShadoW” Flodström, Czech player Adam “Jesse” Čtvrtníček, Turkish player Batuhan “russ” Malgaç, Spanish player Adolfo “Fit1nho” Gallego, and Swedish head coach Oliwer “LATEKS” Fahlander.
The news that Giants has reportedly made into EMEA’s 2023 partnership league follows other reports that reported Fnatic, Vitality, Natus Vincere, KOI, Karmine Korp, Team Liquid, Heretics, and BBL were accepted as well.
Should Giants and all of the organizations above have been accepted in the EMEA partnership league, there would be only one spot left. Riot is partnering with 10 VALORANT teams from EMEA, 10 teams from Americas, and 10 teams from Asia to kick off the circuit.
Since VALORANT Champions finished on Sept. 18, with LOUD beating OpTic Gaming 3-1 in the grand finals, Riot has been slowly informing organizations whether or not they have been accepted as partners.
Riot is planning to announce all teams that made it into the partnership program soon. 2023 is turning out to be one of the most exciting years for all the VALORANT fans around the world. If you are interested in VALORANT betting, make sure to check out our page where you’ll find a lot of great offers!