After the debut of the VCT Game Changers last year to promote females in Valorant Esports, Riot has announced that they will be bringing it back for the 2022 season. Meant to supplement this year's Valorant Champions Tour, VCT Game Changers will provide additional opportunities and exposure for women and marginalized genders in the Valorant esports ecosystem.

This year there will be 4 stages throughout the year, with a total prize pool of USD60,000.

VCT Game Changers APAC Open 1-4: a maximum of 64 teams will compete in a series of double elimination rounds across 4 Open tournaments to win points. The top 3 teams on the leaderboard qualify for the APAC Elite stage. Teams can win USD5,000 at each stage of the Open tournaments.

VCT Game Changers APAC Open Overtime: 8 teams ranked 4th - 11th in the APAC Open stages have another chance to qualify for the APAC Elite tournament. Matches will be played in a double-elimination format, with the top 3 teams moving on to the APAC Elite stage.

VCT Game Changers APAC Last Chance: the final opportunity for unqualified teams to make it to the APAC Elite. There will be a maximum of 64 teams in the double-elimination tournament, with only the top 2 making the cut. Teams can also win USD5,000 at this stage.

VCT Game Changers APAC Elite: the tournaments all teams in Game Changers will be looking forward to - the 8 teams at the event will compete over two weekends for the title of VCT Game Changers APAC Champion, and a cut of the USD35,000 prize pool. They will also get a chance to be invited to a global Game Changers tournament later in the year.

Tournament dates:

Have a suitable team that's ready to compete? Be sure to register yourselves on the official Valorant website (stay tuned). Rules and Regulations.

Playoffs of the VCT Game Changers APAC 2022 will be broadcast live on:

While the issue of sexism in gaming has been prevalent for the longest time, things are getting better as gamers around the world are slowly accepting that the activity is for everybody - not just males. Organizations have been trying to accelerate the process with events and tournaments for marginalized genders, to encourage them to compete. Trying to address the issue for its game, Valorant, Riot Games today announced the Valorant Champions Tour Game Changers program which consists of two initiatives - the VCT Game Changers Series and VCT Game Changers Academy.

The Game Changers Series will be a set of top tier competitions that will take place around the world in 2021 and will feature prize pools similar to last year's Ignition Series tournaments (nothing to scoff at!). While the Game Changers Academy program will be a set of smaller monthly tournaments, giving players more opportunities to compete at the semi-pro and grassroots level. These events will be organized with the help of Galorants, one of the largest female communities within Valorant.

“Game Changers will provide tournaments and development programs for women who want to take their game beyond competitive ladder play,” said Whalen Rozelle, the Sr. Director of Esports at Riot Games. “With VALORANT esports, we're committed to fostering an inclusive environment for competition and creating safe opportunities for women to compete without fear of identity or gender-based harassment.”

No word on the Game Changers programs on this side of the world yet, but there already are women-friendly leagues such as the FSL which have been around for some time now. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more news and updates on Valorant!

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