GRID Esports secures two-year VALORANT partnership with Riot Games

Esports data platform GRID Esports has signed a two-year partnership with Riot Games to provide VALORANT data to its platform.

As a result, GRID will have exclusive access to data from all of the title’s main global and regional tournaments.

Image credit: GRID Esports, Riot Games

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According to a release, the data platform will be trusted with the distribution of VALORANT’s esports data. The data include a range of in-game statistics for individual players and teams, in addition to data for specific matches that have taken place. The data will be available to view in the ‘coming months’.

Moritz Maurer, CEO of GRID Esports, spoke on the deal: “VALORANT is the esports scene disruptor. One of the youngest competitive gaming titles has already amassed an incredible number of fans, dedicated professional players and managed to establish a thriving, diverse esports scene. It would not be possible if not for the professionalism and direct involvement of the Publisher – Riot Games.

“Riot’s proven, holistic approach to growing their titles’ presence is a unique model we want to support with GRID’s technology. At GRID the alignment with our partners is our highest priority. In joining forces with Riot we aim to establish the GRID Data Platform as a firm foundation for VALORANT’s exceptional ecosystem sustainable, data-driven, growth.”

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GRID is no stranger to providing numerous companies with data. In the first quarter of 2022, the platform has extended partnerships with esports tournament organisers BLAST Premier and WePlay Esports.

John Knauss, Esports Competitive Data Programs Lead at Riot Games, added: “Our audience is the most engaged in the entire global esports ecosystem, and we want to continue to foster that engagement with ever-evolving ways of interacting with our sports. We are excited for the future of VALORANT, its growth, and opportunities to deepen fandom by enabling new products and experiences.”

Esports Insider says: Data within esports is increasing in value, with fans and tournament operators able to utilise it in various ways. Riot Games partnering with GRID Esports for VALORANT will benefit both parties as the publisher continues to build an ecosystem for the game.

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