Esports platform G-Loot has teamed up with game developer Riot Games to launch an official off-season VALORANT esports tournament.
The inaugural G-Loot VALORANT Clash will take place from October 19th-27th and features a $50,000 (~£46,625) prize pool.
The tournament will feature qualifiers and a grand final that is set to take place in Stockholm, Sweden from October 25th-27th. In addition to the qualifying teams, VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) EMEA partner teams will receive invitations.
G-Loot is no stranger to hosting tournaments. In February, the platform hosted the G-Loot Series 5 PUBG: Battlegrounds tournament. Moreover, in recent years, the company has collaborated with the likes of Tencent and Electronic Arts.
Back in 2020, G-Loot secured $56m (~£52.2m) in funding. The financing was primarily used to continue its expansion across platforms and into new markets.
According to announcements by both G-Loot and Riot Games, The Clash is part of a wider series of VALORANT off-season tournaments taking place. This could potentially see Riot Games collaborate with a number of tournament organisers to operate VALORANT events outside of its offerings.
Prior to the VALORANT off-season, Riot Games also revealed that its VALORANT Champions 2022 event was the title’s most-viewed esports event in its history.
Simon Sundén, Vice President and Head of Esports at G-Loot, spoke on the deal: “We are extremely proud to have entered a partnership with Riot Games for the VCTOFF//Season.
“Part of what makes G-Loot special is that we want to open esports up to a wider audience. Our hope is that G-Loot VALORANT Clash will soon see even more new teams playing. We’ve seen a lot of players starting their journey on G-Loot to eventually become pros. We look forward to seeing underdog stories in this tournament as well.”