Women’s gaming and esports platform Raidiant has announced the launch of a new event series called the Raidiant Challenger Circuit (RCC).
The RCC will feature women-focused events across five popular game titles: Fortnite, League of Legends, Overwatch 2, Rocket League and VALORANT.
The first event for the year-long programme will be the Raidiant Heroes Major, part of Blizzard’s Calling All Heroes initiative to support members of marginalised gender identities in Overwatch 2. The Major will take place between April 21st and 23rd, with more events coming in July and November, culminating with a Last Chance Qualifier in January 2024.
Furthermore, Raidiant and Twitch have entered a co-sales agreement, where the latter will serve as the exclusive sponsorship sales partner for the Raidiant Challenger Circuit. The streaming platform will create partnerships with leading brands to promote the RCC; promote the events; and support the community.
Raidiant is an initiative and content hub focused on celebrating and championing opportunities for women gamers. Created in November 2021, the platform is owned by New Meta Entertainment, the parent company of North American esports organisation Dignitas. The platform also boasts partnerships with the likes of Nerd St Gamers, NYX Cosmetics, and Twitter, among others.
Heather Garozzo, Head of Raidiant, commented on the launch of the circuit: “As we continue to demonstrate that there’s a substantial appetite for more women’s esports programming. I look forward to expanding upon our events, and working with even more brands to support the community, and provide opportunities for the thousands of women participants, talent, producers, and gaming professionals who make all of this possible.”
Most recently, Raidiant operated Psyonix’s Ally Women’s Open, a $40,000 (⁓£32,100) tournament for North American and European women’s Rocket League teams.