Insomnia, EXCEL Esports and EE to host all-women’s VALORANT tournament

15 August 2023

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VALORANT Women's Cup by EXCEL and EE
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UK esports organisation EXCEL Esports, mobile network operator EE and the Insomnia Gaming Festival have announced an all-women’s VALORANT tournament.

The tournament will feature a £10,000 prize pool and will be played offline at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, England during the festival’s next instalment Insomnia71.

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The VALORANT Women’s Cup will take place over three days through a group stage and double-elimination bracket. The tournament will feature 16 teams with the winning side earning £5,000.

EXCEL fields its own female VALORANT side — EXCEL GC — in VCT Game Changers tournaments. According to a release, their team will showcase talents such as Cornelia ‘Neli’ Johansson, India ‘cataLina’ Dubourg, Safaa ‘Purii’ Baydi, and Camille ‘Luzia’ Millet at the tournament.

EXCEL streamer Daniela ‘Jupi’ Grald — a former player for their Game Changers side — will co-host the competition’s final two matches.

EE is a notable partner of EXCEL Esports, with the duo initially teaming up in 2020. Last year the two companies announced a three-year renewal of the partnership. Some of EXCEL’s other commercial partners include HSBC, JD and PCSpecialist.

Held twice a year, Insomnia features a range of LAN tournaments covering multiple titles including Counter-Strike, Rocket League and League of Legends. Alongside Insomnia, the Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) 2023 Championship will also take place in Birmingham on September 6th-10th.

The announcement comes after fellow UK organisation Guild Esports unveiled its own women’s competition – an eight-team, grassroots Rocket League competition in collaboration with Sky UK.

Lee Jones