As 2024 draws near, Valorant’s prestigious competition—the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT)—is also headed for a new year, which comes with significant changes from last year.
To coincide with the VCT’s fourth year in the esports scene, a handful of changes will take their place, which includes a new kick-off tournament, the inclusion of another region, the comeback of Champions points, two Masters events, and the affiliate program.
First among the slew of changes is the addition of China as the fourth partnered league, adding to the Americas, EMEA, and Pacific leagues. Before China joined the VCT, Chinese teams had to compete among themselves to qualify for international events.
The VCT 2024 will also be kicking off with a two-week tournament per international league. The top two teams to emerge out of each region will be sent to Masters Madrid, which is next year’s initial global event.
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To make a comeback in 2024 is the Champions points, which serve as a benchmark for each partnered team’s performance year-round as well as the criterion for qualifying for global events.
Teams with the most Champions points per region will make it to Valorant Champions, the highly sought-after competition of every year.
With the reintroduction of the circuit points, VCT 2024 is differentiating itself from previous events as it does away with the Last Chance Qualifier tournament.
As Valorant sees newer talents emerging from the crowd, an effort is devised aimed at tapping into them from the challenger scene via the affiliate program. Through the initiative, VCT fosters grassroots talent in addition to giving aspiring talents a larger platform to showcase their skills.
With that said, VCT 2024 is shaping up to be a more exciting and thrilling experience than ever, as each tournament comes with more stakes than previously. Valorant Esports Global Head Leo Faria said that the disparity is meant to establish a “fast-paced and exciting start to the season,” as it propels teams to the “global spotlight.”