Oceanic esports tournament organizer and broadcasting media company LetsPlay.Live (LPL) has partnered with Riot Games to become the official broadcast partner for 2021’s VALORANT Oceania Tour.
For the very first time, VALORANT players in the Oceanic region can compete for an opportunity to play at the international level. The tournament which starts in February will be played in three stages – Stage 01, Stage 02, and Stage 03. Per stage concludes with a Regional Finals, which in turn ends with the Oceania championship.
Each stage offers a $10,000 AUD which will be divided among the top eight teams. Additionally, the Oceania Championship will have an additional prize pool of $20,000 AUD, which raised a combined prize pool of $50,000 AUD ($38.1K USD).
According to the initial announcement, the 2021 VALORANT Oceania Tour will “serve as the official pathway” for players in the region to qualify into the combined NA + OCE Last Chance Qualifier. This allows competitors to qualify for the VALORANT Global Championship.
As a result of this partnership, LetsPlay.Live will be responsible for registration, operations, and production at every stage of the regional competitive play. This includes running the Oceania Championship.
Duane Mutu, LPL’s founder and Managing Director, said:
“To be kicking off the year partnering with Riot Games to bring Oceania official VALORANT pathways is phenomenal. LPL are excited to be offering an international avenue for our region’s players in 2021 and to be showcasing teams through broadcast for fans of VALORANT worldwide.”
Chris Greeley, Director of Esports at Riot Games, said:
“By partnering with LetsPlay.Live, we will continue our efforts to grow VALORANT into the next great, multi-generational esport”
“2021 promises to be a groundbreaking year for VALORANT esports, and we’re tremendously excited to kick off global play. We know that VALORANT has been supported by Oceania players since BETA and we are thrilled to be offering pathways for the region.”
The 2021 VALORANT Oceania Tour with VALORANT Challengers OCE – Stage 01 Open Qualifier will run from 10 to 14 February. More information on registration, eligibility, and the tournament at https://letsplay.live/vot/