How soon will VCT begin? Which teams will take part in VCT 2023?

After LOUD beat OpTic 3-2 in a best-of-five grand final, the VALORANT 2022 season came to a close with Champions. Now that the season is over, we can look ahead to next year.

The 2023 VALORANT competitive circuit calendar was released by tournament organiser and game developer Riot Games. The first event will feature all 30 of the participating foreign teams and will be played in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This competition, marking the beginning of the international leagues, will take place in February.

For the international leagues, the opening event will serve as the first half of the regular season. After this, another split will occur later in the year. The VCT will revert to a single-season format with two splits in 2024.

 Which teams will be taking part in VCT 2023?

How soon will VCT begin? Which teams will take part in VCT 2023?
Riot Games’s photo by Colin Young-Wolff

In VCT 2023, these are the paired teams that will be competing. See the partnership live tracker for the latest information on partnered teams. Teams from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) include KOI, Karmine Corp., Fnatic, Team Vitality, and Natus Vincere (reportedly).

The Americas: Still Undetermined

Where Asia fits in is uncertain.

The Challengers is the second tier of competition below the world leagues for teams that are not selected to collaborate with Riot. It has been announced that the first Challengers split would begin in January of 2023, a full month before the inaugural tournament.

In March of 2023, both the partnered teams’ opening tournament and the non-partnered teams’ first split of the Challengers leagues will end. Teams can earn a spot in the Masters and Champions competitions by competing in Riot’s circuit of tournaments. Each year, Challengers teams will have the opportunity to gain two-year promotions to the top international leagues.

Even before the official launch of VCT in 2023, there will be competitions hosted by independent third parties. However, these competitions are not part of Riot’s official tournament schedule.

Fans won’t have to wait too long to get their VALORANT fix after Champions ends at the end of this month. In October 2022, third-party tournaments will be able to host events during the offseason.

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