VALORANT Game Changers 2023 Championship announcement upsets fans and pros alike

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Riot Games has announced the host city and venue for the VALORANT Game Changers 2023 Championship, and the entire community is disappointed. Riot stated in the announcement that the 2022 Championship would “fuel [Riot’s] dreams for the Game Changers program,” yet the 2023 tournament will be smaller than before, and players and fans aren’t happy.

The announcement emphasized how the inaugural Game Changers Championship “broke many records” and was well embraced by the whole VALORANT community.

However, Riot has now chosen a 150-seat site for the 2023 Championship event, which is less than the capacity possessed by the LEC Studios in Berlin, where the 2022 tournament took place.

“The thing that upsets me the most is I know Brazil could easily fill a venue with thousands of people for Game Changers,” Erika “KP” Lytle, IGL with Shopify Rebellion, told Dot Esports. Riot’s choice of site, according to KP, was “upsetting,” considering the 2022 Championship attracted around 250k spectators. It was the most-watched female esports tournament.

Yet the tournament’s popularity was not limited to the internet: fans immediately purchased the available tickets for the live event, forcing the first Game Changers LAN to sell out in minutes.

However, due to a lack of space, fans were unable to attend the 2022 Championship, and it appears that this will be the case again this year.

Riot could “easily” fill more seats for the 2023 Championship, according to Shopify Rebellion’s IGL, and is simply “choosing not to”—and she is correct. The studios, which are of a similar size around the world, are “the right choice for the tournament,” according to Leo Faria, Global Head of VALORANT Esports. In a tweet, Faria explained that Riot is aiming to bring women to VCT Masters and Champions, rather than “trying to grow” the Game Changers Championship to the size of those tournaments. He finished by saying that the event’s partners and sponsors are likewise confident in their decision.

But, the seating arrangement is not the only issue on the minds of the circuit’s participants. Brazil, the host country, also has the highest trans murder rate in the world, as Misfits Black player Presley “Slandy” Anderson pointed out.

“It’s so disappointing and disheartening,” Slandy said. “I feel so deflated knowing not only is my personal life affected every day by legislation passed by old out-of-touch representatives but also that the travel I do for the job that I love is potentially dangerous just because of who I am.”

The tournament is also marred by a structural blunder. Riot also revealed the number of teams competing in the Game Changers Championship 2023, which means the tournament will continue to maintain the record for the least number of teams participating in an international VALORANT event.

In fact, only eight teams from around the world will be eligible to compete for the title of 2023 Game Changers world champions.

Last year’s Championship and first Game Changers live event included eight teams, two fewer than the first international VCT event of Masters 2 in Reykjavik in 2021.

Overall, they were “disappointed” because Riot organizers “didn’t learn from [the] last event” before preparing for the 2023 VALORANT tournament.

Additional information on tickets for the 2023 Game Changers Championship will be released at a later date, however contrary to popular belief, the venue will not be changed.


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