Riot Announced The First Six VCT China League Teams

10 Dec 2023
Tit Krajnik 10 Dec 2023
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  • On Saturday, December 9, 2023, Riot Games announced the first six VCT China League teams
  • As of now, EDward Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, and BIlibili Gaming, JD Gaming, TYLOO, and Wolves Esports, are the only six partnered squads
  • The inaugural VCT China League season will feature ten partnered teams and one team from Ascension
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On Saturday, December 9, Riot Games announced EDward Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, JD Gaming, TYLOO, Wolves Esports, and Bilibili Gaming as the first six partnered teams for Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) China League. This leaves five more spots open for four more partnered Valorant teams and one squad from Ascension.

Like other existing VCT leagues, the VCT China League will follow the same layout. It will feature ten partnered Valorant esports teams and one team from Ascension, which is set to kick off this month. This leaves much room for speculation, as VCT China League still needs to announce five more teams that’ll compete in the league, four of which will get a direct invite.

Seeing JD Gaming, EDward Gaming, Bilibili Gaming, and FunPlus Phoenix invited to the VCT China League is hardly shocking. All four are major brands in the Chinese esports scene, as they all field highly successful teams in the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) and other big esports titles.

Moreover, all three four Valorant teams, granted between the four, EDward Gaming made the most noise in the 2023 season.

EDG’s Valorant squad, despite not being a part of the VCT, was invited to compete in three international VCT events, and they didn’t disappoint. Although EDG struggled to achieve much in the season-opening VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo (17th-32nd), they surprised everyone with a top-six finish at VCT 2023: Masters Tokyo and VALORANT Champions 2023.

EDward Gaming’s strong performances at the two VCT events proved that Chinese Valorant teams deserve a spot among the top squads in the world, and it was definitely one of the big reasons why China got their own VCT League.

While EDward Gaming were the top-performing Chinese team last season, Bilibili Gaming didn’t disappoint either, with a top-eight finish at VALORANT Champions 2023. FunPlus Phoenix’s two VCT appearances didn’t result in much, as they crashed out of the VCT 2023: LOCK//IN São Paulo in 17th-32nd, and VALORANT Champions 2023 in 13th-16th.

New International League

The VCT China League will debut in 2024, marking the first time the Chinese Valorant esports teams will officially join the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) circuit. This was already rumoured at the end of the 2023 season, and based on the Chinese Valorant teams’ success last season, the move is hardly shocking.

VCT China League is not the only case of top-tier Valorant competition moving to China. As reported last month, Shanghai will host the second VCT Major of the 2024 season, which will feature the top teams from all four leagues competing for championship points.

VCT 2024 Masters Shanghai is set to take place in May 2024.