Alliance has officially announced that it is entering the competitive Valorant scene, with the addition of James Banks as the organization’s new General Manager.

As Alliance’s Valorant General Manager, Banks will be scouting for a Valorant roster within Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions, which will likewise usher in a new Alliance esports division to compete in the upcoming Valorant Champions Tour in 2021.

For those unfamiliar with Alliance’s new GM, James Banks has been around the esports scene since 2014 as a host, presenter, commentator, manager, and journalist, covering the CS:GO scene. He then switched to being a commentator for Valorant, once the game had been released by Riot Games.

“Together with my experience and their fantastic support team we will be on the hunt for the right team or players to create something special,” said Banks. “The facilities that Alliance have are impressive and I can’t wait to get the right players who are hungry, motivated, and want to be the future champions of Valorant under the Alliance banner. The hunt begins!”

Included in Alliance’s update is another esports division they’re planning to start, a “new competitive mobile roster for us in Southeast Asia.” Alliance’s Head of Mobile division, Teo Jie Bin from Singapore, will be in charge of scouting talent in the SEA region. However, the organization has yet to announce which competitive mobile game it is planning to enter in 2021.

Lastly, Alliance is also aiming to start another division decided on by fans. On December 12 at 6:00 p.m GMT+8, fans of the organization will be able to purchase fan tokens to partake in Alliance’s first poll. From there, fans will be able to choose between Chess, Rocket League, or Starcraft II as one of the official competitive divisions Alliance will pursue next year.

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