South Korean organization, T1, has once again ramped up its involvement in Riot Games’ highly-anticipated shooter, Valorant, by investing in esports analytics startup Mobalytics.
Mobalytics is an analytics platform focused on player development founded in 2016 that specializes in Riot’s flagship MOBA, League of Legends (LoL). It also recently expanded its activities to include LoL’s Autobattler and TCG spinoffs, Teamfight Tactics and Legends of Runeterra.
With their investment in Mobalytics, T1 aims to help accelerate training programs specially designed for Valorant and assist players of all levels in improving their skills in the game.
“Excited for our first strategic investment into [Mobalytics]. [Mobalytics founder Amine Issa] and his team are doing amazing things and I’m excited for their continued growth and success!” said T1 CEO Joe Marsh in a statement on his personal Twitter account.
T1 has been one of the most active organizations in Valorant’s fledgling competitive scene, notably signing the first Valorant pro in Braxton “Brax” Pierce back in March.
Since then, T1 has formed a formidable four-man squad that includes former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros Keven “AZK” Larivière, Austin “crashies” Roberts, and Victor “Food” Wong. The organization even signed CS legend Daniel “fRoD” Montaner to be the head coach of its Valorant team.
While Valorant is still just a month into its closed beta phase, the hype surrounding the game has been phenomenal.
Many organizations have been hard at work trying to snag big-name players from other shooter games, like CS:GO, Apex Legends, and Overwatch, that are already trying their luck in Valorant’s fledgling competitive scene, well ahead of its expected rise to a top-tier esport.
An analytics-driven approach should have a positive impact on any organization looking to get started in a new game such as Valorant, especially considering that the game will have no prior match history to guide team and player-related decision-making.