Riot Games finally announced all the Valorant partnered teams that will usher in the new era of the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT).

These selected teams will be competing in next year’s International Leagues in three regions: Americas, EMEA, and the Pacific. Each region will have 10 partnered teams, which makes 30 in total.

According to Riot Games, the selection process was “incredibly competitive.” The screening process involved written applications, in-depth interviews, and financial reviews that spanned months.

These teams will be part of the largest VCT international event next year when they compete in the kick-off event at the start of the season in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

All 30 Valorant partnered teams entering the VCT 2023 season

Valorant partnered teams
Credit: Riot Games


SentinelsNorth America
100 ThievesNorth America
Cloud9North America
NRGNorth America
Evil GeniusesNorth America
FURIASouth America
LOUDSouth America
MIBRSouth America
KRÜ EsportsSouth America
LeviatánSouth America


FnaticEurope (United Kingdom)
Team LiquidEurope (Netherlands)
Team VitalityEurope (France)
Karmine CorpEurope (France)
Team HereticsEurope (Spain)
GiantsEurope (Spain)
Natus VincereEurope (Ukraine)
FUT EsportsEurope (Turkey)
BBL EsportsEurope (Turkey)
KOIEurope (Spain)


Zeta DivisionJapan
Detonation GamingJapan
Team SecretSoutheast Asia (Philippines)
Paper RexSoutheast Asia (Singapore)
Rex Regum QeonSoutheast Asia (Philippines)
Talon EsportsSoutheast Asia
Global EsportsAsia Pacific (India)

How these Valorant partnered teams were selected

Riot Games’ official statement explained how they narrowed down the number of teams that applied for franchising. These three factors became pivotal in their selection process:

  1. Organizations that share their values of always putting fans first, celebrate Riot Games’ diverse community, and teams that are committed to supporting pros.
  2. Organizations that have created a strong connection with fans through engaging content, a compelling brand, and an exciting roster.
  3. Organizations that are built for the long-term, with a focus on sustainability.

Missing from the list of partnered teams is OpTic Gaming, an organization that had one of the most consistent Valorant rosters so far. They placed within the top three at every international LAN they have attended this year, winning Masters Reykjavik and finishing as the runner-up at Valorant Champions 2022.

Another team that failed to secure a spot in the EMEA region is FunPlus Phoenix, who won Masters Copenhagen.

According to Riot Games, past competitive performances were not a key consideration in their decision. “We instead focused on an organization’s ability to create the most compelling VCT for fans in the future.”

Teams and organizations that didn’t make it in franchising can compete in the Challengers leagues next year. The top teams that emerge from the Tier 2 scene will get a chance to move up to the international leagues through Ascension tournaments.

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