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Platform(s): PC
Genre: Online Multiplayer
Developer: Riot Games
Release Date: June 2, 2020

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'Valorant' Kicks Off 24 Hour Student Esports Competition

by Rainier on June 4, 2021 @ 10:29 a.m. PDT

Valorant is a competitive 5v5 character-based tactical shooter where creativity is your greatest weapon.

Here’s what we think it takes for you to trust a game enough to invest: 128-tick servers, at least 30 frames per second on most min-spec computers (even dating back a decade), 60 to 144 FPS on modern gaming rigs, a global spread of datacenters aimed at <35ms for players in major cities around the world, a netcode we’ve been obsessing over for years, and a commitment to anti-cheat from day one.

Shooting in Valorant is precise, consequential, and highly-lethal - we want you to win on your skill and strategy alone.

Imagine this: tactical shooter meets hypernatural powers. Everyone’s got guns and a unique set of abilities, so how do you beat someone with the speed of wind? Use your own moves to outplay them and beat them to the shot. VALORANT is a game for bold strategists who dare to make the unexpected play, because if it wins, it works.

Tune into the first 24hr student Valorant esports competition, the Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final Knockout Round. Over 25,000 participants and 400 events have produced 50 teams from 50 different countries. After this weekend, only 12 will remain. 

Starting today students will compete in the Qualifier Finals and Semi Finals in the World Final Knockout Round. Successful teams who make it to the final matches of their regions will compete on a global stage for the first time. Their matches will be broadcast in an epic 24 hour livestream on June 5th and 6th on Red Bull Twitch and YouTube.

The 10 winning teams, along with the Spanish and US National Final Winners, will move on to the World Final in Madrid on July 17th and 18th.

The student teams who make it through to the World Final will have a chance to win the €20,000 prize and an exclusive invitation to see the biggest stars in Valorant compete at an upcoming Valorant Masters event, an official tournament within the 2021 Champions Tour, as well as bragging rights as the world’s best student Valorant team. 

The schedule for the World Final Knockout Round is as follows (the regions have been grouped according to the geographical region, available VALORANT servers & amount of qualifiers per country):

  • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand – (Finals broadcast 9am CEST, June 5th)
  • East Asia: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Philippines – (Finals broadcast 11am CEST, June 5th)
  • South Asia: Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka – (Finals broadcast 1pm CEST, June 5th)
  • Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Kuwait, UAE – (Finals broadcast 3pm CEST, June 5th)
  • Europe East: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Turkey – (Finals broadcast 5pm CEST, June 5th)
  • Europe North: Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine – (Finals broadcast 7pm CEST, June 5th)
  • Europe Central: Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, Netherlands (Finals broadcast 9pm CEST, June 5th)
  • Europe West: France, Ireland, Portugal, UK – (Finals broadcast 11pm CEST, June 5th)
  • Latin America: Peru, Brazil, Chile – (Finals broadcast 1am CEST, June 6th)
  • North America: Canada, USA – (Finals broadcast 3am CEST, June 6th)

The tournament will feature a Clutch Challenge presented by Intel. Viewers can keep track of how many clutch moments take place during the 24 hour livestream, and submit their guesses here. The viewer with the closest guess will win an Intel NUC 11 Enthusiast Mini PC (Phantom Canyon).

"Without tournaments like Red Bull Campus Clutch it is very very hard for younger players to gain experience playing in a competitive setting. It's one thing playing games with friends or in a ranked lobby, but a totally different thing when there is real competition or a prize on the line. Also it allows players to really focus on the fundamentals of teamplay and not so much on being the highest fragger or star player within the server every single game.” commented Caster & Analyst Tom “Tombizz” Bissmire.

Valorant is available on PC as free-to-play.

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