The inaugural season of the VALORANT Champions Tour concluded with Acend defeating Gambit Esports in the tournament finals to earn the title of VALORANT World Champion. A record setting one million concurrent viewers tuned into the match, which saw the European Acend take the series three games to two and secure the Champions Trophy. Led by strong performances by CNed and StarXo, Acend entered the finals without dropping a single game during the initial stages of the tournament.

“We were thrilled with the success of Champions! This tournament demonstrated the global resonance of VALORANT as a sport and that any team, from any region, can step up to be a contender for the Champions Trophy,” said Kasra Jafroodi, Global Strategy Lead for VALORANT Esports. “Seeing the level of competition rise around the world is an incredible sign of the continued growth of our game as we head into our next season in February.”

Sixteen teams from North America, South America, Europe, and Asia qualified for the event and competed for the title of the first ever VALORANT World Champion. More than eighty players descended on Berlin to compete during the course of the past two weeks across the group and knockout stages. While Acend won the finals, the underdogs from Latin America, KRÜ Esports, stole the hearts of fans around the world with their cinderella run into semifinals. Although they fell to the finalist Gambit Esports, the semifinal match between the two teams went into five overtimes before a winner could be declared. Team Liquid, featuring the Benrlitom brothers, also made a convincing berth that was eventually put to a stop by the eventual champions, Acend. In addition to the $1 Million USD prize pool, each of the sixteen teams was awarded with an equal split of 50% of the net proceeds of the VALORANT Champions bundle, a cosmetic skin sold worldwide within the VALORANT game. As of the last update, total contributions to participating teams was tracking at over $7.5 million USD in aggregate, approximately $500,000 per each participating team.

The Finals kicked off with an Opening Ceremony on December 12th that featured performances by Zedd, Rezz, PVRIS, and Grabbitz. To celebrate the event Riot Games and Grabbitz collaborated on a brand new track, “Die For You” which debuted ahead of the event. During the Finals Opening Ceremony, Zedd and Grabbitz performed a new remix of “Die for You” created specifically for the show.

More than one million concurrent viewers tuned in around the world to watch the Finals on platforms like Twitch, YouTube, Afreeca, and Trovo which was broadcast in more than twenty different languages. Additionally for Champions, Riot Games expanded the Watch Party program to include more than 150 content creators around the world. Watch Parties allow prominent members of the gaming community to overlay their commentary on top of the official stream and distribute it across their channels, drawing their respective communities into the event.

Champions was the final event of the VALORANT Champions Tour, which began this past January. During the course of the season, more than 10,000 teams attempted to qualify for the final event across regional Challenger events and international Masters events. The next season of the VALORANT Champions Tour will begin in February and will feature the return of international competitions, a new tournament series during the off season, and a new global Game Changers event that will showcase the best women’s teams from around the world.

Game On: Global eSports Games announces official partners

The inaugural Global Esports Games (GEG) in Singapore will be supported by a slate of partners that includes Singapore Airlines, MyRepublic, Samsung and Razer, signalling the strong backing that the event has received from organizations across the APAC region. 

GEG, the flagship event of the Global Esports Federation (GEF), is a global, multi-title competition. The inaugural edition features Dota 2, eFootball 2022, and Street Fighter V: Champion Edition with teams from more than 40 countries and territories around the world competing. The event runs from 18 to 19 December at Resorts World Sentosa.

This is Singapore Airlines’ first esports partnership, and the national carrier will be the GEG’s Official Airline Partner. The GEG’s other official partners in their respective areas are MyRepublic (Telco), Samsung Neo QLED (Technology), Razer (Esports), and Lazada (Ecommerce). Joining them are community partners TikTok and GosuGamers, and venue partner Resorts World Sentosa. 

In a tangible demonstration of its deep commitment to the esports community, Flare Networks, GEF’s Global Partner for Blockchain systems, is making a grant of their Songbird Tokens ($SGB) to every athlete and team heading to Singapore and helping the global broadcast reach the entire world.

Chris Chan, President, Global Esports Federation said:  “We are thrilled by the support from world-class brands for the first-ever Global Esports Games. We are now in the final phase of preparations for the GEG. The entire team remains focused on staging a prestigious international competition as planned despite the challenging circumstances. We are grateful to our partners for their commitment to sharing and supporting our #worldconnected vision.”

GEFcon, the GEF’s international convention of esports thought leaders, will take place on 16 December 2021, as well as GEFestival, a three-week celebration of esports culture that unites art, music, and technology to the broader gaming community across the world. Viewers around the world can watch live streams of the GEG through GosuGamersTwitchFacebookYouTube and Huya.

Game On: Singapore gets ready for inaugural global eSports games

Singapore will play host to more than 100 of the world’s top esports players at the inaugural Global Esports Games, which will take place at Resorts World Sentosa on 18 and 19 December. The GEG will be a multi-title competition across Dota 2, eFootball 2022 and Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. GEFcon, the Global Esports Federation’s international convention of esports thought leaders, will take place at the same time of the competition.

Eight DOTA 2 teams across two categories have qualified, including a Singapore team in both the Open and Women’s categories. Joining Singapore in both categories will be Great Britain and Mongolia, with Brazil and Paraguay in the Open and Women’s categories respectively. Street Fighter V: Champion Edition and eFootball 2022 finals feature players from across Africa, Asia, and South America, which each player having undergone national and regional qualifiers before making it to GEG.

Singapore’s Open team includes Wilson “Poloson” Koh Chin Wei who competed at the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines in 2019, when esports was featured at the event for the first time. Said Wilson: “Esports’ inclusion in the SEA Games was significant as it boosted visibility and gave the public a little more insight to what esports is about. I’m excited to compete on home soil and hopefully this will lead to more interest in esports, whether in DOTA 2 or the other two games, Streetfighter V and eFootball 2022.”

Outside of the Resorts World Convention Centre, GEFestival will bring the excitement to the heart of Singapore, with Orchard Cineleisure hosting 400 fans to watch the action from GEG, and renowned Singaporean street artist Antz will be creating a mural inspired by GEG titles.

Angela Ruggiero, Co-Chair of the Coordination Commission for GEG, said “With less than a month to the Global Esports Games, we are excited and looking forward to hosting esports players and industry leaders from all over the world. We better ourselves by competing with the best, and by sharing information and knowledge with our counterparts from different countries. The Global Esports Games will not only provide great opportunities for players to display their skills at the competition, but also allow those in the esports industry to learn from one another through mutual exchanges at GEFcon.”

The inaugural Global Esports Games will take place at Resorts World Sentosa on 18th and 19th December 2021. Viewers can catch live streams of GEG through GosuGamers, Twitch, Facebook, YouTube
and Huya. More information available here

Game On: VALORANT Champions Items and Drops

Champions drops and in-game items are coming to Valorant! Champions 2021 will take place between 1st-12th December and the team will be making sure that VALORANT players all over the world will be able to celebrate the event. Starting November 24th, players will be able to purchase in-game items, earn drops, and receive a free commemorative player card as part of the event.

Support your favorite VALORANT team with the limited edition Champions bundle and celebrate Champions 2021 with this limited edition bundle. 50% of the revenue from the Champions bundle will be split equally between all Champions qualified teams. From November 24th – December 12th, the Champions bundle consisting of the Champions Vandal, three player cards inspired by the Champions music video “Die For You”, the Champion title, and the first authentic VALORANT karambit will be exclusively available in the VALORANT in-game store. Note, these items won’t return to the Store or Night Market, so make sure you grab them while you can!

The Champions Vandal is one of our most ambitious skins to date, with a slew of features inspired by Champions 2021. These features include the Champions Aura, a glow that appears on the skin when scoring a kill or being held by the top fragger in the match, the instrumental of the Champions anthem on inspect, and a unique finisher that will really immerse you in the world of the music video. Make sure to check out the Champions bundle in the VALORANT in-game store and remember, 50% of net proceeds from the Champions 2021 Collection will go to participating teams. Items won’t return to the Store or Night Market.

VCT Champions starts on December 1st! Connect your VALORANT account with your YouTube, Twitch, AfreecaTV, or Trovo account to be eligible to receive in-game rewards including the Champions Gun Buddy and Spray.

In order to be eligible for drops, fans will need to link their VALORANT accounts to Twitch, Youtube, Afreeca, or Trovo and watch matches during the Champions broadcast and Watch Parties on Twitch and Trovo. Fans will be eligible to receive the VCT spray from December 1-11 while the VCT Gun Buddy will be an exclusive drop during the finals starting at 9AM PT on December 12.

To commemorate this first Champions event all active VALORANT accounts will be granted the Champions 2021 player card. Rep this card to show the world you’re ready to watch the best teams in the world compete at Champions.

Champions will take over your favorite VALORANT maps starting on November 24th. You’ll see new locations dressed up in their best Champions flair to commemorate the event! Thank you for making the first year of the VALORANT Champions tour a massive success. We look forward to closing out the circuit and crowning our first ever World Champion on December 12th!

Champions 2021 will take place between 1st to 12th December 2021. Full schedule available here

Game On: VALORANT Champions 2021 – Berlin (Preview)

VALORANT Champions Berlin is right around the corner. All year long, more than 10,000 teams from around the world battled across regional Challengers and international Masters to earn one of the sixteen spots at Champions, the final event of the inaugural season of the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour. From December 1-12, qualified teams will compete for the Champions trophy and the title of VALORANT World Champion!

Champions is the final event of the 2021 VALORANT Champions Tour and represents the culmination of the competitive VALORANT season. The victorious team will write their name in the history books as the first ever VALORANT Champion.

Champions Berlin will be the largest international tournament to-date for VALORANT. Each of the seven participating VCT regions qualified teams into the event through three different methods: VCT Points, victory at the final Masters event, and the 4 Last Chance Qualifiers.

● EMEA – 4 teams
○ Acend
○ Fnatic
○ Gambit Esports
○ Team Liquid
● North America – 3 teams
○ Cloud9
○ Sentinels
○ Team Envy
● Brazil – 3 teams
○ Vivo Keyd
○ Furia
○ Team Vikings
● Korea – 1 team
○ Vision Strikers
● Japan – 1 teams
○ Crazy Raccoon
● LATAM – 1 team
○ KRU Esports
● SEA – 3 teams
○ X10 Esports
○ Team Secret
○ Full Sense

The tournament will consist of GSL style group play, followed by an eight team single elimination bracket. Teams were first sorted into four draw pools based on a combination of their respective final placements at Challenger events and the strength of their region.

● Pool 1 – NA #1, EMEA #1, KR, M3 Winner
● Pool 2 – NA #2, EMEA #2, LATAM, BR #1
● Pool 3 – NA LCQ, EMEA LCQ, SEA #1, JP
● Pool 4 – BR 2, SEA 2, SAm LCQ, APAC LCQ

Next each team in each pool was randomly drawn into one of the four groups (Groups A-D). If at any point a team was drawn into a group which already had a team from their region, then they were placed into the next alphabetically sequential group. If they are the final team to be drawn from their pool, they will be moved backwards through the groups until a valid group is landed on. Once a full pool has been drawn and becomes fully valid, the results of that pool are locked and cannot be moved.

Finally, pool 4 contains 2 Brazil and 2 SEA teams. To avoid a conflict, the #1 seeds for BR and SEA cannot be placed in the same group.

During the Group Stage, teams will compete through a four team, double elimination bracket to identify two winners from each group. In the first round of each group, teams from Pool 1 will face teams from Pool 4 and teams from Pool 2 will face teams from Pool 3.

After the Group Stage, a random draw will seed the Knockout Stage. The four teams who will have advanced out of their group in 1st place will be randomly assigned an yet-to-be-determined 2nd place team from a different group. The teams then will play through an eight team elimination bracket, with the first round seeing teams who placed 1st play against teams who placed 2nd.

• Wednesday Dec 1 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Thursday Dec 2 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Friday Dec 3 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Saturday Dec 4 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Sunday Dec 5 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Monday Dec 6 – 10pm GMT+8 Group Play
• Wednesday Dec 8 – 1am GMT+8 Group Play
• Thursday Dec 9 – 1am GMT+8 Quarterfinal
• Friday Dec 10 – 1am GMT+8 Quarterfinal
• Saturday Dec 11 Dark Day
• Sunday Dec 12 – 1am GMT+8 Semifinals
• Monday Dec 13 – 1am GMT+8 Finals

Additional details about the match schedule will be posted in the coming days. Follow the below channels to get the latest information on Masters Berlin. For the health and safety of players, staff, and local residents, the event will not be able to accommodate a live audience.

The tournament will be broadcast in many languages and the full list of channels can be found below. Additionally this will be the first VALORANT event streamed on Trovo. Trovo is a video game live streaming platform exiting beta, focused on allowing more content and people to be seen and connected. Centered around the core values of inclusiveness, interactivity, and empowerment, Trovo’s key features, including its Trovo 500 and Trovo Play programs, enable better discoverability for all, support streamer growth and monetization, and serve communities with diverse backgrounds.

VALORANT Champions 2021 runs from 1st to 13th December 2021. More information about VALORANT Champions 2021 here

Game On: Wizards of the Coast and Riot Games Make Magic with Crossover Magic: The Gathering Secret Lair x Arcane

Wizards of the Coast, a division of Hasbro, Inc (NASDAQ: HAS) today announced two new Magic: The Gathering Secret Lair drops in a crossover with Riot Games celebrating the launch of Arcane: League of Legends, the brand-new animated series set in the League of Legends universe. These time-limited drops will be on sale November 29 through December 23 and available in both foil and non-foil sets of Magic: The Gathering cards that will all be revealed in the coming weeks, following the completion of the animated series.

“We’re thrilled to collaborate with Riot Games on two Secret Lair drops to celebrate the launch of the League of Legends animated series, Arcane,” said Chris Cocks, President of Wizards of the Coast. “Bringing fan-favorite brands into the Magic Multiverse is an exciting way for us to bring Magic to life in bold new ways for lifelong fans and first-time players.”

Fans received a sneak peek at some of the Secret Lair x Arcane cards today, including specially curated Magic: The Gathering lands capturing locations and key moments from the animated series like Piltover, the Undercity, and more.

“In RiotX Arcane, we looked for ways to bring the fandom of Arcane beyond the digital screen and into something you could hold in your hands,” said Brandon Miao, Cross-Product Experiences and Partnerships Lead, Riot Experience (XP) at Riot Games. “This was an amazing opportunity to collaborate with Secret Lair as we’re huge fans of Magic and admire the long-standing, deep relationship Wizards of the Coast has established with their fanbase.”

Learn more about Secret Lair on the official site. Magic: The Gathering Secret Lair x Arcane and Secret Lair x Arcane: Lands will be available for preorder beginning November 29 for $29.99 (non-foil) and $39.99 (foil).

Game On: Riot Forge launches debut titles and reveals future releases

Riot Forge has revealed that their debut releases Ruined King: A League of Legends Story™ and Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story™, available for purchase today.

Ruined King: A League of Legends Story™ is a single-player turn-based RPG developed by Airship Syndicate (the creators of Battle Chasers: Nightwar and Darksiders Genesis, led by the legendary comic book artist Joe Madureira), available on Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One, PlayStation®4 (PS4™), and PC l;via Steam®,, and the Epic Games Store. The game will be available soon thereafter on PlayStation®5 (PS5™) and Xbox Series X|S. Existing PS4 or Xbox One owners have the ability to upgrade their version for free. This current version is also compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. The story is set in two regions of Runeterra, Bilgewater, a bustling port city that is home to sea monster hunters, dock gangs, and smugglers from across the known world; and the Shadow Isles, a land cursed with the deadly Black Mist which shrouds the island and corrupts those it comes in contact with. In order to defeat a common and mysterious enemy, players will form an unlikely party of beloved League of Legends champions – Miss Fortune, Illaoi, Braum, Yasuo, Ahri, and Pyke.

Hextech Mayhem: A League of Legends Story™ is a new rhythm runner developed by Choice Provisions, creators of the BIT.TRIP series, and is available on Nintendo Switch™, PC via Steam®,, and the Epic Games Store, and available soon via the Netflix mobile app. Set in the League of Legends universe, players must perform bomb-jumps and bomb-attacks to the beat of a toe-tapping soundtrack, to avoid obstacles, disarm enemies, and light fuses for satisfying and explosive chain reactions to achieve maximum mayhem.

Riot Forge also revealed new details about several upcoming releases. Song of Nunu: A League of Legends Story™ will be available in 2022, with developer Tequila Works today unveiling the first look at gameplay via a featurette here. This heartwarming single-player adventure game coming to Nintendo Switch™, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PS4™, PS5™, and PC via Steam®,, and the Epic Games Store. features beloved champions Nunu and Willump as they embark on an epic journey to find Nunu’s long-lost mother.

CONV/RGENCE: A League of Legends Story™, a single player 2D action platformer that features time control from Double Stallion will also be available next year and the team showcased gameplay during a new featurette. Riot Forge also teased a forthcoming game that takes place in the Demacia region.

Game On: Arcane comes to Wild Rift with Guild vs Guild online events

In celebration of the release of Riot Games’ first animated series Arcane, Riot Games Southeast Asia is bringing the excitement and suspense directly to Thai, Filipino and Indonesian players with a series of League of Legends: Wild Rift Guild vs Guild online events. Community members will have an opportunity to join the Guild of their favorite creators to battle in an epic showdown to win Wild Cores and Wild Rift swag.

Arcane premiered on 7 November 2021 and is based on the world behind League of Legends, and dives into the delicate balance between the rich city of Piltover and the seedy underbelly of Zaun. Known across Runeterra as the “city of progress,” many of the most brilliant minds call these cities home. But the creation of hextech, a way for any person to control magical energy, threatens that balance. 

To bring the tensions and suspense of Arcane to life, Riot has lined up an exciting community competition for players in Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia through Wild Rift’s new Guilds feature.  

“The best way to play Wild Rift is to play with friends! We hope the Guilds feature can allow players and fans to build deeper connections with like-minded community members within the game. We’re excited to bring the series of Wild Rift Guild vs Guild online events to players in Thailand, Philippines and Indonesia as we celebrate Arcane, our very first animated series. We hope this community tournament inspires more players to create and join Guilds with their friends and family. And we look forward to seeing more Guild vs Guild competitions in the future!” said Justin Hulong, General Manager, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan, Riot Games SEA. 

The Wild Rift Guild vs Guild online events will be led by Whatthejes and Elizent in Thailand, Buunja and Gloco in the Philippines, and Kurohiko, Lexandrom, Daisyree, and NostalGian Gamer in Indonesia. Fans will have the opportunity to join the Guild of their favourite influencer and go head-to-head in a series of Wild Rift tournaments against their opponents. 

Influencers will be recruiting players for their Guilds via their social media channels. Keep an eye on their social pages below for information on how to apply to join their Guilds:

Whatthejes (Thailand)Facebook: (Thailand)Facebook:
Buunja (Philippines)Facebook: (Philippines)Facebook:
Kurohiko (Indonesia)Instagram: (Indonesia)Instagram:
Daisyree (Indonesia)Instagram: Gamer (Indonesia)Instagram:

The competition will run from 26 – 27 Nov 2021.The winning influencer and team will receive Wild Cores and Wild Rift swag.

The event will be livestreamed on the influencers’ social channels and will also be available on Wild Rift’s Thailand , Philippines and Indonesia Facebook pages. Fans can tune in to cheer on their favourite team, engage with influencers and win free prizes!

Game On: Riot X Arcane – Undercity Nights Takes Over

Now that Piltover’s elite have wrapped up the Progress Day celebration, it’s time for the undercity to come out to play. Piltover might not see it, but the undercity is just as vibrant as topside in its own unique way. You’re about to see it first hand. Welcome to Undercity Nights! With two acts of Arcane out now, the finale is coming up quicker than a Firelight’s hoverboard. While you wait, we‘ll have new content, more events, and plenty of shimmer-infused surprises from November 14-20. The week of Undercity Nights culminates in a two-day live broadcast, community celebration that brings the undercity to life on November 19 and 20, with Arcane’s Act 3 release as the marquee event.

VALORANT’s newest Agent finally makes his appearance on November 16. If Chamber wasn’t already intimidatingly-handsome enough, his tattoos literally turn into guns.

In League, Preseason 2022 comes to the Rift with the debut of new items, an Inspiration Keystone, Objective Bounties, and Hextech and Chemtech Drakes. And don’t forget you can earn Arcane Vi by playing three games or winning one!

Over in TFT, the meta for Set 6 is settling a bit and all the Chemtech synergies are perfect to get you into the mood for Undercity Nights. On November 17 we’re introducing Double Up, a new game mode where you can play with a buddy and share the experience of rerolling all your gold in search of that crucial Viktor to lock in your comp.

The power of Hextech was so strong it also spread across the gaming world as Fortnite, PUBG MOBILE, and Among Us saw an injection of Arcane energy. Make sure to check out these games and see how Arcane shows up across the universe.

And finally, the World of RiotX Arcane has evolved one last time. There are more conversations, minigames, and, of course, rewards for you to explore as you delve deeper into the experience during Undercity Nights. Make sure you find all the rewards before November 30!

● Legends of Runeterra: Hold the Applause Icon
● VALORANT: Fishbones Spray
● League of Legends: Arcane Ward
● Teamfight Tactics: Zaun City Rooftop Arena

The second phase of Undercity Nights will show you how the undercity gets down with a two day broadcast, featuring live competitions and more. Both days of the broadcast will be costreamable to all content creators and watchable on Twitch and YouTube. And if you want another chance at earning the Twitch Drops from Arcane’s Premiere, you can during this broadcast. For more details on how to earn Twitch Drops, read this Player Support article! Secret Cinema’s live Arcane experience is kicking off the Undercity Nights broadcast on November 19. Content creators from around the world will join a chembaron faction and wrestle for control of the all-important shimmer supply in an original Arcane storyline.

In the undercity, only the strong survive. Competition isn’t just a specialized hobby in The Lanes, it’s a way of life. So if you aren’t good at something, you better get good quick. In that spirit, we’re holding the Riot Gauntlet.

On November 20, streamers and Rioters will battle head-to-head in the final stages of the Riot Gauntlet. Competitors will play a full slate of Riot’s games to answer once and for all the question nobody was really asking: Who’s better, streamers or devs? We’ll settle it live on Twitch and YouTube during Undercity Nights. The winners will get to donate their share of $100,000 from Riot to the global charity of their choice! During the show, you’ll go behind the scenes and have some of your questions answered by the creators of Arcane and your favorite games.

Game On: Among Us x Arcane Cosmicube – Arcane Characters Now Available in Among Us in the First Ever Cosmicube Partnership

Riot Games is excited to work with Among Us on an official collaboration to celebrate the launch of Riot’s first animated TV series, Arcane League of Legends, that premiered on Netflix on 7 November. Fans now have the opportunity to play as their favorite Arcane character in Among Us through the first ever Cosmicube partnership. The Arcane Cosmicube is out now on all platforms until December 31, 2021. Arcane is the first TV series based on the League of Legends universe and follows the origins of two iconic League champions, and the power that will tear them apart.

Through this collaboration, players will have access to some fan favorite champions, hats and skins from the League of Legends franchise like Heimerdinger, Jayce, and Caitlyn. Also, Heimerdinger’s absolutely adorable Poro pet. The full list of cosmetics you can obtain include:

● Heimerdinger’s Hair
● Heimerdinger’s Moustache
● Heimerdinger’s Suit
● Heimerdinger’s Poro
● Enforcer Helmet
● Enforcer Armor
● Caitlyn’s Cap
● Caitlyn’s Uniform
● Vi’s Hair
● Vi’s Clothes
● Jinx’s Hair
● Jinx’s Goggles
● Jinx’s Clothes
● Jayce’s Hair
● Jayce’s Council Suit
● Chomper
● Claggor’s Goggles

These items are available through Among Us’ Cosmicube system. Cosmicube is an unlockable
cosmetics system within the game. Players can purchase a themed Cosmicube, activate it to
obtain Pods through gameplay, and use those Pods to unlock cosmetics via a branching path
system within the Cosmicube. All cosmetics are purely visual and do not have any effect on
gameplay or gameplay options.

The Arcane Cosmicube is out now on all platforms until 31st December 2021. Once players have purchased the Cosmicube, the ability to unlock the cosmetics inside it and the items will be available forever. More information available here