11:26 AM ETTyler ErzbergerESPN Esports CloseStaff writer for ESPN. com
Covered esports since 2011
Worked with biggest teams across titles like League of Legends and StarCraft IIFollow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintVALORANT has lifted off, millions are playing it around the world, and it's time for some esports. In partnership with game creator Riot Games, Twitch will be crowning the first global champions in VALORANT's full release, with more than 300 players competing this weekend to see if they can climb their respective region's mountain for a piece of the overall $200,000 on the line in Twitch Rivals. While events will be happening from Europe to South America to the mecca of esports, South Korea, the marquee event will kick off on June 6, when North America takes the stage. No region has taken the challenge of this Twitch Rivals more seriously than North America, with full starting-fives signed to major organizations entering the competition, setting the tone for a tournament that could be a glimpse into the early future of the competitive landscape in VALORANT. With pros and popular streamers included in 16 teams vying for the North American crown, what else could we do to preview this monumental esports kickoff spectacle but a good old fashioned power ranking?From No.
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