Riot Games MENA has unveiled its 2021 semi pro competitive roadmap for the 5v5 character-based tactical shooter, VALORANT, that is set to explore the talents and skills in the region across three seasons.
In partnership with Intel and Logitech, VALORANT Strike Arabia League will feature tournaments in the GCC & Iraq and the Levant & North Africa, and will crown winners that will advance to the LAN finals alongside winners from the Strike Arabia Championship to represent the region on the global stage.
After announcing the start of their pro tour Strike Arabia Championship, Riot Games MENA is further increasing its hold on the regional esports scene by creating a Strike Arabia League that will give players the chance to join the pro teams and represent the region on the global stage. Luciano Rahal, PR & Communications Manager for Riot Games MENA, said: “We have many talented players in the region who do not necessarily have a team. We wanted to give the opportunity to all players to form squads and have a chance to showcase their talents, ultimately giving them the spotlight they deserve.”
The League is important to the ongoing process of building the regional competitive ecosystem, and partnerships with Intel and Logitech are essential to sustain the growth of the industry. Intel has been a main partner to Riot Games MENA and has been a major success factor to the leading esports tournament, Intel Arabian Cup. Logitech is also a key player in the esports scene, and they have been praised for their team sponsorships and their development of esports oriented products that keep player focus first. Fouad Elzarka, Gaming Marketing Manager at Logitech MENA explained “This partnership is a great opportunity for us to showcase the PRO series, our product range designed for and used by pro teams all around the world”.
Strike Arabia League is bringing many changes to how Riot Games MENA have been running tournaments. Unlike the Strike Arabia Championship, the league will see 2 sub regions where the GCC & Iraq will have their own league, and for the first time ever North Africa and Levant will be in the same league together. In addition, Riot Games MENA announced the addition of Palestine as one of the eligible countries to participate in all its upcoming tournaments.
Last month Riot Games MENA announced that Strike Arabia will be divided across 2 different layers: Strike Arabia Championship, which will be the pro tour that is directly linked to the global Champions Tour, and Strike Arabia League, a semi pro roadmap. Following two Strike Arabia Championships and three Strike Arabia Leagues, eight finalists will advance to the next stage and come together in the Strike Arabia Grand Finals, a live event that will crown one regional champion that will go on to the EMEA Last Chance Qualifiers. Riot Games MENA has provided a full breakdown of the rules and tips to guide players through the roadmap, which can be viewed at: www.strikearabia.playvalorant.com