Europe, the Middle East and Africa will again host a Game Changers circuit for all-women VALORANT teams in 2022. The EMEA Game Changers circuit will have three tournaments, with the the first starting in January, and it will introduce another tournament series Game Changers EMEA Academy. Other Game Changers tournaments will be held in May and September.
Game Changers Academy will function much like it does North America. The new tournament series will feature up to six tournaments, according to a press release provided to Upcomer.
The tournament dates for the Game Changers Circuit will run parallel to the main EMEA VALORANT Champions Tour, as to not overlap tournament dates. This will allow for teams to participate in both the all-women tournaments and the main circuit.
The top teams from the three main tournaments will qualify for the Global Game Changers LAN tournament, which will take place in November of 2022.
The last European Game Changers event saw 58 teams compete and more organizations have started signing women VALORANT squads.
The last winners of the 2021 tournament circuit were TENSTAR Nova, for Series I and II, along with G2 Gozen in the final event Series III.
In a press conference for the EMEA VALORANT Champions Tour 2022 circuit, Riot Games confirmed that it will not change its policies surrounding inclusion for EMEA Game Changers. Unlike North American and other regional tournament series, the EMEA rulebook does not allow for other marginalized genders or identities to participate in these events, as first reported by Dot Esports.
As of the time of publishing, details have not been released for the international LAN within Game Changers. But, the tournament will feature teams from North America, EMEA, South East Asia, Brazil and potentially more regions as Game Changers expands.
The tournament is set for November, which is after VALORANT Champions 2022, in between the circuits off period that will allow for third-party tournaments to run until the circuit picks up again in 2023.
More information about the specifics for each event will be revealed later, according to Riot Games.