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VALORANT Champions Tour announced the VCT Game Changers Series 3 tournament on Friday; competition begins Sept. 24. This time around the event is switching to a new open qualifier format, but will keep the same amount of entrants.

The event, as always, is intended to highlight marginalized genders and communities and will feature the best players from said communities. The third iteration will also give Cloud9 White, who won the two previous events, a chance to cement their legacy as the best women’s VALORANT team of 2021.

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming VCT Game Changers tournament.

VCT Game Changers Series 3 format

Instead of the classic double-elimination open qualifier format, this Game Changers features a five-round Swiss elimination format with best-of-three matches. The Swiss tournament format has teams of similar records facing off in matches until the best teams are decided, in this case over five rounds. After the 32 teams battle it out, the top 16 will enter a double-elimination bracket to decide the eight teams who will compete in the main event.

The main event will continue with same format, an eight-team double-elimination bracket. The bracket matches will be best-of-three games and the grand finals will be a best-of-five matchup. Competition at the main event will start Sept. 30.

Schedule and where to watch

VCT Game Changers will start its open qualifier stage Sept. 24 through 26. There will be a four day break and the main event will kick off on Sept. 30 with the grand finals taking place on Oct. 3. The broadcast is the same as previous Game Changers events, the stream will run across the VALORANT esports Twitch channels as well as Nerd Street Gamers. The event will also be on their YouTube channels.

Registration for the open qualifiers opens Monday and will close on Sept. 20, or whenever 32 teams have registered. To participate, entrants must be a member of the Galorants Discord community and go through Nerd Street Gamers for registration.

The action kicks off for fans and competitors, with the new format, on Sept. 24.


Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter


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