MINESKI Philippines (PHL) has been tapped as one of the partners of Riot Games Southeast Asia in rolling out the official esports and collegiate tournaments for its 5v5 character-based tactical shooter – VALORANT – in the region.
In an announcement this week, Riot Games said it has appointed partners that will support it as it holds competitions in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
Mineski has been chosen for Philippine esports while it was lumped with AcadArena as separate organizers for Philippine collegiate tournaments.
As an esports partner, Mineski is tasked to organize exclusive tournaments showcasing the highest levels of play, through which aspiring teams will qualify to the largest regional and international VALORANT tournaments.
In its role as a collegiate partner, meanwhile, it will work with the colleges and universities of the region to build up an exciting series of tournaments for students to directly experience the thrill of competition.
Other appointed partners for the region are The Gaming Company for Malaysia Esports and Collegiate, and Singapore Esports; PGL and Eliphant for Singapore Collegiate; Talon for Hong Kong Esports and Collegiate, and Taiwan Esports; Taiwan Mobile and TeSL for Taiwan Collegiate; ESL for Thailand Esports and Collegiate; and ONE Up for Indonesia Esports and Collegiate.
”Players have asked and we’re excited to answer. In Southeast Asia, the appetite for VALORANT esports has been tremendous and we are pleased to partner with the region’s leading esports organizations to introduce new heights of competitive play to the region,” said Chris Tran, Head of Esports at Riot Games Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong, in a statement.
The appointed partners will also run a series of merit-based qualifiers for VALORANT First Strike, a global set of tournaments announced last month.
Registration for it has already started at http://bit.ly/MineskiVxVReg.
Since its release, VALORANT has become one of the fastest-growing esports, attracting massive online viewership and the commitment of numerous established professional players from a wide range of competitive backgrounds, as well as emerging discovered talent. — Michael Angelo S. Murillo