Red Bull Campus Clutch, the world’s first global university VALORANT competition launches today!

Students from more than 50 countries will represent their campus and battle for victory in a truly global competition for the new esports phenomenon, VALORANT

SANTA MONICA, Calif., January 25th – Red Bull Campus Clutch, the biggest global university esports event to ever take place launches today, offering students a unique opportunity to compete in one of the fastest growing and most talked about games, VALORANT. Sign-ups are opening now to university students in every corner of the globe, offering the ultimate opportunity to shine in VALORANT. The groundbreaking competition challenges players of all levels to team up, represent their campus, and compete on the world stage to make history for their university and country.

New to the global esports scene, VALORANT has fast become one of the most exciting games to watch. In 2020 the disruptive FPS from Riot Games broke the “single-day hours watched record in a single game category” with 34 million hours, according to Twitch. Red Bull Campus Clutch offers a level playing field and a starting point for any up-and-coming VALORANT teams looking to make a name for themselves on the world stage. Teams from more than 50 countries will have the opportunity to develop and prove their skills against players from all over the world, and experience firsthand what it takes to compete like a pro player.

To take part, student teams of five around the globe are invited to sign up to compete across three electrifying phases: the Qualifiers, National Finals and World Final. Qualifiers will take place from February until May 23 across each participating country. All National Champions will head to the prestigious World Final, a once in a lifetime opportunity at esports stardom where they will compete against the world’s finest student VALORANT competitors, and on top of that will win a cutting-edge gaming hub for their university. The team that emerges victorious at the World Final will secure €20,000. In addition, Riot Games, the creators of VALORANT are offering the Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final Winners an exclusive chance to see the biggest stars in VALORANT compete at the upcoming VALORANT Masters event, an official tournament within the 2021 Champions Tour.

As the esports industry continues to thrive, university esports plays a pivotal role in ensuring the ecosystem remains sustainable and provides a much-needed path for new talent to shine. Red Bull Campus Clutch is a new grassroots event that aims to take university esports to the next level by creating a global structure, inviting students to not only represent their campus, but their country, and pave the way for the next generation of esports pro players.

Red Bull Campus Clutch Qualifiers run from February to May 23. Visit the Red Bull Campus Clutch event page to find out more on how to enter and when qualifiers are taking place in your country:

About the Global Partners

Red Bull Campus Clutch is presented in collaboration with such partners as AOC, SteelSeries and Intel. Bringing the event to life, each partner will provide cutting-edge hardware for the esports tournament. Intel, the Gaming PC Partner, will create a limited Red Bull Campus Clutch Edition of the Intel NUC Phantom Canyon for the competition. The official Monitor Partner, AOC will provide top-notch high performance gaming monitors for the event. SteelSeries is the official Peripheral Partner and will equip students with their award-winning gaming headsets, keyboards and mice.

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The Rise of VALORANT

  • VALORANT was one of the most anticipated games releases for 2020
  • It is played in teams of 5 (5v5)
  • The genre is First-Person Shooter (FPS)
  • The game launched on PC in June 2020
  • VALORANT is a competitive 5v5 character-based tactical shooter for the PC developed by Riot Games. VALORANT is a precise and lethal multiplayer game with high-fidelity gunplay, a diverse arsenal of guns, agents with unique abilities, and competitively tuned maps for thousands of hours of play.
  • VALORANT is a free-to-play game and optimized to perform on a wide variety of PC hardware, allowing for a global audience to compete. Demonstrated by the game’s best-in-class game server quality, global infrastructure, and proprietary anti-cheat technology, Riot Games is committed to preserving the core tenets of the tactical shooter genre and upholding the competitive integrity of the gameplay experience.
  • VALORANT quickly established itself as a fan-favorite among the global first-person shooter community after launching its closed beta in April 2020. The game made history on its first day, breaking viewership records with 34 million hours-watched in a single day, and surpassing 1.7 million peak concurrent viewers, a peak concurrent record second only to Riot Games’ 2019 League of Legends World Championship Finals. Over the course of VALORANT’s two-month beta testing period, an average of nearly 3 million players logged on each day to play. Fans also demonstrated their enthusiasm for the shooter by watching more than 470 million hours of VALORANT closed beta streams on Twitch, the world’s leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, and Korean video-streaming service AfreecaTV.
  • Riot Games the developer and publisher for VALORANT recently announced their esports structure for 2021- a three tiered structure called the VALORANT Champions Tour