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Cloud9 has officially signed its first all-female professional Valorant team. Team MAJKL became known as the best all-female Valorant roster after it placed first at the Ignition invitational. This tournament was the first high profile all-female tournament that was hosted by Riot Games themselves. The women dominated the tournament by going undefeated and dropping only a couple of rounds in the group stage.
Team MAJKL, now known as Cloud9 White, became the first all-female team picked up by a major organization. European organization GODSENT started the all-female movement in Valorant when they signed their team in May. Valorant has quickly become an outlet for female professional gamers to close the competitive gap.
Cloud9 already has a dominant Valorant squad with young prodigy Tyson “TenZ” Ngo at the helm. TenZ recently became the number one player in North American when Valorant released its ranking system. Cloud9 White will now be another dominant force for Cloud9 in the Valorant competitive scene. Riot Games’ string of competitive tournaments “First Strike” will be another opportunity for the women to compete in. The first qualifier tournament for First Strike begins this week and continues into November.
Cloud9 continue to make advances in esports
Multiple organizations have signed female content creators and streamers, but none have made the same impact as Cloud9. The North American esports organization has always been advocates for the LGBTQ+ community. It changed its logo and release rainbow merchandise during the month of June and much, much more.
Cloud9 White features both transgender and bisexual professional Annie “Annie” Dro. Her addition to the team shows all LGBTQ+ individuals in the gaming scene that their dreams are possible. Hopefully more organizations in the future will be open to signing all-female teams or more females to their organization. We hope also that Riot Games will continue to host all-female tournaments for Valorant in the future.
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Danny Appleford is an esports journalist for Upcomer that started writing for Daily Esports in 2020. He now specializes in articles surrounding League of Legends, Call of Duty, VALORANT and Halo.