Announced during the VALORANT Champions Tour 2023 LOCK//IN Brazil finals, the Champions 2023 tournament is in Los Angeles, California, United States. This marks the first VALORANT international tournament hosted by the United States. Not only that, but this city is also the hometown of VALORANT’s newest agent, Gekko. The popular American city will contain the best teams across the world playing for the Champions 2023 title.
This is where champions are made.
VALORANT Champions 2023 is coming to Los Angeles in August. It all starts at the Shrine Expo Hall and ends at the Kia Forum. Get the details with Anna and Leo. pic.twitter.com/YhCOrboRnc
— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) March 4, 2023
The history of Champions
The third Champions tournament is coming later this year, with the previous two bringing interesting storylines. Champions 2021, set in Berlin, Germany, was a European battle between Gambit Esports and Acend, with the underdogs Acend winning it all. Champions 2022 in Istanbul, Turkey was a grudge match between LOUD and OpTic Gaming, teams that had fought each other consistently in international tournaments, with the Brazilian team LOUD earning their title.
Now, in 2023, Champions is only going to get crazier with the changes in the league. With franchising, tons of roster changes have led to plenty of superteams in every region. Even with only one tournament completed so far in VCT 2023, nobody knows who could be the next Champions in VALORANT.
Los Angeles the latest Champions host
From 2022 onwards, a recent agent release has tied to where Champions was hosted. After Turkish agent Fade’s release, Istanbul was the location to be. Now, with Gekko’s reveal at the LOCK//IN finals, we have his hometown of Los Angeles as the Champions 2023 spot.
The event starts on Aug. 6, stretching until Aug. 26 with the grand finals. The venues of choice start with The Shrine Auditorium, consisting of the games until the top four teams are decided. After that, the Kia Forum will host the semi-finals and final match of the VCT 2023 season.
Tickets and prices will be revealed over the coming months, so make sure to stay tuned to the VCT’s Twitter account.
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