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At the end of every Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) season, the fan-favorite VALORANT Champions event takes place. This is a special tournament in the VALORANT esports world and has been known in the past to experience peak viewership numbers of 1 million+. 

Back in 2022, the Grand Final between LOUD and OpTic (which saw LOUD win 3-1) attracted 1,505,804 viewers across all platforms, which was a record-breaker for VALORANT Champions. In 2023, the hype is real — and you can expect the viewership record to be smashed out of the park once again. 

In this guide, you can discover how to watch VALORANT Champions 2023, the teams taking part in the tournament, and lots of other important details. Don’t waste any more time, and dive into the details below!

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What Is the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT)? 

The VCT is an esports tournament series that’s organized by Riot Games. 

Each season, the VCT runs multiple tournaments. At these tournaments, the best VALORANT teams from around the world, including the likes of Cloud9 and LOUD, will take part and compete for the big cash prizes. 

In 2023, the VCT was refreshed and upgraded with a brand-new format. Now, every season is split into 3 international regions: 

  • Americas 
  • EMEA 
  • Pacific 

Each region has its own International League containing 10 teams. Throughout the season, each International League follows a single round-robin format where teams play each other once, with the top 6 teams qualifying for the all-important Playoffs. 

Here are the teams taking part in each International League: 

Americas League

  • 100 Thieves
  • Cloud0 
  • Evil Geniuses 
  • Furia Esports
  • KRÜ Esports
  • Leviatán
  • LOUD
  • MIBR
  • MIBR
  • NRG

EMEA League

  • BBL Esports
  • Fnatic
  • FUT Esports
  • Giants
  • Karmine Corp 
  • KOI 
  • Natus Vincere
  • Team Heratics 
  • Team Liquid
  • Team Vitality

Pacific League

  • DetonatioN FocusMe
  • DRX
  • Gen G 
  • Global Esports
  • Paper Rex 
  • Rex Regum Qeon
  • T1
  • Talon Esports
  • Team Secret 

So, how do teams from each International League qualify for VALORANT Champions? Simple — the top 3 teams qualify for VALORANT Champions 2023. This means that 9 teams from the VCT make it to the season-crowning Championship that fans care about the most. 

VALORANT Champions 2023 (Guide)

The VALORANT Champions 2023 event will take place from August 6 to August 26. It’s a long, action-packed tournament that’ll be filled with plenty of epic moments — so make sure to leave your schedule open. Trust us; you won’t want to miss a second of it. 

Los Angeles has been chosen as the location for VALORANT Champions 2023. The majority of the action will take place at the Shrine Auditorium from August 6 to August 20. Then, the final part of VALORANT Champions 2023 will move to the Kia Forum and will run from August 24 to August 26. 

A total of 16 teams – yep, 16 – will play at VC 2023. The teams will consist of: 

  • 4 teams from Americas League 
  • 4 teams from EMEA League
  • 4 teams from Pacific League
  • 3 teams from China (which will be determined by the Champions CN Qualifier) 
  • The winner of Masters Tokyo 2023 

Where to Watch VALORANT Champions 2023

Now, let’s talk about how you can watch VALORANT Champions 2023. 

VALORANT Champions is expected to be a record-breaking event in terms of prize money and global viewership. The viewership numbers will be especially high (likely somewhere between 1 million and 2 million) because it’s super easy to stream the action. 

How? Here are the available platforms you can use to watch VALORANT Champions 2023: 

  • Twitch (VALORANT)
  • YouTube (@PlayVALORANT) 

Also, your favorite content creators will be doing live watch-alongs of VALORANT Champions 2023. This way, you can see their reactions in real-time to the matches taking place, which is a lot of fun. 

To stay ahead of the game, make sure you download Twitch and YouTube to your smartphone or other preferred streaming device before August 6 2023. 

How to Buy Tickets for VALORANT Champions 2023 

Soon, you’ll be able to purchase tickets for VALORANT Champions 2023 from However, sales have yet to open for the Los Angeles event, so you’ll have to wait a little longer before they go live. Make sure that you save the event to your interests so that you can get notified when ticket sales are available. Remember, thousands of fans will be racing to buy tickets (and they’ll all sell out within minutes), so you’ll need to be ultra-fast! 

Place Your Bets on VALORANT Champions 2023

When VALORANT Champions 2023 is underway, and the matches are happening live, you might want to join in the fun and bet on VALORANT Champions 2023. Anyone above the legal gambling age can do this by creating an account with Thunderpick — an online eSports betting site. 

Through Thunderpick, you can place standard and cryptocurrency bets on any of the VALORANT teams taking part in VC 2023. For example, if you’ve got some Bitcoin you want to use, you can place some Bitcoin bets on the action. 

VALORANT Champions 2023: Teams

The teams qualified for VALORANT Champions 2023 are: 

  • Evil Geniuses (Americas League)
  • NRG (Americas League)
  • Lous (Americas League)
  • KRÜ Esports (Americas LCQ)
  • Fnatic (Masters: EMEA Top 3)
  • Team Liquid (Masters: EMEA Top 3)
  • FUT Esports (Masters: EMEA Top 3)
  • Giants (EMEA LCQ)
  • Paper Rex (Pacific League)
  • DRX (Pacific League)
  • T1 (Pacific League)
  • EDward Gaming (China Qualifier)
  • Bilibili Gaming (China Qualifier)
  • FunPlus Phoenix (China Qualifier)
  • Natus Vincere (Masters Slot: EMEA LCQ)

VALORANT Champions 2023: Format

The format for VALORANT Champions 2023 has been announced. It will start with 4 groups of 4 teams in a double-elimination format. All matches will be Bo3. After that, the top 2 teams will proceed to the Playoffs. Here teams will play in a double-elimination bracket with a Bo3 format. The Lower Bracket Final and the Grand Final will be played as B05. 

Who Will Win VALORANT Champions 2023? 

Heading into the tournament, some fans believe that LOUD will win again and become back-to-back Champions. However, there’s plenty of talent that will give LOUD a real run for their money. In the meantime, the latest VALORANT odds for the VALORANT Champions 2023 will soon be available on Thunderpick.

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