Valorant has announced the 30 teams who will be a part of their Franchising teams in the new system. Earlier, Twitter went berserk trying to figure out which teams would make it. Reports of various teams not making the partnership lead to quite a few shockwaves as well within the industry.
Some teams were shockers to many, and some confused the world. Within the APAC region, there were a lot of cheers from the Indian community of Valorant. This was because Global Esports became the first Indian team to be a part of the league.
But this announcement also had a major ripple effect that could be seen mere minutes after the announcement was made. Nearly all the teams that didn’t get into the list started to disband. There was a lot of celebration from the teams who made it in but the ones who didn’t need to face the harsh reality. As such players from all around the world announced their free agency in the realm of Valorant. Thus leading to the biggest open market for talent and coaches for Franchised Teams all around the world.
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While the likes of certain teams have stated that they will continue to grow and grind to the top. Others have to make the harsh decision to shut down or sell off to another Org. This announcement will be looked back on as the make-it-or-break-it period for Valorant worldwide.
Which well-known teams didn’t make it into VALORANT franchising?
As stated previously the major shocker was that OPTIC Gaming didn’t cut off. As a Valorant team, the organization was the finalist in the recent VCT Champions tournament. While previously won the VCT Masters as well this year. Optic at the same time has one of the best players in the game in Yay. It will be only a matter of time until we see this team consisting of some of the best players in the world disband.
This year, OpTic has emerged as one of the most reliable teams, finishing in the top three at every worldwide LAN they have participated in. They won Masters Reykjavik, came in third at Masters Copenhagen and finished second at Valorous Champions 2022 to cap off their successful campaign.
The other team who didn’t make it while being one of the best teams in the world is FPX. After taking first place at Valorous Champions 2022 and finishing fourth at Masters Copenhagen, FPX established itself as a top-tier squad. They might have been among the best teams at Masters Reykjavik, it could be said.
As the top-seeded team from the EMEA area before the first Master’s competition of the year, FPX punched its ticket to Iceland. FPX was obliged to leave the competition, though, as a result of travel restrictions in Russia and Ukraine.