The ESPN Esports VALORANT Invitational will be the ‘most ambitious crossover in esports history’, featuring teams of professional players from seven different game titles.
The VALORANT Invitational will set professional players from seven different titles against one another inside gaming’s newest and most talked-about title. Seven of the largest esports will be represented in the VALORANT Invitational, with the eighth team being the VALORANT devs. Unfortunately, we have yet to see the full rosters for each team, but it’s sure to be a highly-competitive tournament regardless.
- League of Legends (Doublelift, shiphtur, dyrus, imaqtpie, xmithie)
- Rainbow Six
- Apex Legends
- VALORANT Devs
The tournament will take place on April 20-22 at 3:00 PM ET on the ESPN Esports Twitch channel. Once the action begins, matches will be commentated by Jacob Wolf, who makes his first return to casting since 2015. Wolf will be accompanied by his colleague Arda Ocal, ESPN Esports Anchor Interviewer. The team will be rounded out by Kevin Knocke, the CCO at Rogue, and David ‘SIMO’ Rabinovitch, who you may recognize from the VALORANT Esports clips that circulated on social media prior to the start of the Closed Beta.
I believe there are two favorites heading into this tournament, and that is the VALORANT devs, for obvious reasons, and the CS:GO team. The similarities on a fundamental basis are too great for CS:GO players to struggle in this Invitational, the biggest challenge they’ll face will likely be the dev team.
Deep down, and as a PUBG Esports fanboy, I truly believe that the PUBG team will surprise people when it’s all said and done. While they’re currently professional players in PUBG, the best players in PUBG are familiar with and developed their mechanics in Counter-Strike.
Be sure to tune into the action starting on April 20 at 3:00 PM ET over on the ESPN Esports Twitch channel. The games are sure to be an exciting time, and the bragging rights after this tournament will be massive!