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VALORANT Launches in China

Game Launches in One of the Biggest Gaming Markets

On July 12th, Riot Games’ esports title VALORANT officially made its debut in China, marking a significant expansion in the game’s global reach three years after its global launch in June 2020. The distribution of VALORANT in China is managed by Tencent Games, the parent company of Riot Games, which is also popular for developing League of Legends. Wagering on the game will be even more exciting, and eSports betting is essential to sportsbook growth as well, so this is a good addition to the game.

The game received approval from the Chinese government’s National Press and Publication Administration in late December 2022, paving the way for its legal distribution in the country. While some users had already been playing the game unofficially through VPNs, the official launch now allows for legal gameplay and opens doors for domestic VALORANT esports tournaments. You can check your sports betting software for the latest updates on tournaments.

VALORANT Launches in China

Riot Games’ Chief Operating Officer, Whalen Rozelle, announced during a press conference on June 28th, coinciding with the Chinese launch date revelation, that the company hopes to welcome China into its flagship tournament series, the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT), by 2024. With such a large new player base, VALORANT will surely enjoy a large popularity for more years to come. China is, after all, one of the largest gaming markets in the world.

Chinese esports organizations have previously received special invitations to recent VALORANT esports events, with China’s Edward Gaming recently finishing in 5th-6th place at VCT Masters Tokyo. Tencent has acknowledged the strategic importance of VALORANT, referring to it as its “most important game published this year” according to Chinese media. If you want more resources on eSports betting, the Georgia Gambling Directory can help you.

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