Nerd Street Gamers, a network for esports events and facilities, reached a new partnership deal on March 9th with Riot Games, developer of League of Legends and Valorant. With this new deal, NSG will expand from handling the first stage of the Valorant Championship Tour in North America to handling all three stages. NSG will also orchestrate the new VALORANT Game Changers Series’ (an initiative by Riot Games to be more inclusive to women and minority genders) first tournament later this month.
Nerd Street’s press release includes reactions to the deal by representatives of both companies.
“Our relationship with Nerd Street Gamers has been a core driver in the growth of the Valorant competitive scene. With the company’s expertise in esports tournament operations, we can distinguish our Valorant tournaments as a force in the industry rooted in high-quality professional-grade opportunities,” said Head of Esports Partnerships at Riot Games NA & OCE Matthew Archambault. “Nerd Street has continuously proved to be a trusted partner and we are excited to extend our relationship with the Champions Tour, and level it up with VCT Game Changers Series.”
“Our focus on consumer access requires that we invest heavily in amateur ecosystem development to increase opportunities for gamers,” said Nerd Street Gamers CEO John Fazio. “Riot’s support of the amateur ecosystem, by fueling these open tournaments, is the largest factor of the success we’re seeing. We are proud to empower them with our competitive infrastructure to execute their vision and reach as many gamers as possible.
Stage 2 of the Championship Tour starts in May, and Open Qualifiers for the Game Changers Series are March 19th. The 5v5 shooter, which was released last year, saw its genesis esports event in December; NSG hosted First Strike’s qualifier tournaments, plus the first North American tournament of the Ignition Series in Summer and the Winter Championship this January. Nerd Street Gamers and Riot Games will further this partnerships’ resume through the next upcoming Valorant competition.