BENITA : There is a growing female player base in VALORANT, and the ecosystem’s most prominent tournament, Game Changers, is a testament to the game’s and esport’s continued success. At this very moment, eight of the greatest teams in the world are in Berlin, Germany, fighting for the first ever Game Changers Championship on LAN, with a total prize pool of $500,000.
New Shopify Rebellion member and experienced player Benita “bENITA” Novshadian spoke with Dot Esports after yesterday’s inaugural win over Guild X about her hopes for the 2019 Game Changers. Her natural progression will be to participate in LAN competitions for North American Game Changers.
bENITA told Dot Esports, “I appreciate that Brazil is performing its [Game Changers] on LAN.” As far as I’m concerned, NA has earned it. Now, I believe that all [NA Game Changers] must be present on LAN.
Series one and two of Game Changers Brazil 2018 were held on LAN in the Riot Games Brazil Studio in Sao Paulo, which will also play home to the VCT 2023 Kickoff event in February. The only team this year with significant LAN experience, Team Liquid Brazil won both games and has already clinched a top-three position at the Game Changers Championship.
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Brazil’s achievement in Berlin wasn’t the only indication that LAN play had contributed to their victory. Juliano, Mimi, and Petra, the backbone of the G2 Gozen team, have been playing first-person shooters competitively for close to a decade and have competed in thousands of LAN matches. They also placed in the top three in Berlin.
Shopify Rebellion’s bENITA
The Game Changers Championship is a reflection of the passion VALORANT fans have for any kind of professional LAN event. Already, Esports Charts data shows that the event has broken all previous records for peak views, hours watched, and average viewers for any Game Changers event.
Even yet, bENITA acknowledged the scene’s progress: “A 500K LAN? Can things get any better than that? Just incredible.
It has been incredible so far, but maybe the best is yet to come.