Andrew Tate incident ends G2’s bid for ‘Valorant’ partnership slot

For months, G2 Esports has sought a foothold in North America, contacting the region’s top players and coaches about potentially working for the team. By Sept. 14, a week before developer Riot Games was scheduled to announce its slate of partnered teams for its “Valorant” esports league, the Berlin-based esports organization appeared certain it had … Read more

‘Valorant’ partnership turmoil clouds Optic’s future, yay says

ISTANBUL — On Saturday evening in Turkey, Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker was riding a high. The esports athlete — whose performances have earned him the nickname “El Diablo” and frequent incredulous invocations of his eye-watering stats by live stream broadcast talent — had just led his team, OpTic Gaming, to victory over the South Korean team … Read more

LOUD wins ‘Valorant’ world championship, defeating OpTic in Istanbul

ISTANBUL — In front of an audience of millions, the Brazilian esports team LOUD defeated North America’s OpTic Gaming in the capstone event of the 2022 Valorant Champions Tour on Sunday, marking the first victory for LOUD on the international stage. The grand final treated fans in Volkswagen Arena in Istanbul to a 3—1 slugfest, … Read more