Oceanic Valorant is set to be in the hands of LetsPlay.Live (LPL) after the NZ-based tournament organizer won Riot’s tender for the local esports scene in 2021, sources close to the situation have told Snowball.
2021 could be a bright year for Oceanic Valorant despite the region not receiving a direct invite to the Valorant Champions Tour.
A jam-packed schedule on a bigger scale than was seen in 2020 is on the way with LPL reportedly winning the tender to run the major tournament series in Oceania, sources close to the situation told Snowball.
LPL has hosted numerous Oceanic Valorant events across 2020, including the Summer Series, and the Evolution and Challenger leagues.
They have also run local competitions in titles like CS:GO, DOTA 2, Rainbow Six, PUBG, and Rocket League.
The format of the LPL events are unknown at this point in time. Snowball understands that Oceanic teams will have the chance to make the Last Chance Qualifier against North American teams for a slot at Valorant Champions later this year.
With the reported departure of EXO Clan to NA, the local path to Champions through LPL events could potentially free up another spot for an Oceanic team to make it to the World Championship penned for December.
The reported schedule is also expected to be packed all year long with domestic competition. Exact dates and prize pools are not yet known, however.
Snowball Esports reached out to LPL, who declined to comment.