The following was provided to Inven Global as a press release.
Nerd Street Gamers and Spectacor Gaming are partnering with Riot Games to make the largest all-women VALORANT tournament even bigger – expanding the original one-day, eight-team event to a three-day, twelve-team tournament and raising the stakes from $10,000 to a $50,000 prize pool over the course of September 11-13. In addition to T1 Entertainment & Sports and G FUEL, The Official Energy Drink of Esports®, Riot Games joins the lineup of event sponsors in their latest move to make the FTW Summer Showdown an official VALORANT Ignition Series event.
“The VALORANT Ignition Series is all about showcasing the best talent of our community, and we want to use our platform to celebrate those who do great things," said Anna Donlon, Executive Producer of VALORANT at Riot Games. "Competing as a female in games is a daunting task for many reasons, so when we heard of Nerd Street Gamers’ and Spectacor Gaming’s FTW Summer Showdown, we knew we wanted to throw our support behind the tournament and elevate it to the level of our VALORANT Ignition Series.”
The FTW Summer Showdown features eight amateur, professional, and content creator teams that have been extended an invitation, with an additional four amateur team spots that were secured through a qualifier tournament. GALorants, a women’s VALORANT Discord community, hosted the qualifier tournament on Saturday, September 5, where the winning teams secured a portion of the $1,000 prize pot and the best four teams will face off against top female VALORANT players and streamers in the official $50,000 Showdown taking place September 11-13.
VALORANT fans can tune in to the FTW Summer Showdown competition on Friday, September 11 through Sunday, September 13 starting at 5PM ET each day on twitch.tv/nerdstgamers. Broadcast production and tournament operations will be powered by Nerd Street Gamers.
The FTW Summer Showdown tournament is part of a larger inclusion initiative, FTW: For The Women. Spectacor Gaming launched its women in gaming resource group in 2019 to connect, support, and inspire the growth and advancement of women across all sectors of the gaming landscape. FTW has expanded its partnership with Nerd Street Gamers to help foster a dynamic amateur-to-pro pipeline, furthering its mission to champion an inclusive space for women and their allies by empowering them through networking, professional growth opportunities, and tournaments that help drive the industry forward.
The VALORANT Ignition Series is a global series of tournaments created by Riot Games in partnership with players, teams, content creators and tournament organizers designed to give fans their first taste of high stakes competitive play. The series kicked off in June, and Nerd Street Gamers has powered an array of Ignition Series events, most notably including the T1 x Nerd Street Gamers VALORANT Showdown and FaZe Clan VALORANT Invitational. The FTW Summer Showdown is the first all-women VALORANT tournament to join the Ignition Series lineup and serves as one of the largest prize pools in female esports tournament history.
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