Nerd Street Gamers’ All-Women Valorant Event Upgraded to Ignition Series
We previously discussed the FTW Showdown, Nerd Street Gamers’ All-Women Valorant tournament – and it seems that Riot Games has taken notice of their esport efforts. They’re now going to be included in the Ignition Series, the first All-Female event to do so in the game’s short lifespan.
FTW Showdown Joins the Ignition Series
Nerd Street Gamers has partnered up with Riot Games to make the tournament even bigger, expanding from a one day, eight-team event to 12 teams and three days from September 11-13. The prize pool has grown by five times, from $10,000 to $50,000.
“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.”
Valorant is one of the few esports titles that has a female lead producer, so to see this level of solidarity from Riot is certainly heartening and a good sign.
The Valorant Ignition Series is a global series of tournament created by Riot in conjunction with several teams, players, content creators, and tournament organizers to give fans an early look at Valorant competition. This is before the inevitable tournament circuit or leagues that Riot itself will create. Nerd Street Gamers has actually hosted two events in the Ignition Series already: T1 x Nerd Street Gamers VALORANT Showdown and FaZe Clan VALORANT Invitational.
With a prize pool of $50,000, this stands as one of the largest female esports events in the history of any title, not just Valorant. Eyes will surely be on this event for a number of reasons, but that alone should serve to heighten the stakes quite a bit – even if it does say something not great about the industry that $50,000 is one of the highest rewards in an industry used to rewarding players with millions.
A Big Chance for Female Valorant Pros
Riot’s Ignition Series has highlighted some of the best talent the world has to offer in Valroant thus far. As a result it’s drawn a lot of eyeballs both from prospective teams looking to enter the space, as well as from fans still discovering who their favorite players are in this new title.
Thus, being included in the Valorant Ignition Series is a big opportunity for any player in the FTW Showdown. It’ll be a chance to not only make a name for themselves but also get the attention of scouts of traditionally male-dominated teams, as well as make some significant prize money in the process.
This could be the shot we need to see the emergance of female pros in Valorant on the same level as men, and may even result in some all-women teams getting invited to more traditional Valorant esport events.