Valorant goes to university with Red Bull Campus Clutch



Outside of the esports world, Valorant is still a bit of an unknown quantity. It doesn’t quite have the instant name recognition of, say, League of Legends. (Part of the problem there might be that no one is exactly certain what “Valorant” means or how it’s pronounced.)

Nonetheless, the multiplayer tactical first-person hero shooter has created considerable buzz since Riot Games launched it last June. For example, Twitch tells us that Valorant broke the “single-day hours watched record in a single game category” with 34 million hours.

That ain’t bad, but Valorant is about to get a major high-profile boost with the launch of Red Bull Campus Clutch. That’s right: Red Bull, university students, and video games. If you can think of a more fortuitous combination, please tell us in the comments.

Red Bull is touting Campus Clutch as “the biggest global university esports event to ever take place”. While we have no way of verifying that, we’ll just go ahead and take their word for it.

Three electrifying phases

One thing we can tell you for sure is that if you’re a university student and you have four friends who love to play Valorant as much as you do, you can sign up to compete across three electrifying phases: the Qualifiers, National Finals and World Final. We know they’ll be electrifying because the press release from Red Bull said so.

The Campus Clutch Qualifiers start in February and run until May 23. “All National Champions will head to the prestigious World Final, a once in a lifetime opportunity at esports stardom where they will compete against the world’s finest student VALORANT competitors, and on top of that will win a cutting-edge gaming hub for their university,” Red Bull tells us. “The team that emerges victorious at the World Final will secure €20,000.”


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