VCT Game Changers EMEA 2024: Riot’s Strategic Expansion to 10 Teams

VCT Game Changers EMEA 2024: Riot’s Strategic Expansion to 10 Teams

15. December 2023 by Valentin Pasetti

Riot Games has announced a significant format change for the VCT Game Changers EMEA 2024 season, expanding to include 10 teams. This shift underscores Riot’s commitment to increasing player visibility and enriching the competitive experience in the EMEA region.

Key Highlights of the Format Change

  • Focus on Player Development: Ashley Washington, Head of Game Changers EMEA, emphasized the goal to guide players through the Game Changers program, enhancing their overall experience.
  • No Partnership System: Unlike some other leagues, Riot does not intend to emulate a partnership system, focusing instead on an open, dynamic competitive environment.

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Introduction of New Qualifiers

The upcoming VCT Game Changers EMEA will feature the GC EMEA Kickoff, including an Open Qualifier and a subsequent Closed Qualifier.

  • Open Qualifier: Involving 128 teams in a single-elimination format, fighting for four spots in the Closed Qualifier.
  • Closed Qualifier: Top-performing rosters from the previous year’s GC Stage 3 join the four teams from the Open Qualifier, competing in a double-elimination bracket. The top eight teams will advance to the initial stage of 2024.

Contenders Format and Relegation System

The Contenders segment will see changes in 2024:

  • Structure: Contenders will comprise 30 teams, including regional tournament invitees, open qualifier winners, and two relegated teams from GC EMEA Stages 1 and 2.
  • Promotion System: The top two teams from Contenders will earn promotion back into GC EMEA for the subsequent Stage 2 or 3.

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Enhanced Coverage and Co-Streaming

Riot aims to bolster the status of the competition with increased co-streams and coverage. The focus is on turning Contenders into a prestigious tournament that highlights player skills and offers fans an engaging viewing experience.


2024 Season Schedule

  • Open Qualifier: Begins on Jan. 26
  • Closed Qualifier: Starts on Feb. 3

The changes set the stage for an exciting and dynamic year of VALORANT competition in the EMEA region.

More Teams and a New Structure

The VCT Game Changers EMEA 2024 season’s new format promises to elevate the competition to new heights. With more teams, a refined qualifier system, and enhanced coverage, Riot Games is set to deliver an unforgettable competitive experience for both players and fans.