BLAST has partnered with Riot Games to bring back the VALORANT Spike Nations tournament for a second installment in October (October 7-9).
The three-day online tournament features 12 EMEA-based teams comprised of professional esports players, popular gaming personalities and streamers, each representing their country or region, with € 60,000 donated to charitable causes.
The Spike Nations format will create additional fundraising opportunities and incentives for teams to compete, raising the stakes in the process. Each team will compete for national glory as they compete against each other for three days of VALORING action next month.
The tournament consists of three groups of four. The top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage. VALORANT’s latest card addition, Fracture, will also feature in the tournament.
More information will be announced in the coming weeks on the format, teams, other tournament mechanics and how the € 60,000 will be donated to charity by Riot Games.
The competing nations include:
United Kingdom Team
Team DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
Benelux team (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
Eastern European team
Leo Matlock, Vice President of Commercial at BLAST, said: “The return of Spike Nations for a second year is a testament to the quality of the reception given to the inaugural event in 2020 by the VALORANT community. We’ve made some exciting additions to the tournament, added new teams made up of more nations than ever before. We can’t wait to rekindle old rivalries and create fun storylines for fans to enjoy.
“BLAST has proven itself to be the premier esports tournament organization and we are excited to partner again with Riot Games and create more amazing VALUING experiences for fans who love the game or experience it for. the first time.”
Felix Morgan, VALORANT Product Manager for Europe, said: “After hearing such positive feedback from creators and fans alike at last year’s Spike Nations event, we are partnering this year with BLAST to deliver something even bigger and better. We have some great surprises in store and we are confident that this year will be an even better experience for fans. We can’t wait to see our national teams fight for a good cause.
Last year’s very first Spike Nations took place in November with 10 teams competing against each other. The final saw the Portugal team beat the UK team 2-0