Portugal's esports industry just took another huge leap forward with the announcement of the VALORANT Challengers League (VCL). This major upgrade of the local competition represents an important historical moment for the country's gaming scene, as Portuguese teams will now have access to European competitions and promotions.
The VALORANT Campeonato de Elite (VALORANT Elite Championship) has officially rebranded to VALORANT Challengers Portugal: Tempest (VCL PT), featuring a new symbol, the wave, an association with the strong winds (rajada) and motto: "We are the indomitable, conquered by no one". The league's calendar now aligns with the European VALORANT Challengers League, running from January to June, with the rest of the year designated as the open off-season. To reflect the higher team demands, the biggest change is now the mandatory company registration in Portugal.
The VCL PT also boasts several improvements in broadcasting quality, including new overlays and an enhanced in-game HUD, courtesy of Inygon. Our partner Worten Game Ring, known for driving League of Legends growth in Portugal, is investing in VALORANT as well and will be the title partner for the first edition of VCL PT.
This upgrade marks the second official Riot Games competition in Portugal, alongside the LPLOL, offering new career perspectives and possibilities for VALORANT fans. The competition has already started, and we invite everyone to join us in supporting our teams by following the action on the new Twitch channel: Valleague_pt. The future looks bright for VALORANT in Portugal, and we can't wait to see how it develops in the years to come.
João "Wlfz" Cício, Managing Director
Esports and auto esports aficionado, strategic thinker, entrepreneur, computer science engineer, marketing and corporate strategy master, and business administration PhD candidate.