Blast has partnered with Riot Games to bring back the Spike Nations Valorant tournament for a second instalment this month, and Team UK has been revealed.
The three-day online tournament features 12 EMEA-based teams made up of professional esports players, popular gaming personalities and streamers, each representing their nation or region, with €60,000 donated to charitable causes. It takes place from October 7th to 9th 2021.
Blast has revealed the teams today, and Team UK features Guild Esports content creator SoMarcus, Rix.GG Lightning in-game leader Jupi (who recently reached the final of VCT Game Changers EMEA Series 1), streamer Karagii (who recently joined T1), Fnatic in-game-leader Boaster and his teammate Mistic.
Team UK has been placed into group two, with Poland, Spain and DACH, aka Germany (D), Austria (A), and Switzerland (CH).
Blast announced the other team line-ups on the Blast Valorant Twitter page today.
The tournament will create opportunities for funds to be raised.
The tournament consists of three groups of four. The top two teams in each group will progress to the final knockout stage, and Valorant’s latest map addition Fracture will also feature in the tournament.
The full list of nations competing is as follows:
- Team United Kingdom
- Team France
- Team Spain
- Team Portugal
- Team Nordics
- Team Poland
- Team Turkey
- Team CIS
- Team Italy
- Team DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
- Team Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)
- Team Eastern Europe
Leo Matlock, VP of Commercial at Blast, said: “Welcoming back Spike Nations for a second year is testament to how well the inaugural event in 2020 was received by the Valorant community.
“We’ve made some exciting additions to the tournament, added new teams made up of more nations than before. We can’t wait to rekindle old rivalries and create fun storylines for fans to enjoy.”
Felix Morgan, Valorant product lead for Europe, added: “After hearing such positive feedback from both creators and fans during last year’s Spike Nations event, this year we’re partnering with Blast to deliver something even bigger and better.
“We’ve got some great surprises in store and feel confident that this year will deliver an even better fan experience. We can’t wait to see our country teams battling it out for a good cause.”
The broadcast talent for Spike Nations has also been revealed, featuring UK talent Iain Chambers, Geometric and more:
Last year’s first ever Spike Nations took place in November, with 10 teams competing against each other. The final saw Team Portugal beat Team UK 2-0.
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