Irish esports organisation Wylde have announced The A-Games, a new Valorant esports tournament set to take place in Dublin.
The competition features a €5,000 prize pool, with the winning team to receive contracts to become Wylde’s Valorant academy team.
It’s being billed as Ireland’s biggest Valorant tournament ever, and it’s sponsored by Virgin Media.
The A-Games grand final is set for October 2023
The LAN itself will get underway in Dublin on October 18th, while competitors need to be available between October 7th and the 18th. Participants must also be aged 18 or over, and be from Ireland or Northern Ireland.
Registration for The A-Games is open here over the next week, until September 29th 2023.
Content creator Jack Igoe gave a rundown on The A-Games here:
Wylde also said in a post on their website: “Think you have what it takes to compete at the top? Always dreamed of playing on-stage in front of a live audience?
“Wylde and Virgin Media have teamed up to find Ireland’s top Valorant team and to give them the spotlight to showcase their skills, take the throne as Ireland’s top team, as well as a chance to take home their share of the €5,000 prize pool and an academy contract to represent Wylde. Register your interest for your chance to show us that you‘re just built different!”
Wylde added: “Nearly two years ago, Wylde entered the world of Valorant, setting our sights on the highest competitive regional league in Europe: Challengers France.
“We have loved our stay in Valorant Challengers France, hopefully leaving a positive mark on this wonderful community. We remain committed to Valorant, especially grassroots talent. Our journey in Valorant wil continue, this time a little closer to home.”
The news comes a few days after Ireland Esports joined forces with Esports Northern Ireland ‘to empower talent and provide pathways to compete on the international stage’.
Steve Daly, co-founder and CEO of Wylde, is also chair of Ireland Esports.
Dom is an award-winning writer and finalist of the Esports Journalist of the Year 2023 award. He graduated from Bournemouth University with a 2:1 degree in Multi-Media Journalism in 2007.
As a long-time gamer having first picked up the NES controller in the late ’80s, he has written for a range of publications including GamesTM, Nintendo Official Magazine, industry publication MCV and others. He worked as head of content for the British Esports Federation up until February 2021, when he stepped back to work full-time on Esports News UK and offer esports consultancy and freelance services. Note: Dom still produces the British Esports newsletter on a freelance basis, so our coverage of British Esports is always kept simple – usually just covering the occasional press release – because of this conflict of interest.