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Students from more than 50 countries will represent their campus and battle for supremacy in a truly global competition for the new esports phenomenon, VALORANT

Red Bull Campus Clutch, the biggest global university esports event to ever take place launches today, offering students a unique opportunity to compete in one of the fastest growing and most talked about games, VALORANT. Sign-ups are opening now to university students in every corner of the globe, offering the ultimate opportunity to shine in VALORANT. The groundbreaking competition challenges players of all levels to team up, represent their campus, and compete on the world stage to make history for their university and country.

New to the global esports scene, VALORANT has fast become one of the most exciting games to watch. In 2020 the disruptive FPS from Riot Games broke the “single-day hours watched record in a single game category” with 34 million hours, according to Twitch. Red Bull Campus Clutch offers a level playing field and a starting point for any up-and-coming VALORANT teams looking to make a name for themselves on the world stage. Teams from more than 50 countries will have the opportunity to develop and prove their skills against players from all over the world, and experience firsthand what it takes to compete like a pro player.

To take part, student teams of five around the globe are invited to sign up to compete across three electrifying phases: the Qualifiers, National Finals and World Final. Qualifiers will take place from February until May 23 across each participating country. All National Champions will head to the prestigious World Final, a once in a lifetime opportunity at esports stardom where they will compete against the world’s finest student VALORANT competitors, and on top of that will win a cutting-edge gaming hub for their university. The team that emerges victorious at the World Final will secure €20,000. In addition, Riot Games, the creators of VALORANT are offering the Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final Winners an exclusive chance to see the biggest stars in VALORANT compete at the upcoming VALORANT Masters event, an official tournament within the 2021 Champions Tour.

As the esports industry continues to thrive, university esports plays a pivotal role in ensuring the ecosystem remains sustainable and provides a much-needed path for new talent to shine. Red Bull Campus Clutch is a new grassroots event that aims to take university esports to the next level by creating a global structure, inviting students to not only represent their campus, but their country, and pave the way for the next generation of esports pro players.

South African university teams will be able to compete in the local regional qualifiers that will take place in March 2021with the national final to take place in April 2021. Dates and venues to be announced in due course.

Visit the Red Bull Campus Clutch event page to find out more on how to enter here.