October 23, 2020
TALON X RIOT GAMES (EN)
Riot Games Southeast Asia Appoints Talon as Official Partner for VALORANT Esports in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Collegiate League in Hong Kong.
Riot Games Southeast Asia has appointed Talon as an official partner for its 2021 VALORANT Esports and Collegiate circuit for Hong Kong and Taiwan. Talon will work with Riot Games Southeast Asia to roll out official esports and collegiate tournaments to cover:
Esports for Hong Kong
Collegiate for Hong Kong
Esports for Taiwan
Talon will become the exclusive tournament operator for VALORANT offering teams of all levels to compete for larger tournaments throughout 2021. As a collegiate partner in Hong Kong, Talon will work in partnership with local and international institutions to develop opportunities for aspiring students wishing to pursue a professional esports career.
Prior to the 2021 circuit, Talon will also host VALORANT First Strike, the first official competitive tournament to crown regional champions. The top eight teams will face each other in the First Strike Finals from December 3 - 6. The appointed registration dates for Hong Kong and Taiwan region starts on November 1 at http://talon.gg/firststrike
Qualifiers for First Strike: Hong Kong & Taiwan will run for two weekends starting on November 21-22 and 28-29. Registration for this 64-team qualifier event will be based on a first come first served basis. Teams will be placed randomly within four groups, each containing 16 teams. Four teams will be invited to the tournament and seeded directly into groups. Qualifiers will feature a double elimination format with all matches running Bo1s. For more information regarding rules, please head over to our events page at http://talon.gg/firststrike
This is a fully online tournament with a live broadcast scheduled for December 3-6 in both Mandarin and Cantonese on Talon’s Twitch and Facebook channels.
The VALORANT First Strike tournament presents a total cash prize pool of US$20,000, to be split amongst the top eight teams of the competition.
Since its release, VALORANT has become one of the fastest growing esports, attracting massive online viewership and the commitment of numerous established professional players from a wide range of competitive backgrounds, as well as emerging discovered talent. To support the growth of VALORANT esports, Riot Games partnered with more than 20 premier event organizers to launch the VALORANT Ignition Series, delivering numerous tentpole competitions that attracted the attention of millions of fans. During the past six months, hundreds of VALORANT tournaments have taken place across a wide range of formats, awarding more than $1 million in prizes to teams and players all over the world.
About Riot Games:
Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world. In 2009, Riot released its debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim. League has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports.
As League enters its second decade, Riot continues to evolve the game while delivering new experiences to players with VALORANT, Legends of Runeterra, Teamfight Tactics, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and multiple work-in-progress titles, while exploring the world of Runeterra through multimedia projects across music, comic books, TV, and more. Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, Riot is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 2,500+ Rioters in 20+ offices worldwide.
About Talon Esports:
Established in 2017, Talon Esports is an esports organization founded by Sean Zhang and Jarrold Tham and headquartered in Hong Kong. The organization has teams competing in League of Legends, Arena of Valor, Overwatch, Rainbow 6, Clash Royale, Tekken 7 and Street Fighter V. Talon Esports won the Pacific Championship Series Spring Split 2020. Talon also represented the PCS at Worlds 2020 in Shanghai as PSG Talon following a partnership with the football giants, Paris Saint Germain, penned prior to the Summer Split. Operating out of Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea and Thailand with creative studios in each location, they are one of the fastest growing teams in Asia Pacific with millions of fans globally. Visit https://www.talon.gg/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for business opportunities.