VCT LCQ competition is nearing completion, but that didn't stop the rest of the Valorant world from creating new headlines. Here's what you might have missed this past week.
This week's edition covers news from Aug. 6 - Aug. 13.
- Read more: News Almost Missed Aug. 6
- / Native Gaming released their Game Changers roster, Native Gaming White Native Gaming White Inactive .
- Teal Seam Teal Seam Inactive rounded out their roster with Jonard "Jonaaa6" Penaflor and Hunter "furbsa" Mcmillan. The new roster announcement also marked the end of Binh "Yoshii" Nguyen's time with the team.
- Peyton "BearZ" Miller announced that he had officially departed Native Gaming Native Gaming Inactive and was in search of a new team as a free agent.
- TSM Academy TSM Academy Inactive rounded out their roster with Tyler "sym" Porter.
- UCAM Tokiers UCAM Tokiers Europe Rank #31 parted ways with their roster and head coach Juan "McJuankar" Carlos Mesa Ciruelo. A few days after that announcement, the organization welcomed Mark "aer0z" Ochoa as the team's new head coach.
- / Finest Finest Inactive bid farewell to Ouali "M4CHINA" Manset.
- / Aleksey "slk" Lynksov was announced as the new assistant coach for FNATIC FNATIC Europe Rank #1 .
- Burak "glovee" Yıldırım revealed that he was in search of new opportunities while still under contract with Papara SuperMassive Papara SuperMassive Europe Rank #20 .
- Eylül "Miyori" Sudem Sarıoğlu rejoined the Sangal Rebels Sangal Rebels Inactive active roster.
- Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Rank #11 bid farewell to Toprak "lauress" Kaynak, who joined Parla Esports Parla Esports Inactive to round out their roster.
- / Stars Horizon parted ways with their Game Changers team, Stars Horizon Venus Stars Horizon Venus Inactive .
- / HomE announced that she would be leaving Optix Fem Optix Fem Latin America South Rank #260 admit a myriad of issues and complaints involving coach sirous . Shortly after the announcement, Movistar Optix suspended sirous and launched an investigation into the matter. The day after, the organization dismissed the now-former team coach.
- / With FUSION FUSION Latin America North Rank #1 's exit from the South American LCQ, Jovanni "Jovi" Vera announced that his time with the team had come to a close. Recently, the team also added Legit to their roster.
- / NASR Esports NASR Esports MENA Rank #4 welcomed Arthur "Rarga" Churyumov and A1mly to their team.
Results & Standings
- Astral Clash 2022 winner: Evil Geniuses GC Evil Geniuses GC North America Rank #15 | runner-up: Misfits Black Misfits Black North America Rank #168
- Sakura Cup #8 winner: Misfits Black Misfits Black North America Rank #168 | runner-up: Team Mystic Venus Team Mystic Venus Inactive
- Mystic Singularity Series #1 playoffs winner: Nearest Airport Nearest Airport North America Rank #106 | runner-up: H34DHUNT3RZ H34DHUNT3RZ Inactive
- TLF Series Cup 2022 remaining teams: OXEN OXEN Latin America South Rank #4 , Optix Optix Latin America South Rank #8
- Ignis Invitational playoffs remaining teams: FUSION X FUSION X Latin America North Unranked , FiRePOWER FiRePOWER Latin America North Rank #12
- VCT Game Changers Japan playoffs winner: FENNEL GC FENNEL GC Japan Rank #36 | runner-up: REIGNITE Lily REIGNITE Lily Japan Rank #68
- The Esports Club Challenger Series 8 Main Event remaining teams: Orangutan Orangutan Asia-Pacific Rank #6 , Enigma Gaming Enigma Gaming Inactive , Velocity Gaming Velocity Gaming Inactive
- Masters Pro League Season 2 winner: NASR Esports NASR Esports MENA Rank #4 | runner-up: MLC Esports MLC Esports Inactive
Other News & Rumors
- Jake "Stewie2k" Yip revealed his intentions of competing in professional Valorant on his Twitch stream when asked about his future as a competitor. He announced that he would be stepping away from competitive CS:GO in late July and would be streaming both CS:GO and Valorant for Evil Geniuses.
- / After initial reports last week from Bo "BoDork" Hoogland detailing Robbie "RobbieBk" Boerkamp and Calvin "MAGiK" Spaaij's additions to Sector One Sector One Inactive , the two have reportedly declined the team's offer "due to unforeseen circumstances".
- According to an Aug. 7 report from BoDork, Maru Gaming Maru Gaming Inactive was issued a warning after a member of the roster made sexist comments towards a female team. The member who made the comments was not named, and neither was the female team in question. According to sources in the article, "two members of Maru Gaming have been known to be very controversial."
- Another report from BoDork on Dexerto has revealed that yearly stipends for teams accepted into the 2023 franchised league could go as high as $1.5 million. The article claims that while stipend amounts will vary from region to region, with Asian teams noted as receiving less due to the region's lower operating costs, the minimum fee across all regions is $600,000, and caps out at $1.5 million if certain conditions and deliverables are met. It is expected that Riot will make a decision on the teams for the 2023 circuit ahead of Valorant Champions in September, according to the report.