Tencent Is Planning a Valorant League as Gaming Crackdown Eases in China
Tencent is planning to host a Valorant esports tournament as the FPS game rolls out in China, following a two-year industry crackdown. Talks are in their initial stages and Tencent could push back its timeline from its predicted summer window. A Valorant league should help kickstart competitive online gaming in China after pandemic restrictions and a clampdown on yout...
Tencent is planning to launch a Valorant esports league when the hit shooter title debuts in China this year, one of the strongest signs yet that the country's internet giants are getting back to business after a two-year industry crackdown.
Tencent unit TJ Sports has held discussions with top Chinese esports players in recent days about setting up the competition, people familiar with the matter said. It could kick off a tournament over the summer at the earliest as Tencent rolls out the game domestically, one of the people said, asking to not be identified discussing private information.
Talks are in their initial stages and Tencent could push back its timeline, the people said. But a Valorant league will help reboot competitive online gaming in China after a two-year lull when pandemic restrictions and Beijing's clampdown on youth addiction chilled the world's largest gaming arena.