It was quite an exciting time for the South Asian Valorant scene when the highly anticipated Phase 2 (SCS) of the Skyesports Championship Series was announced a few weeks ago.

As we enter Stage 2 of the Valorant Champions Tour 2022, SCS will be the ticket to Stage 2 APAC Challengers for all aspiring teams from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Bangladesh.

In a chat with Sportskeeda Esports’ Abhishek Mallick, Shiva Nandy, Founder and CEO of Skyesports, discussed how the partnership with Riot Games came about, his expectations for SCS Stage 2, and what the organization is going for. do it differently from the previous qualifier VCT in South Asia.

He also explained why the organization will be hosting the Valorant event in Chennai and what other events fans can look forward to.

Here is an excerpt from the interaction.


Shiva Nandy on Road to Valorant Champions Tour 2022 and Skyesports Championship Series Phase 2

Q. Shiva, there must be quite an exciting atmosphere at Skyesports as you will be the one hosting VCT Stage 2 South Asia. Tell us a bit about the genesis of this partnership with Riot Games.

Shiva: Personally, I’ve always admired what Riot Games has created with League of Legends esports. While the MOBA couldn’t catch on in India, I was very excited when Valorant was announced as the FPS title had the potential to become a favorite among Indian and South Asian esports fans – and it is exactly what is happening.

We supported grassroots competitions for Valorant from the start and created the city-based Skyesports League, with the game featuring the best Indian players.

Riot has always supported our tournaments, so it was only a matter of time before we hosted an official one. The team couldn’t be more excited to run the Skyesports Champions Series, and I thank Riot for entrusting us with this task.

We are also extremely proud that one of our Home IPs is giving South Asian players a direct chance to represent the region internationally at VCT Stage 2.


Q. Tell us a bit about the support system you will be looking to introduce for the Valorant event? What are some of the things you would do differently from previous Valorant Conquerors Championship events?

Shiva: SCS Phase 2 has more teams from the previous South Asian VCT qualifier. This gives more players longer exposure in the spotlight and will also help emerging underdogs gain experience, gain confidence and even possibly challenge for the title.

We at Skyesports are excited to bring you the Official VCT Stage 2 SA Challengers! A golden opportunity for teams from the South Asian region to represent themselves on the VCT Global circuit! South Asia! It’s time. For. To go up!@playVALORANTSa #Valorant #Esports #South Asia https://t.co/9dKQWUpQre

The biggest difference, however, is that the third phase, the playoffs, will take place as a LAN event. We will be transporting all teams to Chennai to compete in the SCS Qualifiers in front of a live audience if the COVID situation permits, of course. We have a lot of plans in store for this LAN, and it will definitely be a benchmark for South Asian esports.


Q. While cities like Delhi and Mumbai have seen major tournaments, this may be the first time a competition of this scale will be held in Chennai. How are the preparations progressing?

Shiva: Skyesports is based in Chennai and we are looking forward to having the teams here in our city. We have a lot of local fans and the city also has a large esports audience that has been waiting a long time for an event like this to happen. I’m glad we can be the ones to bring it to them.

We heard you all! Player Cams ✅ Crowd Cams ✅ Team Flags ✅ Super Fans ✅ Val’Clasico on LAN ✅✅✅✅ AMD Skyesports Souvenir Mumbai 2022 – The Legacy is LIT🔥📺: youtu.be/nMAf9KL1_hg https://t.co/P67tM2Kuyj

Another big reason to bring the competition to Chennai was that the VCT Stage 2 APAC Challengers will start shortly after the end of SCS on June 5th. The city offers one of the best pings in South Asia for teams competing on Singapore and Hong Kong servers. , which will be used for the APAC Challengers.

As the APAC Challengers are due to start very soon after SCS, we wanted to reduce player travel and help them settle in Chennai to represent South Asia internationally with a super ping.


Q. What can the public expect most from the event?

Shiva: I don’t know what I can divulge at this time, but fans can expect a lot. Continuing the AMD Skyesports Souvenir Live Audience, we will also be allowing an audience to attend the SCS Playoffs to cheer on their favorite team. This will be possible if the COVID-19 situation allows it.

We also do a lot of video shoots for the SCS with the players, which also includes a music video. We will also have live performances during the SCS Playoffs.

Overall, fans can expect a lot in SCS.


Q. What do you think of Riot Games’ roadmap for 2023, as well as the program of initiatives they will launch for partners that include regional teams as well as national leagues?

Siva: Riot is making Valorant esports even better in 2023 with international leagues, domestic leagues, and partner programs. I am very happy with the announcement because it announced something for everyone.

Expanded domestic leagues and competitive in-game experience will help grow the game from the grassroots level. The three international LANs and long-term team partnerships will give Valorant’s best organizations and players something to look forward to.

Esports organizations play a vital role in growing the competitive esports scene, and these partnerships will further entice them to invest in Valorant while also being supported by Riot.


Q. Besides the VCT Stage 2 South Asia event, what other exciting tournaments can Skyesports fans look forward to in 2022?

Siva: We recently announced the launch of our new IP, the Skyesports Souvenir. After the first edition in Mumbai, we will be bringing it to cities across India including Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, etc. It’s something that really excites us.

Fan support at AMD Skyesports Souvenir, Mumbai 2022 was in high spirits. That’s what it’s about. You come to encourage your teams and make esports memorable. Thank you so much to all the fans who came by! 🫰You are all precious to us🫰#LegacyBegins #LANisBack https://t.co/FgOOf12gYA

Other than that, we are looking forward to the Skyesports League and Skyesports Championship 4.0. Both will be LAN events, and the stakes should be even higher.


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