One of the ten Valorant teams from EMEA selected for the VCT 2023 partnership program, Giants Gaming is a lesser-known esports organization that maintains rosters for several competitive video games. The current Valorant roster is made up of various talents, but has yet to compete in any major competition as a team.
Riot Games recently announced the names of all thirty teams that meet the company’s requirements for the partnership program. Several large teams from EMEA and America missed this, causing heartbreak. The American video game developer clarified that the selection process was not based on previous competition performance.
This article introduces one of Riot’s partner teams, Giants Gaming, and details their known past accomplishments and potential in the upcoming 2023 VCT season.
Everything you need to know about Giants Gaming ahead of the 2023 Valorant Champions Tour
Giants Gaming, also known as Vodafone Giants, is a Spanish esports organization founded in 2008. The organization hosts rosters in video games like Call of Duty, League of Legends, Valorant, CS:GO, Mortal Kombat 11, Fortnite, Dragon Ball Z, Tekken, and Street Fighter. Their presence in the LoL esports and fighting game scene is very well known. However, they have yet to make a name for themselves in Valorant.
The Giants’ current Valorant roster is a mix of athletes from different ethnicities, namely:
- Wladyslaw “Kiles” Schwez (Ukraine)
- Tobias “ShadoW” Flodstrom (Sweden)
- Adam “Jesse” Čtvrtníček (Czech Republic)
- Batuhan “russ” Malgaç (Turkey)
- Adolfo “Fit1nho” Gallego (Spain)
Their head coach Oliwer “LATEKS” Fahlander comes from Sweden. Kiles was previously a part of Acend while ShadoW played for FunPlus Phoenix in 2021.
Giants Gaming, like all other selected partners, was scrutinized based on three factors:
- Organizations that share Riot Games’ values of always putting fans first, celebrating diverse communities, and dedicated to supporting professional athletes.
- Organizations with strong followings have built the same through engaging content, a compelling brand, and an exciting list.
- Organizations that show long-term promise and are based on sustainability.
Giants Gaming has seemingly built a strong brand and organization to get Riot Games’ attention. Consisting of three regions, namely Europe, Middle East and Africa, the VCT EMEA league features some of the biggest names on the circuit such as Team Liquid, Fnatic, NAVI and Team Vitality as partners. As announced by Riot Games, the international EMEA division will be based in Berlin.
The pre-season transfer window will start soon, allowing partner teams to source and add new talented athletes to their Valorant rosters. Giants Gaming will likely use the same to build a stronger roster for the VCT EMEA League.
The upcoming VCT 2023 is poised to change the face of Valorant esports forever. The International League will have a separate series of tournaments consisting of a Kickoff Tournament, an International League Split, a Masters, an LCQ and finally a Champions. Unpartnered teams will prove their worth through Challengers Splits and Territorial Promotion Tournaments.
A non-franchisee team from each of the three territories that outperforms its regional competitors is promoted to the international league the following year. Each international league will accept up to 14 members. Unaffiliated teams that are promoted to the league remain in it for two years before returning to Challengers Ascension status.