But the details surrounding an event of this scale – and for the moment – will inevitably raise questions, especially with an extremely online global fanbase of players. Europe in particular has been the focal point for many of the questions surrounding “Valorant” sports.
During the North American Masters event, Riot allowed certain high-profile content creators, including Ninja, Pokimane and Shroud, to broadcast the stream with their commentary. Many of these streams boast of viewership that is equal to or surpasses the main “Valorant”
The simplest explanation: There is a large audience language in the United States, and many in Europe, where “Valorant” teams are often composed of multilingual players supported by fans from a wide range of countries.
“In Europe, you have many more third-party companies that produce these languages. You also have a lot more languages in general, Jafroodi said. “I think we really want to make sure that when we take steps to expand co-streaming, we do it carefully and in a way that allows each region agency to develop the systems that best suit their region. After all, what works in North America is not necessarily what works in Europe, and not necessarily always in Japan and Korea. “
This is not to say that co-streaming will never reach Europe. (“I think it’s going to take action,” Jafroodi said. “It will only happen on a timeline set by Riot’s team dedicated to the region.
The restrictions on hosting a personal event during the pandemic also forced Riot to tackle the number of teams that would compete for 10. Two of these slot machines were distributed to Europe and Turkey combined, and two to Brazil, which drew ire from some fans who pointed to Europe and Turkey’s larger audiences and competition scene as justification for more slot machines.
“With 10 seats, it was really just a decision that had to be made,” said Jafroodi. “Either Europe had three and Brazil had one, or Brazil had two and Europe had two.”
“We actually have no idea how these regions can be compared to each other,” Jafroodi said. “I know a lot of people have opinions about how good the EU is against NA versus Brazil, but we have not yet seen them actually play. So I think we had to make a decision whether we focused on which region we felt might have been better, or we leaned more towards regional diversity. … I feel very confident in leaning towards regional diversity, learning more information about how well the regions are performing, and then adjusting forward. “
Jafroodi noted that Riot planned to broadcast Iceland Masters in several languages, even though the company had not yet decided whether there would be wheels on site or work from local studios around the world. In both cases, wheels from different regions will be paired in the air to provide expertise on the scenes they are most focused on.
For several months, rumors have been circulating in the North American competition scene “Valorant” around an investigation of match-fixing carried out by Esports Integrity Commission. Many of North America’s “Valorant” pros previously played in the Mountain Dew League, an amateur “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” league. Some players named in online speculation, believed to have participated in match-fixing towards the back end of their “Counter-Strike” careers, also played in the recent North American “Valorant” Masters event.
Although Jafroodi declined to comment on the details of any investigation, he noted that Riot’s quick response to the Sentinels (a team that participated in the last Masters event), and suspended a player in response to allegations of sexual abuse, was evidence of the robust the protocols the company had. had in place.
“We had a protocol in place, and part of that protocol was to get involved with the team. So we worked with Sentinels throughout the process, and our competitive operations team was very involved in it, even in the review and approval of a temp. ”
The Post’s conversation with Jafroodi took place before ESIC Commissioner Ian Smith announced in an interview on the YouTube channel slash32 that the group was collaborating with the FBI on an investigation into sports betting related to match-fixing in “Counter-Strike.” A follow-up request for comment from Jafroodi was not returned.