Valorant community requests VCT LAN in Asia after successful RAGE 2022 Spring in Japan

Japan is currently hosting one of the biggest live events in Valorant esports history. RAGE 2022 Spring LAN is a two-day exhibition tournament held at the Tokyo Dome stadium in Japan on May 7-8.

RAGE has partnered with Riot Games to create a memorable experience for Japanese Valorant audiences. Although Japan was slow to make its mark in VCT history, their efforts were recognized after the Zeta Division put in a standout performance at The Masters: Reykjavik.

After proving its status as a major region, Japan has taken steps to redouble its efforts to cement its place in the game’s history books.


The Valorant community reacts to the crowds at RAGE 2022 Spring LAN in Japan

Day One of Spring LAN RAGE 2022 featured an All-Star Streamer Showdown, featuring 10 of the nation’s top streamers and content creators. Few of the thousands of live fans have also had the opportunity to compete with streamers in various mini-games or custom games.

So Japan is hosting a live All Stars event for VALORANT with ZETA DIVISION, other top players and some of the biggest names on the scene It’s the crowdBring us Tokyo Masters https://t.co/5QfHQriyiu

The highlight of the event, however, will be Day 2. Three of Japan’s most highly regarded organizations – Zeta Division, Crazy Raccoon, and Reject – will compete in a series of exhibition matches. Following this, fans can also interact with Zeta Division members in a live chat session.

Tokyo Dome Stadium reportedly sold out 12,000 seats for the two-day event. Shortly after the conclusion of Day 1, videos of the event emerged, showing the unreal atmosphere of the Japanese audience. The Valorant online community reacted to the video on Twitter.

The day we have a tournament with a crowd 🙏🏽🙏🏽 twitter.com/fionnonfire/st…

Through his tweet, Team Liquid’s ScreaM made it clear that he was looking forward to playing in front of huge crowds like he did in CS:GO. With Valorant’s release running up against Covid-19 restrictions, Riot Games has yet to allow large crowds at VCT LAN events.

Several other pros also gave their thoughts on Japan’s growing esports culture. Redgar, the game leader for Masters 3 Champions (formerly Gambit Esports), enjoyed the event with a tweet in Japanese, which read:

“Subarashii desu ne” (translated as: It’s wonderful)

KennyS, a former CS:GO pro, also commented on the matter, sharing his hopes for a major LAN event in the region in the future.

Tournament in 🇯🇵, sounds like a dream 🤔🤩 twitter.com/fionnonfire/st…

Fayde, Team Secret’s head coach on the APAC side, retweeted the video, asking Riot Games to host a LAN event for APAC teams in Japan. Similar requests were also tweeted by Asian fans, one of whom requested that the next Stage 2 Masters be held in Japan or Korea.

VCT 2023 APAC LAN HOST IN JAPAN PLEASE twitter.com/FionnOnFire/st…

Twitter was flooded with appreciation for the Japanese Valorant community as the tournament audience showed great unity as a community of players, doing their best to support talent in their region.

Stage 1 Masters for VCT 2022 took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Stage 2 would take place in Berlin, Germany. These are the only two locations where Riot Games has hosted international LAN events for Valorant, in part due to current Covid-19 restrictions.

The gaming public, however, longs for the day when all the top competitors from around the world will gather in Asia to compete for the big trophy. Although it may seem far from the current reality, fans can definitely look forward to a future where Asia hosts big international events like the VCT.



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