In an attempt to help the teams who compete in the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) earn more money, Riot Games has released a new capsule filled with in-game goodies.
During the first tournament of the 2023 season, fans may use the cosmetics in the VCT LOCK/IN capsule to advertise their favorite teams and cities.
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The net profits from capsule sales between February 8 and March 7 will be evenly divided among the Americas, Pacific, and EMEA VCT partner teams.
For the LOCK/IN competition, 32 teams will travel to Sao Paulo, Brazil, where they will compete for a $500,000 (£406,220) total prize pool and the chance to advance to the VCT Masters depending on their regional standing.
Riot Games added two Chinese companies in January, bringing the total number of LOCK/IN participants to 32. On February 13th, VCT will host the first of its 30 partner teams, which includes Edward Gaming (EDG) and FunPlus Phoenix (FPX).
Chinese teams should be allowed to compete considering that Riot Games plans to release VALORANT in China and that FPX changed the name of their roster to ZHUQUE.
The VCT is adept at using virtual goods to boost the income of its affiliated clubs. The almost $16 million (£12.9 million) profit from a limited-edition bundle sold before of the 2022 VCT Champions tournament will be divided among the qualifying teams.
The VCT will go to Japan for the first time for VCT Masters Tokyo after the LOCK/IN competition in June.