ESPN to host VALORANT Invitational on April 20

A new VALORANT tournament begins at the start of the week.

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ESPN Esports is putting on its own VALORANT Invitational with teams made up of professional players from other various esport scenes competing over a three-day series. 

The members of each team have yet to be announced. But with eight rosters from seven different games, there will likely be more than a few big names answering the call when the games begin on April 20.

There will obviously be a few representatives that hold an edge over the competition, especially since two of the teams are made up of CS:GO players and VALORANT developers. But overall it looks like there should be a balanced bracket that fans can enjoy seeing in a firefight. 

The seven esport scenes represented in the Invitational are CS:GO, Fortnite, League of Legends, PUBG, Rainbow Six, Apex Legends, and Overwatch. The only non-esports team competing in the event is the VALORANT dev roster, though former CS:GO pros like Salvatore "Volcano" Garozzo are potentially on that roster. 

As of now, the early favorites will likely be the developers, since they swept a team of FPS streamers featuring shroud, Summit1g, Skadoodle, Dizzy, and Fl0m in a showmatch last week. 

The event will take place over three days from April 20 to 22 starting at 2pm CT on the ESPN Esports Twitch channel. A full bracket and details about the individual rosters will be revealed over the next few days prior to the start of the event.