‘A popularity contest’: Shopify Rebellion blasts franchise process after being denied 2023 VCT ​​partnership

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The Shopify Rebellion organization, just weeks after picking up the release of Luminosity Games list, announced today that Riot Games has informed the organization that they will not be participating in the 2023 VALORANTS Champions Tour as a partner.

Rebellion received word from Riot today that they would “not be moving forward” with Shopify Rebellion competing “in the VALORANTS partnership program. The organization, which also runs a list of women widely considered the second best in North America behind C9 White, expressed disappointment in a statement today, calling the partnership request “a popularity contest for an awfully restricted teams”.

In their statement, Shopify Rebellion called on Riot to “find meaningful ways to support the broader ecosystem – too many amazing players, creators, and talent…deserve it.” In its closing remarks, the organization said it would continue to support its teams and players as it always has, but also said it would “share more about our future in VALORANT later this summer.” .

Shopify Rebellion themselves picked up a list of an organization that left VALORANTS, following Luminosity’s decision to exit the scene and make its competitive roster available. Shopify Rebellion acquired the roster in late June, which will compete in the NA VCT Last Chance Qualifier scheduled for August with a single spot at VCT Champions 2022 on the line.

The Shopify Rebellion update arrives on the same day as the SoaR organization, which has fielded VCT talent like Brenden “stellar” McGrath and Matthew “Cryocells” Panganiban in the past. announcement that they too were coming out of the competition VALORANTS, citing the likely debilitating effect of the upcoming franchise/partnership model on the Tier Two scene. Organizations like Dignitas, Rise, beastcoast and others have also retired over the past year.

As Riot begins to whittle down the number of applicants to the eight or ten teams they seek for their League of the Americas, more and more organizations will likely have to make a difficult decision about their future in VALORANTS in the near future. Shopify Rebellion is the first organization with a team still competing in VCT to make this announcement.

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