Since the beta test, Valorant has been primarily interesting for players from America and Europe. However, everything has changed with the first global official tournaments. The game goes beyond the usual framework and gains popularity in other countries. According to the results of the first Champions Tour 2021 events, Turkey was among the leaders in viewership statistics. Esports Charts wants to report on the results of VCT 2021 Turkey and the most popular teams of the region.
The development of the local Valorant scene is not ingenuous: Riot Games already has an infrastructure in this country and an office of the company, which is aimed at the impovement of League of Legends' Turkish Championship League (TCL). So this is a great base for Valorant's growth.
Turkish VCT qualifications are almost the best in the series
Firstly, the Turkish qualifications were one of the most successful events and attracted more spectators than the main stage of the CIS region. Also, the qualifiers were very short - only 5-10 hours.
Though, it is more difficult to overtake Europe, simply because the initial promotion of the game was there and in the United States. Besides, many professional players from CS:GO and other disciplines switched to Valorant.
Qualification for the third Challengers showed the best results for the region - 92K Hours Watched and 16 thousand viewers at the peak.
The main stage in the Turkish region
The first stage of the Challengers in Turkey became the top 2 tournament in the series (it couldn’t overcome only North America). As a result, VCT 2021: Turkey Stage 1 Challengers 1 collected 203K Hours Watched for 12 hours of airtime.
The second part of the Challengers performed even better with the same number of matches. Hours Watched increasedby 30% and Peak Viewers by 27%. The most popular match was again with the participation of BBL Esports vs. Rare - 63 thousand people.
The third Challengers lagged behind in stats as the region's popular teams got the slots in the next stage during previous events. Compared to Challengers 2, Hours Watched dropped by 166K, and viewership peak decreased by 75%.
Still, Turkey's Challenger Series hasn't overtaken First Strike, the official tournament by Riot Games, which took place in late 2020. Then the tournament gathered 622K Hours Watched and 72K viewers at the peak of the broadcast.
It should be borne in mind that this event was much longer, so there were more matches due to the larger number of teams. However, it cannot be denied that Turkey is now one of the most popular Valorant regions along with North America, Europe and Brazil.
Most Popular Turkish Teams in Valorant
The most popular team in Turkey is BBL Esports. They are Challengers Stage 1 winners and First Strike champions in Turkey. That’s why they achieved 1.4M Hours Watched. Also, they have the biggest number of Average Viewers among the teams in their region.
In addition, Valorant caught the interest of local football clubs. Such popular football teams of Turkey as Beşiktaş J.K. and Fenerbahçe S.K. have their own Valorant squads.
The next stage of VCT 2021 is Masters level competitions, which have already begun in the north and south of Latin America. Expect more details about their results in future reports. Subscribe to our social networks to stay updated on esports statistics.