Thanks to Godsent, the first all-female squad in Valorant is already a fact even though the game is still in closed beta.
Interest in Valorant keeps growing
Riot’s upcoming shooter still has at least a couple of months in closed beta before its scheduled release in the summer. While a lot of players are still struggling to get a beta key, the future competitive scene for the title is forming up. The company hasn’t announced anything about the esports side of Valorant but orgs are already hiring players in order to be prepared for the potential first season.
T1 and Cloud9 were among the first in the trends with the former signing Braxton “Brax” Pierce and the latter Tyson “TenZ” Ngo. Both of those players have a history in CS:GO.
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The Swedish organization Godsent is taking things to the next level and decided to hire an entire squad instead of going for players one by one. Godsent are playing a step ahead as their new team will be entirely female. The news came from the team’s official Twitter.
The organization already has teams in CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, Hearthstone, Fortnite and Rainbow Six. This means that a Valorant squad seems like the natural next step due to the game’s increasing popularity.
Female squads in esports
Esports is one of those industries where the two genders can have a somewhat even competition when compared to many other traditional sports. Despite that, most all-female teams have been a disaster, with the Russian Vaevictis in League of Legends as a most recent example. The team had such a poor performance that it ended up dropping from the LCL. Another LoL team that had a similar fate was Team Siren. The latter was the first all-female League of Legends team but it couldn’t find success.
All of this will no doubt put some pressure on the newly-assigned Godsent Valorant squad as expectations will be high. It remains to be seen whether Riot Games will set up a female division for the game, but so far, there’s no info from the company. The only thing we know for certain is that Riot will tailor the Valorant esports scene after what the community wants and franchising won't be a thing, unlike with League of Legends. Stay tuned for more Valorant news.