Why Do People Look Down on APAC Valorant?

Why Do People Look Down on APAC Valorant?

    Last Updated on March 11, 2023

It is a known opinion that fans might look down on APAC Valorant. Valorant, the popular first-person shooter game by Riot Games, gained a massive following worldwide. So, why is there also a negative stigma surrounding APAC players? 

However, there is a common perception that the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region is inferior when it comes to Valorant. This is a misguided and unfair assumption that needs some looking into by organizers and influencers.

Firstly, it is important to recognize the talent and skill that exists within the APAC region. Countless professional players from countries such as South Korea, Thailand, and Singapore have proven their worth on the international stage. 

APAC Valorant Heavyweights Worth Noting

Image of Team Secret Valorant

For instance, the Singaporean team Paper Rex has consistently dominated the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) in the APAC region and has even made it to the Grand Finals of the VCT Masters: Copenhagen. 

Another competitor worth noting in APAC is Team Secret, which has made headlines after pulling upsets multiple times against higher-ranked teams.

Despite this, some still believe that the APAC Valorant is somehow less competitive. Yes, the region has not yet won an international event in Valorant. But still, there are heavyweights in the game that reside in the Asia Pacific region.

Lack of Exposure in APAC

A possible reason for underestimating the Valorant APAC region is the lack of exposure for APAC teams and players. 

Players criticized Riot Games for not providing equal coverage and opportunities for teams in the APAC region. After all, other teams in North America and Europe have more coverage compared to Asia-Pacific.

This lack of exposure can lead to a perception that the APAC region is weaker. However, this is not the case. It is also worth noting that the competitive scene in the APAC region is still relatively young. If you compare it to other regions, Asia-Pacific appears to be a toddler.

The Valorant Champions Tour was only introduced in 2021, and it will take time for teams and players to establish themselves and gain experience. However, this does not mean that the region is any less competitive or talented.

In conclusion, it is unfair and inaccurate to look down on the APAC region in Valorant. The region has produced some of the world’s best players and has a strong history in esports and gaming. 

Any perception of weakness or inferiority is likely due to factors such as language barriers and a lack of exposure. It’s more likely to be that rather than any lack of talent or skill. As the Valorant competitive scene continues to grow, we must give equal attention and respect to all regions, including the APAC region.

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Written By
Juan Cesar Torres

College student. Gamer since birth. Learned to read because of Pokémon. Dreams of buying a Nintendo Switch. Always looking for game recommendations (will play anything).

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