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Valorant players prepare for first matches in front of fans at VCT Masters: “It’s been a very long time”

For Valorant players fighting to qualify for the VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen, the prospect of playing in front of a crowd is exciting as it has been years since some of them have competed in an esport with fans in attendance.

In North America, most Valorant players have yet to play with an audience outside of small third-party events across the country. In South Korea and Japan There were a few select events with large crowds, but nothing on the scale that Valorant fans should expect over the final three days of the competition in Copenhagen, Denmark.

For XSET’s Brendan “BcJ” Jensen, the last time he competed against an audience was in 2018 in a completely different esport, which is common for many Valorant players.

“I played for in Poland [Apex Legends] and that was an 80-team group stage battle royale tournament,” the former Apex pro said in an interview with Dexerto. “And it was a sweatfest.”

The backrest of a gaming chair framed by the Valorant Masters Island stage
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The fans will be present for the last three days of competition at Masters Copenhagen.

The 20-year-old was in a transition year in his career as Apex fell in popularity and made his first stint with an esports organization in T1. BcJ also hinted at his first viewership LAN tournament the month before his trip to Poland in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the X Games.

“There’s just something about this environment,” he said. “You play in North America, the crowd there, my family was able to travel from Michigan. It was something I don’t think I’ve ever experienced.”

Valorant players remember playing in front of fans

For FaZe Clan’s Phat “Supamen” Le, his last live audience event in 2019 was also overseas in China when he participated in CrossFire.

“These guys don’t mess around when a Chinese team plays foreign teams,” said the North American player. “The stadium would literally fill up with 1000 and 1000 and 1000 fans.”

At that time, Supamen was considering quitting esports altogether as he was about to finish his health sciences degree and find a regular job somewhere in a hospital. But with the onset of a global health crisis, he jumped into Valorant and is now on track to potentially reaching a similar situation with thousands of fans cheering for him in Copenhagen.

OpTic Gaming secured their spot at the VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen with their win over XSET in the semi-finals of the North American VCT Challengers Winner, securing not only that tournament but Valorant Champions as well. According to Riot, there will also be spectators at the Valorant World Cup.

The team’s star player, Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker, said he couldn’t remember the last time he played in front of a crowd at a LAN event.

“It’s been a very long time,” Yay said in an interview with Dexerto. “Actually, I think it’s been maybe three or four years since my last crowd event. I honestly can’t remember.”

The last thing he remembered was a 2018 Counter-Strike tournament in London, where the Valorant pro was around 20 years old.

“I was still trying to figure out a lot of things and I was like one of those up-and-coming players,” he said of that period in his career.

According to Dexerto interviewees, the potential of playing in front of a crowd is a motivator for professionals as they chase a high they haven’t felt in almost three years.

“I think spectators actually add a lot of excitement to games, it’s an experience I can’t really describe,” Yay said of playing in front of fans.

Brave players and fans will see which teams have a chance to compete in front of a live audience at the VCT Stage 2 Masters Copenhagen when the tournament begins on July 10th.

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Emma James

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