Hong Kong-based Talon Esports is looking to expand its esports portfolio by signing a Filipino VALORANT team before VCT Philippines Stage 2 Challengers starts in May, the organization announced today.
PHILIPPINES — Talon Esports has expressed its intention to extend its esports venture to VALORANT in the Philippines. According to the official statement, the Hong Kong-based organization is still actively recruiting.
“We have been big fans of the game since its release in 2020 and seen the success of VCT across the globe last year. We know that the Philippines has world-class talent and look forward in strengthening the country’s representation on the international stage,” said Xiao “Sean” Zhang, CEO of Talon.
Talon entered the Philippines towards the end of 2021 with its Dota 2 roster and will look to build its local fanbase further by competing in the upcoming VCT Philippines Stage 2 Challengers kicking off in May.
Best known for its PSG Talon team in the Pacific Championship Series (PCS) LoL circuit, Talon Esports is an esports organization headquartered in Hong Kong that presently competes in League of Legends, Dota 2, Arena of Valor, Rainbow Six Siege, Overwatch Contenders (OWC), Tekken 7, and Street Fighter V. Aside from Hong Kong, it has regional offices in other key locations in the Asia-Pacific, including Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and South Korea.
Besides raising its esports profile through the deal with Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (PSG), Talon Esports most recently raised US$5m (~£3.7m) in equity capital during its Series A financing round in November last year.
With the Series A financing led by digital entertainment company Animoca Brands, and other investors, Talon said in an official press release that it would expand its regional reach into SEA, with an emphasis on the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. It intended to compete in the biggest gaming titles for each respective country.
It remains unknown whether Talon Esports will sign a pre-existing VALORANT team or form one from scratch. Nonetheless, the organization is still “actively recruiting,” and it is open to the public.
Furthermore, Talon adds to an ever-growing list of esports organizations entering VALORANT in recent years. Most recently, Misfits Gaming, MiBR, and Ninjas in Pyjamas entered the scene in North and South America.
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