Team-branded skins will be a significant step for VALORANT, giving teams an additional avenue for monetization and contributing to the overall strengthening of the game’s ecosystem.
UNITED STATES – Team-branded skins featuring all 44 teams from the four International Leagues will be available for purchase throughout the VCT season, as revealed in a recent Plat Chat podcast with Leo Faria, the Global Head of VALORANT Esports.
For the first time ever, you’ll be able to support your favorite teams in-game with team-branded gun skins and goodies. It will launch in February, right around the KICKOFF tournaments, according to the announcement made late last year. Every team in the International Leagues will get the full bundle with a gun skin, including the recently promoted Ascension teams.
“Team-branded skins will be the first product in VALORANT history that is going to be available year-round in the store,” Leo said regarding the significant update to the game that will further link esports and VALORANT itself, contributing to the sustainability of the ecosystem for teams.
A team-branded skin bundle will feature a Classic, Gun Buddy, Spray, and Player Card – the latter of which is designed by each team to infuse creativity and uniqueness into this particular item. “It has been like a long collaborative process with teams which is really cool; they designed their own player cards.”
Nevertheless, team-branded skins for VCT CN will be rolled out at a later date compared to the rest of the world. This delay is due to the recent formation of the league, with the other three leagues having had the time to organize their cosmetics in advance.
“We wanted those things to be good, and represent the team and the brand. Some of them are incredibly silly, some of them are incredibly serious, some of them are deep and tied back into the origins of the teams.”
Moreover, teams emerging victorious at Masters or Champions will see their bundles featured in the main store for a specific duration, providing an additional incentive for teams throughout the season.
- Player Card
- Gun Buddy
With the team capsule now confirmed to feature a Classic, Leo further added that in the case of positive feedback on team-branded skins, they are open to the possibility of “rotating” the bundle to include other guns.
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