April 25, 2024

EXCEL Esports, EE, & Insomnia Gaming Festival Unveil Groundbreaking All-Women’s VALORANT Tournament


Bringing together the realms of esports, mobile technology, and gaming festivals, UK-based EXCEL Esports, in partnership with mobile network operator EE and the renowned Insomnia Gaming Festival, has proudly announced an exciting venture that’s set to make waves in the gaming world. An all-women’s VALORANT tournament, known as the VALORANT Women’s Cup, is poised to take the esports scene by storm.

With a remarkable £10,000 prize pool up for grabs, the stage is set for an electrifying showdown. The battlefield won’t be virtual this time, as the tournament will unfold offline at the iconic NEC Arena in Birmingham, England. The heart of gaming fervour will beat within the venue during the upcoming installment of the Insomnia Gaming Festival, specifically at Insomnia71.

Spanning three days of intense competition, the VALORANT Women’s Cup promises an immersive experience for both players and fans alike. The format will include a captivating journey through a group stage and a double-elimination bracket. Sixteen elite teams, each vying for glory, will put their skills to the test. And with the stakes this high, the victorious squad will not only etch their name in esports history but also secure a substantial £5,000 in prize money.

Leading the charge for this monumental event is none other than EXCEL Esports, the stalwart UK-based esports organisation. Their female VALORANT roster—EXCEL GC—has already been making waves in the VCT Game Changers tournaments, showcasing exceptional talent. The lineup boasts remarkable individuals such as Cornelia “Neli” Johansson, India “cataLina” Dubourg, Safaa “Purii” Baydi, and Camille “Luzia” Millet, each ready to carve their path to victory.

Adding to the excitement, the tournament’s final two matches will be co-hosted by the dynamic EXCEL streamer Daniela “Jupi” Grald. Having previously been a player for EXCEL’s Game Changers side, Grald brings a unique perspective and fervour to the competition, making the finals an event to remember.

The partnership between EXCEL Esports and EE is a testament to their commitment to advancing esports on a grand scale. This dynamic duo initially joined forces in 2020, and their collaboration continues to thrive. The recent three-year extension of their partnership speaks volumes about their shared vision and dedication to pushing the boundaries of gaming.

EXCEL Esports’ distinguished roster of commercial partners, including names like HSBC, JD, and PCSpecialist, highlights their influence and appeal in the gaming industry.

Steering this innovation-packed ship is the revered Insomnia Gaming Festival. Held biannually, Insomnia serves as a haven for LAN tournaments encompassing an array of beloved titles, from Counter-Strike to Rocket League and League of Legends. And that’s not all—on the horizon is the Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) 2023 Championship, set to unfold in Birmingham from September 6th to 10th, further cementing the city’s status as a gaming hub.

The unveiling of the VALORANT Women’s Cup comes hot on the heels of fellow UK organisation Guild Esports’ announcement of their own women’s gaming competition. Collaborating with Sky UK, they are orchestrating an eight-team grassroots Rocket League championship, bringing more spotlight to the rising influence of women in esports.