The 2022 Valorant Champions Tour’s grand finale on Sunday saw Brazilian esports team LOUD upset North American OpTic Gaming in front of millions of viewers, giving them their first win overseas. With many maps going into overtime, the grand final in Istanbul’s Volkswagen Arena was a 3-1 slugfest for the spectators.
LOUD gamers got up from their desks while visibly crying and yanked off their headsets and in-ear headphones.
Matias remarked, “I have no words about it, it’s just so fantastic.” “saadhak” Delipetro recalls what it was like to have the support of the crowd in the arena. It’s surreal.
LOUD will earn $300,000 as the prize money, while OpTic will receive $150,000. The third-place team, DRX from South Korea, received $110,000 in prize money. The last weekend of the competition served as a strong illustration of the international scope of esport, with the final four lineups representing North America, Brazil, South Korea, and Europe.