Students around the world will represent their campus and country, battling for bragging rights and the chance to be crowned the best student VALORANT team in the world!

Students around the world will represent their campus and country, battling for bragging rights and the chance to be crowned the best student VALORANT team in the world!
Red Bull Campus Clutch South Africa 2021 Participant Mpumelelo Macu / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull Campus Clutch, the global university student VALORANT tournament, is back for Round 2! Open to all college and university students worldwide, players will team up, represent their campus and put their skills on display, with the chance to play on the world stage. Local VALORANT university student players can now sign up to secure their spot in the qualifiers taking place from 26 August to 17 September 2022 across the country. 

 

Six qualifying events will be taking place across the country where university students can claim their spot at the national final competition taking place at Comic Con Africa in Johannesburg from 22 - 25 September 2022. The national champions will then get an opportunity to shine on the global stage at the Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final, a LAN event held in São Paulo, Brazil in December. Not only will the winning team represent their country, but they could also walk away with a €20,000 in prize money, and an exclusive VIP experience at a 2023 VALORANT Champions Tour event.

 

Red Bull Campus Clutch is a grassroots esports initiative bringing up and coming student VALORANT players of every skill level together as they team up and experience competitive gaming as they have never before. In its first year the tournament brought over 400 events to 50 countries and showcased up-and-coming talent who went on to establish a career in the pro scene.

As the esports industry continues to grow, university esports plays a pivotal role in ensuring the ecosystem remains sustainable and provides a much-needed path for new talent to shine. Red Bull Campus Clutch gives teams from more than 50 countries the opportunity to develop and prove their skills against players from all over the world, and experience firsthand what it takes to compete like a pro player.

Esports host and shoutcaster, Sam Wright, better known as Tech Girl is excited to see what this year's competition has to offer, "I always look forward to esports talent showing up and popping off. When there is an opportunity to potentially compete against the best in the world, South African esports players bring their A Game and Campus Clutch will be no different. Considering last year's global winner was an African team, I'm looking forward to seeing the South Africans show up and pop off."

"The best part about Red Bull Campus Clutch is that it is the perfect excuse to jam with your friends. Even if you aren't competitive or the best in the country, it's an opportunity to jump into a few games with your friends and have a laugh. So don't be afraid that you might "suck", sign up for the experience. Gaming is meant to be fun and I can assure you, Red Bull Campus Clutch is just that, no matter your skill level (you're likely better than you think!)," she added, encouraging young gamers to enter. 

 

VALORANT university students can sign up here for the below qualifier events. There is also an  opportunity for teams to register for Last Chance Qualifier at Comic Con. This is intended for teams that may not be from the same University or region, but are Valorant players or regular players of "First Person Shooter" games that play together online. The winners of each qualifier will advance to the national final taking place at Comic Con Africa in Johannesburg from 24 - 25 September 2022.

 

Qualifier Dates: 

Red Bull Campus Clutch Qualifier Kwa Zulu Natal 

Date: 26 August 2022

Venue: Durban University Technology eSports Centre

 

Red Bull Campus Clutch Qualifier Gqeberha

Date: 03 September 2022

Venue: Propella Business Incubator

 

Red Bull Campus Clutch Qualifier Free State  

Date: 08 September 2022

Venue: House Khayalami UFS Residence 

 

Red Bull Campus Clutch Qualifier Western Cape 

Date: 10 September 2022

Venue: Homecoming Centre for WC

 

Red Bull Campus Clutch Qualifier Gauteng  

Date: 15 September 2022

Venue: Square 2.0

 

Red Bull Campus Clutch Qualifier Gauteng  

Date: 17 September 2022

Venue: Tshimologong

 

Last Chance Qualifier 

Date: 22-23 September 2022

Venue: Comic Con Africa 

 

National Finals

Date: 24 - 25 September 2022

Venue: Comic Con Africa 

 

Entering its second season Red Bull Campus Clutch, along with Red Bull Home Ground, the premier pro Red Bull event for VALORANT, encapsulates the brand´s continued commitment to support the VALORANT community and uplift its competitive ecosystem, from a grassroots level with an array of local initiatives to the very highest echelons of esports.

 

Four outstanding partners are supporting Red Bull Campus Clutch this year, helping bring the latest and greatest hardware to competitors. Intel NUC, SteelSeries and AGON by AOC all return to the tournament, with Backforce joining as a new partner for 2022. As PC Partner, Intel NUC, renowned for packing high-powered gaming rigs in small form factors, will support with their top-notch Gaming PCs. SteelSeries, the worldwide leader in gaming and esports peripherals, is the official Peripheral brand of Red Bull Campus Clutch and will equip students with award-winning gaming headsets, keyboards, and mice. Backforce, the new Gaming Chair partner, will provide ergonomic chairs that can boost performance and help maintain high-level gaming over long, competitive sessions. And the official Monitor Partner, AGON by AOC will once again provide high-performance gaming monitors for the event.