Step-Bro a team of six gamers scooped the top position at the just concluded Red Bull Campus Clutch, the biggest global university esports event which offered students a unique opportunity to compete in one of the fastest-growing and most talked about games, VALORANT.
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”Our win today was mostly attributed to teamwork, our composure, and the fact that we ensured everyone was having fun while playing the game. We are looking forward to meeting the rest of the gamers globally, said Glenn Mascarenhas the Step Bro Captain.”
According to Digital Report 2020, Kenya is leading other countries in mobile internet usage and internet penetration in the Continent. The number of internet users rose by KSH 22.86 million, while the number of social media users increased by KSH 8.8 million, representing an increase of about16 percent and 13 percent in 2020 consecutively. According to a report by Statistica, the gaming market in Kenya was valued at $ 83 million in 2018. With s $ 153 Million rises expected by 2023.
New to the global esports scene, VALORANT has fast become one of the most exciting games to watch. In 2020 the disruptive FPS from Riot Games broke the “single-day hours watched record in a single game category” with 34 million hours, according to Twitch. Red Bull Campus Clutch offers a level playing field and a starting point for any up-and-coming VALORANT teams looking to make a name for themselves on the world stage. Teams from more than 50 countries got 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.
The National final was concluded on 15th May and the panda Step Bro team will head to the prestigious World Final, a once in a lifetime opportunity at esports stardom where they will compete against the world’s finest student VALORANT competitors, and on top of that will win a cutting-edge gaming hub for their university. The team that emerges victorious at the World Final will secure €20,000 equivalent to Ksh. 2604424.00 In addition, Riot Games, the creators of VALORANT are offering the Red Bull Campus Clutch World Final Winners an exclusive chance to see the biggest stars in VALORANT compete at the upcoming VALORANT Masters event, an official tournament within the 2021 Champions Tour.
As the esports industry continues to thrive, 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 is a new grassroots event that aims to take university esports to the next level by creating a global structure, inviting students to not only represent their campus, but their country, and pave the way for the next generation of esports pro players.