The Best Valorant Tournaments You Can Join to Make Some Money

Chris Wong - Writer for Buff
By Chris Wong
Tamara Fodora - Editor for Buff
Edited by Tamara Fodora

Published April 16, 2023.

A gamer playing in a Valorant tournament next to other players

People often assume that you have to be the best of the best to partake in any esports tournaments. Many believe that competitive gaming is only available to pros on the official rosters of big-time esports organizations like TSM or Gen.G. However, this is a drastic misconception.

While it's true that the biggest tournaments are exclusive, there are plenty of tournaments for non-pros who just want to compete and test their skills. Even if you are not competing for millions of dollars and looking to become one of the highest-earning players, there are still a number of Valorant tournaments you may be able to join.

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1. ONE Esports Valorant Community Tournaments

ONE Esports Valorant Community Tournaments is a series of tournaments for regular players who are part of the ONE Esports community.

What Is the Prize?

Last year, the tournaments had prizes of $225 for the first-place team and $75 for second place.

When Is It Held?

The tournaments are seasonal, and the 2022 season took place last year on May 28. So while the 2022 season is currently closed, we can expect the 2023 one to be on its way this spring.

Who Can Apply?

Specifically for the Valorant Community Tournaments, ONE Esports allows players from North America, Europe, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Malaysia.

How to Sign Up

To sign up, go to ONE Esports Community Tournament page on Battlefy, select your region, select Valorant as the game, and choose which tournament you would like to join. You can register your team through your Battlefy account, and each player must also join the official ONE Esports tournament discord server. The tournaments were free entry last year.

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2. College VALORANT

If you are currently a university student in the US or Canada, you might be interested in this tournament.

What Is the Prize?

Teams are awarded up to $3,000 in scholarships for placing first (scaling down to $500 for eighth place) at any of the 3 tournaments, with the Championship event prize yet to be announced.

When Is it Held?

The 2022-2023 College VALORANT season is currently in progress. If you are raring to compete, then gather your team for the upcoming season that will start later this year.

Who Can Apply?

College VALORANT is an official Riot Games league for collegiate players. The 2022-2023 season was the debut of this league, with 3 tournaments hosted over the fall, winter, and spring, leading into a College VALORANT Championship event in June or July. It is expected that the upcoming season will follow the same timeline.

How to Sign Up?

In order to take part, you must register (with each tournament requiring a separate registration), and all players must be currently enrolled in a degree program lasting at least 2 years and in good academic standing. Each player must be a full-time student or a part-time student that is within one academic year of their expected graduation.

Don't worry if there are a ton of serious Valorant players at your university, as multiple teams from the same university are able to register.

There is no entry fee, regardless of whether your college has an official esports program or student-run club teams.

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Where to Find the Best Tournaments

Battlefy is the premier destination for tournaments when it comes to casual players and professionals-to-be. Battlefy creates a very streamlined experience when it comes to registering for Valorant tournaments.

By going into the site and selecting Valorant, you are able to easily see all upcoming tournaments, prize pools, dates, etc. The only thing you have to do to get started is create a Battlefy account and follow the registration instructions for the tournament you choose.

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Can Playing Valorant Be a Profitable Hobby?

While playing the smaller and lesser-known Valorant tournaments may not become a full-time job, it can very well lead to it. Gaining experience, getting exposure, and performing well at these tournaments can eventually help you become an active streamer or be scouted by a bigger esports organization.

To do so, your aim will definitely need to be up to par, and you'd need to find some teammates who share a similar goal and skills. With so many tournaments not even requiring an entry fee, you've got nothing to lose!

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