Andbox Signs First Two Players to N.Y.-Based VALORANT Squad, But is Looking for More
Andbox, the New York based esports organization behind the Excelsior (OWL) and Subliners (CDL), has signed a VALORANT team that will compete professionally in Riot Games’ VALORANT under the New York banner. Andbox” and will be coached by Matt “Warden” Dickens, former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team manager for Complexity who has more than 20 years of esports experience in esports. Dickens will be joined by Assistant Coach Gordan “g0g1” Prošić. The first two roster members are former CS:GO professionals Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker and Bradley “ANDROID” Fodor.
The rest of the support staff and roster will be selected by Dickens and Prošić, but will get some help from Aim Lab, a talent assessment software developed at Statespace. Aim Lab will use AI and analytics to measure player’s performances based on fundamental motor and cognitive skills. Aim Lab has developed a custom program specifically designed for evaluating VALORANT players.
“This marks a huge milestone as we are creating the first VALORANT team that will represent New York on the world stage,” said Rohit Gupta, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Andbox. “It will also be the first time that one of our professional esports teams will compete using the Andbox name. We’re proud to be the organization that gave New Yorkers professional esports teams that they could call their own in the New York Excelsior and New York Subliners, and we’re excited for what’s to come as we expand into this new game.”
VALORANT is a tactical first-person shooter developed by Riot Games. The iconic video game developer and the team behind League of Legends, Riot is testing the waters with its VALORANT product allowing multiple third-party groups to facilitate tournaments, mostly under the Ignition Series banner where Riot partnered with those groups in running events.
Riot has stated that it will look towards the future in terms of licensing, events, and franchise league possibilities after getting a feel for how the title is being received.
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