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Global Esports announces VCT Game Changers team GE Phoenix

On Thursday, Global Esports announced that it is re-entering the VCT Game Changers ecosystem with its women/marginalized gender VALORANT team, GE Phoenix.

“It’s time for GE Phoenix to rise again,” Global Esports tweeted. “Their journey may not be easy, and so we hope you give them the same love and support. We hope their journey inspires more girls in India to take up gaming as a profession.”

The GE Phoenix roster is entirely Indian, and is as follows:

  • Bea ‘Kraif’ Cross – Head coach
  • Akshay ‘Kappa’ Sinkar – coach
  • Syeeda ‘Rose’ Tabassum
  • Saloni ‘Meow16K’ Pawar
  • Jagruti ‘Hyphae’ Moholkar
  • Akanksha ‘Muffinloop’ Sukhramani
  • Abisha ‘Baila’ Joseph
  • Keerti ‘KiRi’ Mirani

Global Esports is a “player first” esports organization based primarily in India, though the org has teams in other parts of Asia, like Korea and Singapore, as well, depending on the game. The games GE competes in include Fortnite, CS:GO, DOTA 2, Overwatch, Rainbow 6 Siege, Apex Legends, PUBG, and VALORANT. Global Esports’ men’s VALORANT team is one of the teams that was chosen as a partner by Riot Games for this year’s league play, and they recently represented India and the Pacific League on the VCT LOCK/IN stage in São Paulo, Brazil.

GE Phoenix will make their debut as a team during the VCT 2023 Game Changers APAC Open 1 in the Swiss stage, which is scheduled to run from March 9-19. In this format, the teams will compete in six best-of-three rounds. The top eight teams from this stage will advance to the playoffs, where they will compete in a double elimination bracket with best-of-three matches leading up to the grand finals, which will be a best-of-five match. The 2023 VCT Game Changers APAC Open 1 has a total prize pool of $10,000; the first place winners will receive $3,500, second place will win $2,500, third will win $1,500, and fourth will get $1,000. The teams are also competing for qualification points for this year’s Game Changers LAN events; first place receives 100 points, second receives 80, third gets 70, and fourth gets 60. Accumulating as many of these points as possible is key to qualifying for in-person global events, and ultimately the Game Changers championship.

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