The MSI Radiant Cup Returns
SALT LAKE CITY - Sept. 9, 2021 - Space Productions, the premier esports broadcasting solution, is partnering with MSI, one of the largest gaming hardware brands, to announce the return of the MSI Radiant Cup - a five-week collegiate esports tournament. College students from around the nation can sign up to compete in Valorant, a free-to-play shooter video game developed and published by Riot Games. With over $5,000 in prize money provided by MSI and an expert in esports broadcasting at the helm, this tournament is sure to be one of the most exciting collegiate events of the year.
The tournament returns this fall with more teams, higher stakes, and a new split-free format. Renewing the mission to ensure students are able to prioritize school while remaining competitive, the MSI Radiant Cup’s rules allow for flexible eight-person rosters, weekend match times, and a schedule that avoids overlapping with any student’s final exams. In addition, Space Productions will be using their broadcasting expertise to tell the story of this thrilling tournament.
"The last season of The MSI Radiant Cup was filled with students from all over the country giving it their all to prove they were the best. This season, we're turning the dial up to 11. We've learned what the students liked, what they didn't, and we're coming back better-than-ever to help students from around the country grow as [esports] athletes and give their all to the game they love"
- Space Productions’ Program Manager Aram Howard, who is overseeing the event.
The tournament will consist of 36 teams from universities across the United States divided into six groups. These teams will compete over the course of six weeks - playing one best-of-three match every Saturday afternoon starting October 2. The winning teams from each group will move on to the playoffs, a single-elimination best-of-three bracket to fight for their share of the $5,000 prize pool.
“[Before I worked here], when I originally pitched this idea to MSI, it was an uphill battle. As someone who has come from nothing and worked hard to be in the position I am, I have an obligation to make this journey easier for future students. With this program, MSI and Space Productions provide students with opportunities to pursue esports and make money doing it. If just one student goes on to a career in esports, this program will be worth it”
- MSI Retail Merchandising Manager Victor Davila, who is handling the partnership between the two companies.
In collaboration with Space Productions, the MSI Student Broadcast Initiative will be integrated with the event and offer 18 students paid opportunities to help them learn core skills and take their first steps towards a career in esports broadcasting.
“After developing talent at the collegiate level for over 5 years, I have learned how hard it is to try to do everything on your own. There isn’t a guidebook, there isn’t a YouTube series, there’s very little for students who want to jump into this field. This program aims to create a pipeline that gives talented students opportunities for mentorship, skill development, and connections within the esports broadcasting world”
- said Sam Morris, CEO of Space Productions.
Spectators can watch live every Saturday starting October 2 on twitch.tv/msigaming.
This announcement is part of a larger MSI Student Initiative. Click here to view the original press release with more information on the program.
Quick links for the MSI Radiant Cup Valorant Tournament
About Space Productions
Space Productions is a leading broadcast solution in esports and beyond. From esports tournaments and broadcasts to online conventions, corporate events, virtual panels and more, Space Productions does it all to help clients expand their digital footprint. Space Productions retains an unwavering commitment to give back to the collegiate communities they launched from; the universe is the limit, and everyone’s invited along for the ride.
To connect with Space Productions, please visit spaceproductions.org or check out the Space Productions Twitter.
As a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and esports. We stand by our principles of breakthroughs in design, the pursuit of excellence, and technological innovation. Integrating gamers’ most coveted extreme performance, realistic visuals, authentic sound, precise control, and smooth streaming functions into its gaming rigs, MSI pushes gaming performance beyond limits. For more information, please visit https://us.msi.com/