EXCEL ESPORTS is excited to announce its first female esports team with the aim to enter VALORANT Champions Tour: Game Changers EMEA (VCT Game Changers EMEA) in 2023
The roster includes the former N1MP lineup, Cornelia ‘Neli’ Johansson, India ‘cataLina’ Dubourg, Safaa ‘Purii’ Baydi and Camille ‘Luzia’ Millet in addition with Samantha ‘Samsi’ Caddel
Game Changers is the premier female VALORANT esports league with the goal of increasing exposure for women and marginalised genders in VALORANT esports.
EE will be the team’s Lead Partner, an integral part of their commitment to inclusivity and female gaming
London, 1st December 2022: Today, British competitive gaming culture brand EXCEL ESPORTS is excited to announce the launch of its female VALORANT roster. EXCEL have signed former N1MP lineup Cornelia ‘Neli’ Johansson (IGL), India ‘cataLina’ Dubourg, Safaa ‘Purii’ Baydi, and Camille ‘Luzia’ Millet to its female esports VALORANT team along with previous teammate Samantha "Samsi" Caddell who will round out the roster.
The announcement marks the beginning of EXCEL’s’ journey into VCT Game Changers with the hope to empower and inspire the next generation of women in esports. Already a strong competitive unit, the players of N1MP are close friends in real life which will allow for a higher level of teamwork and communication. The addition of ‘Samsi’ to the team will bring the roster to the next level with their experience of playing at a high level. The former N1MP roster has experience in the VCT Game Changers EMEA Series 3 and came top 5 in the Medusa Series which new teammate Samsi won. The team will be supported by EXCEL ESPORTS Team Manager Kevin ‘Noizeeh’ Jaskiewicz.
THE EXCEL VALORANT GAME CHANGERS ROSTER FOR 2022:
Cornelia ‘Neli’ Johansson - IGL/Initiator
India ‘cataLina’ Dubourg - Smokes
Safaa ‘Purii’ Baydi - Flashes
Camille ‘Luzia’ Millet - Sentinel
Samantha ‘Samsi’ Caddell - Duelist
Daniela 'Jupi' Gradl - Initiator/Sentinel (substitute)
Kevin ‘Noizeeh’ Jaskiewicz - Team Manager
VCT Game Changers was a pioneering initiative announced in 2021 to create more opportunities and exposure for women and marginalised genders in VALORANT esports. The recent VCT Game Changers Championship Finals was the most viewed female VALORANT tournament ever with a peak viewership of over 230,000. With this success, Riot Games recently announced the format for VCT Game Changers EMEA going forward into 2023 which includes academy, amateur and contenders competitions that will form the basis of the VCT Game Changers ecosystem.