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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.


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.

“Over the course of the Game Changers Championships, we have seen so many inspiring stories that female players across the world could identify with. At EXCEL, we want to offer something new to show young female players a path into esports and believe through signing an existing squad who work well together competitively and socially, we could help and support them to being the best they could be. We hope that this will encourage more female gamers to get into esports and our success will come from our dedication to developing the scene”
Tim Reichert, Chief Operating Officer, EXCEL ESPORTS
“This is an amazing opportunity for EXCEL and the players involved. We have dedicated a lot of time to work on a roster that could bring EXCEL’s values to female VALORANT esports. We’re investing heavily in our players and are forming the infrastructure around what works best for them because we’re confident in their potential to dominate the competition.”
Kevin ‘Noizeeh’ Jaskiewicz, VALORANT Team Manager, EXCEL ESPORTS
"EE is proud to be the lead partner of EXCEL’s Game Changers team, EXCEL’s first ever elite female team. This is the first step in working towards our partnership ambitions with EXCEL, enhancing opportunities and access for female gamers across the industry."
Pete Jeavons, Marketing Communications Director at EE

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