Noble Acquires Indian VALORANT Roster

North American esports organization Noble announced that it has picked up a VALORANT team based out of India. This isn’t Noble’s first appearance in the region as the team also operates a PUBG MOBILE roster in the region. However, the country’s ban on the mobile title has had a serious impact on its esports scene with professional players, fans, organizations, and tournament organizers all waiting with bated breath to see if the government of India and PUBG Corp. are able to come to a solution. 

Riot Games’ focus on South Asia has been evident in recent months with the company also announcing plans to launch South Asian servers along with introducing Wild Rift among the large mobile playerbase. While South Asia was never a part of Riot’s global esport ecosystems, it has been included of late in titles such as the Galaxies Championship for Teamfight Tactics. It is likely that Noble’s decisions were sparked by these developments. 

Noble, who primarily operates teams in North America, was acquired by Florida-based investor Kyle McDougal on Aug. 12, marking a new era for the organization. It primarily operates an Overwatch roster in North America along with a Rocket League squad based out of South America. The organization is also fielding a VALORANT roster composed of American players. Noble’s India chapter is comprised of players who have made a name for themselves in the local Counter-Strike scene and have also represented the region in a few international events.

While PUBG MOBILE is the most popular title in the region, its recent ban has forced organizations and other stakeholders to reconsider their options. International organizations such as TSM, Fnatic, Nova Esports, and Galaxy Racer have already been operating PUBG MOBILE rosters in the region for a while now. Many mobile players and content creators who built their fanbases on the back of PUBG MOBILE have also said that should the ban remain, they will be switching to VALORANT as their core game. However, India’s strong anti-China and anti-Tencent stance means that even Riot may have difficulties in operating in the region, should Indian authorities continue to crack down on companies.  

Shounak Sengupta is a staff writer for AFK Gaming.

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