The Valorant Player’s Association for the Americas (AVPA) has officially announced its formation. The organisation, running under the LCSPA which currently represents League of Legends players in the region, seeks to protect player rights, while developing opportunities for them.
According to the mission statement provided alongside the announcement, the AVPA’s immediate goals include “establishing leadership, launching a Valorant contract database for players, and building protections for players at all levels.”
Heading up the AVPA is former Team SoloMid coach Taylor ‘Tailored’ Broomall. Until recently, Tailored operated as an FPS coordinator and agent for esports agency Prodigy, which represents stars across the globe including Sentinels star Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo, Karmine Corp one-tap merchant Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom, and Fnatic young gun Emir ‘Alfajer’ Ali Beder.
With an understanding of player needs from his time as a coach, as well as legalese from his time at Prodigy, Tailored’s appointment looks to be a promising one. According to Tailored, the AVPA is “working closely with Riot to create a healthy and thriving scene” – the AVPA, like the LCSPA, is not funded by the studio.
While the AVPA only covers the Americas, there could very well be scope for other regions to follow suit in the future should it prove a success.