Global Esports sets the stage for Valorant 2024 with the return of fan-favorite player Abhirup “Lightningfast” Choudhury.
As the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) 2023 season concluded with Evil Geniuses securing the championship, the esports community eagerly anticipates the 2024 season. Global Esports, one of India’s most prominent esports organizations, has been making significant roster changes in preparation for the upcoming season. Among these changes, the announcement of Abhirup “Lightningfast” Choudhury’s retention on September 17, 2023, has generated significant excitement.
— Global Esports (@GlobalEsportsIn) September 17, 2023
Global Esports, known for its active presence on social media, set a target of 5,000 retweets on Twitter to unveil its next player for the 2024 VCT season. The enthusiastic response from the Indian Valorant community quickly met the target. Lightningfast, a player hailing from a small town in India, will continue his journey with Global Esports into 2024. He expressed his gratitude to the community, stating, “Alright then, time to get to work and reach new heights, thank you for putting your faith in me one more time people, See you all at 2024 VCT.”
The Lightning Strikes Twice
Lightningfast’s journey with Global Esports began in 2020 when the organization’s Valorant team was established. Over the years, he has become a key figure in the South Asian Valorant scene. In the recently concluded 2023 VCT Pacific season in Seoul, Lightningfast represented Global Esports during Weeks 4 and 5 of the Regular Season.
The question now arises: will Lightningfast secure a permanent spot on the starting lineup for Global Esports in the 2024 season? While this remains uncertain, Rahul Hinduja, the Chief Operating Officer of Global Esports, dropped a hint by saying, “It’s your turn” on the announcement post, suggesting that Lightningfast could play a pivotal role for the organization on the international stage in the upcoming year.
Joining Lightningfast is Benedict “Benkai” Tan, a former member of Paper Rex, who is expected to take on the role of in-game leader (IGL). These signings are part of Global Esports’ “hard reset,” which involved parting ways with several international players
The current Global Esports roster stands as follows:
- Benedict “Benkai” Tan (Singapore)
- Abhirup “Lightningfast” Choudhury (India)
- Ganesh “SkRossi” Gangadhar (Inactive)
- Peter “Spin” Bradford (Coach, United Kingdom)
- Morgan “BigTime” Jay (Assistant Coach, United Kingdom)
Global Esports experienced a challenging season in 2023, making several roster changes throughout the year, including parting ways with all active players. Nevertheless, with Lightningfast’s return and the addition of Benkai, the team is gearing up for an exciting and competitive 2024 season in the Valorant esports landscape. Stay tuned for further updates as Global Esports finalizes its roster and prepares to make its mark in the upcoming Valorant Champions Tour season.
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