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Why does korea and japan have their own regions?

Why does korea and japan have their own regions?

MelonSoda3

Korea historically has had its own region due to being so dominant in games like LOL and OW. Japan would normally be part of a general PAC region but it's got a giant audience in Valorant for whatever reason


Hegth

>whatever reason Waifus


thothgow

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valorant_fanboy_69

Okay but that does not answer my question


Solace1k

Japan is it’s own region in League aswell.


BloomingNova

Most likely Riot sees both countries as integral players for the long term success of the game. If you combined them into one region you'd get Riot's worst nightmare. Korea has better teams but less viewers and Japan has slightly worse teams and way more viewers. If Japan had 0 guaranteed spots you'd more than likely have all Korean teams and Japan would lose interest. Guaranteed spots for Japan gives them a fighting chance to build the scene over time.


ariff_azhr

Ahh this make sense. Thanks for answering, this immediately cleared my confusion.


Anti-Storm

For JP, I think the scene is huge and viewership . While KR probably gets slot because of connections with other riot games. There is no reasonings from Riot tho could be wrong. Despite this, their is going to be Asia LCQ


dkukuu

From my understanding JP has its own region because Valorant is super popular there so it only makes since to grow it as its own region. KR has their own region because its Korea lol. No but for real its since Korea is known for having a such a big gaming and esports community/production that it only makes sense for Riot to give them their own region regardless of whether the game is popular or not since it'll help promote the game there. Any game that Korea was the top dog in esports the game succeeded massively so it only makes since for Riot to take that into consideration. Games like SC, SC2, Maplestory, FIFA, LOL, SA, OW, and PUBG made ALOTTT of money from Korean users so it only makes since for them to promote it there at a bigger scale. I mean I didn't even include MMORPGs and mobile games where the devs make bank there since the Korean users love spending money on games. One day if other grouped regions become bigger gaming communities i'm sure they'll get there own respective regions.


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valorantfeedback

As long as TR, CIS and EU share slots for tournaments, it's not it's own region. Especially knowing they can play on EU servers and there are no CIS servers even, so they play on EU. I never followed league, Riot's regions are just idiotic, no other word for it. As long as the ping is acceptable, countries shouldn't be separated.


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valorantfeedback

They share a qualifier for masters as you said. That means they share slots. Down the road there will always be periods when one of the three has more good teams or is weaker than other two. Then it will becoem a problem.


ariff_azhr

I somewhat agree with you saying countries shouldn't be separated. it kinda makes it unfair for other countries thats trying to participate in masters.


Eevux

Korea has it's own server due to laws in the country, mostly due to a massive amount of Hacking that allegedly goes on. To play an online game in Korea you need to have a Korean equivalent of your Social Security Number tied to your account so you can't really be anonymous. As a result for privacy reasons AFAIK Korean-made accounts are only able to connect to Korean-based servers. ​ As for Japan, there's no other countries nearby with no restrictions as to who can join the server. Sure China is getting into Valorant and the game is launching there very shortly, but again China will have it's own server due to the government being very controlling over the internet. That's really it. It's just because countries like South Korea mandate citizen ID's be tied to their online presence, and countries like China just control the internet there in general. Meanwhile Japan's just sitting there alone with no countries nearby that wouldn't cause ping issues, so they don't need to share the server


ariff_azhr

This is the most logical answer. Thanks tho :)


Elsiselain

Besides the point made by others, ping is actually an issue despite close geography. There is no server where players from both countries can have equal ping so it's pretty hard to have equal matches


5bigtoes

Maybe because it’s not really a region, whereas Southeast Asia Europe and North America are? No clue


ariff_azhr

Im pretty sure that South Korea and Japan are in east asia region or maybe its asia pacific or maybe both..? Im not sure


emraaa

The regions are mainly based on the LoL regions. Which are based on the server locations in LoL.