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VALORANT Welcomes Neon, A New Southeast Asian Agent From The Philippines

by Syed Hassan AlgadrieJanuary 19, 2022
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Riot Games unveiled Neon, a Filipino VALORANT agent, as its first Southeast Asian VALORANT agent earlier this month. The quick-witted duelist has already become a fan favourite among players and fans all around the world. The official Neon teaser, which debuted on January 6th, has already racked up over 6 million views on YouTube.

Celebrating Neon, VALORANT’s first Southeast Asian agent

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Riot Games has announced a variety of collaborations and activities with Filipino artists and brands, including Ylona Garcia, TeamManila, and others, to commemorate the launch of VALORANT’s first Filipino agent.

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Introducing Neon to the world involved an exciting collaboration with Filipino-Australian singer-songwriter, Ylona Garcia. The background sound of Neon’s agent trailer was Ylona’s own song, ‘Entertain Me.’ Riot also collaborated with TeamManila, a leading Filipino urban streetwear company, to create the ‘Team Manila x VALORANT / Neon Collection’ swag kits. The exclusive Neon-inspired kit includes a basketball jersey, sweatshirt, bucket hat, designer water bottle, and wristband. The kits were sent to important partners around the region.

Fans can also get their hands on these unique items through giveaways hosted by press outlets and influencers. There will also be different fan contests on VALORANT social platforms where fans can win this swag kit. Contests will be publicised on the Facebook pages of VALORANT Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand.

Riot has also organised a number of special community events to celebrate the arrival of Neon. Among the noteworthy activities are:

  • Creator Reaction Video – Many Filipino creators wore their sleeves on their hearts when viewing Neon’s agent trailer for the first time. Catch their reactions here.
  • Official Cosplay with Charess – In partnership with Rumble Royale and cosplayer Charess, one of the most renowned cosplay influencers from the Philippines, Check out the official cosplay photos and a Neon cosplay teaser video on the VALORANT Philippines Facebook page and Charess’ Instagram.
  • Behind the Scenes Video with Vanille Velasquez – Hear from the voice of Neon herself. Vanille Velasquez, the voice actor behind Neon, sat down for an exclusive behind-the-scenes video where she talked about what Neon means to her and the Filipino community. You watch the video right here.
  • Neon Community Art – Riot commissioned some unique Neon artwork from four Filipino artists, Ikayawa, Bricx, Rodney and Jayds/Inkee. Produced along the theme of “Neon Takes on Manila”, these art pieces reflect each artist’s own interpretation of Neon expressed through their unique art styles.

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Neon is available to play now on VALORANT.

Pokdepinion: Pretty awesome to see Southeast Asian representation in a game that is as bis as VALORANT. Here’s hoping that Riot Games includes more diversity in their games. Maybe a Malaysian agent next? *wink wink*

About The Author
Syed Hassan Algadrie
Just a guy who loves Star Wars, Transformers, tech, 90s nostalgia and all things geek. Is in a constant battle with procrastination.