Benkai joins Global Esports: A major shift in Valorant roster

A Strategic Shift in Valorant Roster. The Indian esports organization gears up for the 2024 season with a major player swap and a hard reset.

On September 16th, Global Esports, an Indian esports organization, revealed that they had signed Benedict “Benkai” Tan, a star player from Paper Rex. This is the first confirmed player for Global Esports’ Valorant 2024 season, where they aim to excel in the Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) Pacific. On the same day, Paper Rex bid Benkai farewell and expressed gratitude for his contributions to the team.

Interestingly, Global Esports and Paper Rex have exchanged two players. Paper Rex announced the signing of Cahya “Monyet” Nugraha, a former Global Esports controller.

Global Esports is restructuring its Valorant Roster for 2024. Since the VCT Pacific transfer window opened on September 11th, organizations have been revealing their new rosters. On September 12th, Global Esports said goodbye to Jordan “AYRIN” He. AYRIN announced that he would not be renewing his contract with the Indian organization and is looking for opportunities in North America (NA) and Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) as an in-game leader (IGL).

The current lineup of Global Esports is as follows:

  • Benedict “Benkai” Tan
  • Ganesh “SkRossi” Gangadhar (Inactive)
  • Abhirup “Lightningfast” Choudhury (Inactive)
  • Park “Bazzi” Park Jun-ki (Inactive)
  • Peter “Spin” Bradford (Coach)
  • Morgan “BigTime” Jay (Assistant coach)

With Benkai’s signing, it’s certain that he will be the team’s IGL moving forward.

Benkai was benched by Paper Rex after Week 4 of the VCT Pacific league. The team replaced him with Russian duelist Ilya “something” Petrov. With this new roster, Paper Rex won the Pacific League, finished in the top three at VCT 2023 Masters Tokyo, and reached the grand final at Valorant Champions 2023. Despite a quiet season in the league, Benkai is still considered one of the best IGLs in esports. Before joining Valorant esports, Benkai was part of the Paper Rex Counter-Strike team and has been with the organization since 2020.