Riot Games Celebrates Indian Culture with the latest Valorant Agent, Harbor
Riot Games released its first Indian VALORANT agent, Harbor, earlier last month. Harbor is VALORANT’s first Indian agent and second from the Asia region.
With a focus on authentic representation, Harbor was launched with inspiration from the best of Indian cinema and music. To bring the agent closer to Indian players, Riot also hosted its first physical community event in Mumbai in October to welcome Harbor to VALORANT. The emcees for the event were Tanmay Bhat, Abish Mathew and Ocean Sharma.
Crowds were thrilled with a stunning cosplay of VALORANT’s newest Agent and his trademark motorbike as seen from the trailer. A number of well-known Indian influencers, including Ujjwal Chaurasia (a.k.a. Techno Gamerz), Naman Mathur (a.k.a. Mortal), Tanmay Singh (a.k.a. Scout) and Shagufta Iqbal (a.k.a. Xyaa) along with VALORANT pro players like Skrossi, Rakazone, HydraFlick, Antidote and more made appearances at the event. The night ended with a performance from ARB4, Mangal Suvarnan and Tienas, the music team who produced Harbor’s theme song, RAJA.
“We have been humbled by the love and passion Harbor has received so far! This is just the beginning. Our Indian fans and players can look forward to even more hyperlocal experiences in the future. We hope players enjoy the slate of unique digital content we have planned for the next few weeks that will share the warmth and beauty of Indian entertainment and culture to the world,” said Ashish Gupta, Lead Marketing – India & South Asia, Riot Games.
To welcome Harbor to the fold, Riot has rolled out a number of digital activities for players to enjoy, these include:
- Community Event Supercut – Relive the excitement, thrills and best moments from the Harbor community event in Mumbai with the event supercut here!
- Diwali Greeting Video – Acknowledging one of the most important festivals within Hinduism, the Riot Team wishes everyone a Happy Diwali. Check out the greeting here.
- Harbor Cosplay with Ankit – Riot partnered with popular cosplayer Ankit to bring Harbor to life! Check out the official cosplay photos here. Riot will also be releasing a behind-the-scenes video of this cosplay being created soon! So keep your eyes on the VALORANT YouTube page for it!
- Harbor Illustrations – Can’t get enough of Harbor? Keep your eye on VALORANT social channels for some special illustrations featuring Harbor! Check out the first couple ones hereand here.
- Fan Beat Video – To celebrate the passion of VALORANT fans, Riot will be releasing a global fanbeat video later this year featuring the best Harbor fan art submissions! The entry period is now open, so click herefor details on how to enter.
- Behind the Scenes Video with Sunil Malhotra – Hear from the powerful voice behind Harbor! Sunil Malhotra will be giving an exclusive scoop on voicing Harbor and the significance of this agent for the Indian community. Watch the VALORANT YouTube page for when it drops!
- Harbor 3D Billboard – Harbor pays a visit to Dubai! Peering down at the crowds from a wide billboard in one of the city’s busiest areas (Jumeirah Beach Residence), a scaled up 3D rendition of the agent shows off his water abilities as he brings down a cascade of water and shoots a sphere of water across the street to a second billboard! Watch the video here.
- Bollywood Poster – Water wielder, soldier… action hero? A talented artist captures a cool moment from Harbor’s cinematic trailer in a hand painted poster reminiscent of traditional Bollywood posters decorating the streets of India. Watch the piece come together here.
ABOUT RIOT GAMES
Riot Games was founded in 2006 to develop, publish, and support the most player-focused games in the world. In 2009, Riot released its debut title, League of Legends, to worldwide acclaim. League has gone on to be the most-played PC game in the world and a key driver of the explosive growth of esports.
As League enters its second decade, Riot continues to evolve the game while delivering new experiences to players with Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra, VALORANT, League of Legends: Wild Rift, and multiple work-in-progress titles. Riot is also building the world of Runeterra through multimedia projects across music, comic books, board games, and the upcoming animated series Arcane.
Founded by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill, and led by CEO Nicolo Laurent, Riot is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, and has 2,500+ Rioters in 20+ offices worldwide.