Has Valorant made a significant effect on CS:GO esports?
The Counter-Strike pro scene has been significantly hit by the presence of the brand-new FPS title. Valorant has become the biggest FPS contender to their throne. Riot Games are already a big presence in esports with League of Legends and they bring their prestige to the FPS genre.
The FPS genre was defined by the success of CS:GO and its previous versions. The game’s framework is simple but effective. This model was what Valorant used with their game modes. The concept of a team planting the bomb in the sites while the other side defended those sites.
With their experience in developing a MOBA like LOL, they decided to put some unique gameplay mechanics to the tactical FPS model. They found the perfect mix between the classic shooters and a skill-based game which has helped it become a big hit.
With the similarities, some CS:GO pros have decided to move from the Valve title to the brand-new game. There were many high-profile departures including Cloud9 legends Spencer ‘Hiko’ Martin and Tyler ‘Skadoodle’ Latham. On the other side of the pond, Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom also joined the new Valorant scene.
Valorant is a fresh start for players
It is not a surprise that players were drawn to Valorant. People saw the esports model that Riot had with LoL and they plan to use it with their new title. It was a big deal because their model had regional leagues. It has not materialized for Valorant just yet but it is exciting to look forward to.
These regional leagues have regular wages which is a big deal for players. With Valve’s Dota 2 and CS:GO, everything has to go through success before you can actually become a successful player. With the lack of results and consistent money, many people were turned off and despite the game being fun, CS:GO was just not worth it for some players. Valorant gave them a fresh start again and they were happy about it. It also helps that teams were quick to jump on the chance as they signed a lot of players from the CS:GO scene.
Valorant is not yet refined compared to CS:GO
Of course, there are still a lot of problems when it comes to Valorant esports. There are still limited maps which hurt the variety of the gameplay. It is still a deep game, all things considered, but it is still an issue if pure gameplay is the only thing that you consider.
These are growing pains that the game needs to address to compete with CS:GO. The Valve game is still the top game in the genre and it will take a lot of time to change that. The simple but refined model that CS:GO uses is still the best since their main competition is still finding their footing in a brand new genre.
Words: Cholo Martin