IS VALORANT JUST A TREND OR WILL IT BE ‘THE FIRST TRULY GLOBAL SHOOTER’ GAME?
Match found—what a way to start your day. Definitely, Valorant has taken the trend to a new extreme where it targets different generations of the youth players from old to present to take a look at what Valorant is all about. However, one question is left, is Valorant here to stay or is this all there is to it—a trend?
Valorant is the first game developed by Riot Games after 11 years since League of Legends (LoL). It was officially released in June of this year where the game features different kinds of abilities that differ from every agent. This game is a mixture of Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) into one. With its agents taking a page from Overwatch’s hero playbook and a gameplay similar to CS: GO, it’s no wonder that people are going crazy about Valorant.
After all, Riot Games is no stranger to a successful game after it maintained the fame of LoL with the goal of reaching the global community which was well-kept through the years.
One more thing to ponder is that one of the founders of Valorant Marc Merril averred that “We want to make VALORANT the first truly global shooter,” through CNBC News. Still, there’s really no way of telling whether if it was a bluff or will it be the truth?
Most often than not, Valorant will give you one crazy hour of a ride every competitive game where players will be pushed to think and reach their limits as this game requires not only skills but creativity as well.
A lot of stuff may happen at the same time, from gunplays across the map, abilities slamming through your screen—things can really be chaotic. Try to spectate and I’m pretty sure that it would be fun. What more if you are the one to hold the mouse and move your body from left to right, thinking that by doing so would enable you to dodge any damage.
On the other hand, the First-Person Shooter (FPS) community has already embraced Valorant’s core gameplay, which in fact led to a couple of professional players from other games (CS: GO, Overwatch, Apex Legends, Fortnite) to completely jump and switch to Valorant. Such as Tyson ‘TenZ’ Ngo pro-player of CS: GO and Sinatraa, pro-payer of Overwatch.
You will be surprised by how Valorant lured pro-players to dump the games they used to play and just to go pro for the former.
And surprisingly, it has not yet been even a year of Valorant’s existence but it’s already taking the world of e-gaming by storm.
Nonetheless, with a short span of time, is Riots Games’ Valorant really ready to be the first truly global shooter e-games?
The answer is uncertain.
With the new developments and patches made by the Riot Games was not yet enough to build a strong community to launch a professional league and so making it the first global shooter e-game is still pre-mature.
Yet, at the end of the day, only time will tell. So let’s give the game some time to breathe and the community some time to form before we crown the first global shooter e-games.