Shroud Continues the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive vs Valorant Narrative

Published 12/06/2020, 3:38 PM EST


After Shroud’s remark on Cyberpunk 2077, fans confronted him to explain his views. He emphasized how wanting the truly next-gen game to die after a month was completely a personal choice. However, his fans pushed him to one of his most widely talked about topics, ‘Counter-Strike: Global Offensive vs Valorant’.

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This time, Shroud talked about whether Valorant will ever be able to match the popularity and viewership of CS: GO. He talked about the differences in both the games that affect the viewership. Moreover, he also talked about the type of audience both the games have and how it plays an important role in going big.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game even grandmas can watch

Shroud’s go-to argument comparing the two games is how easy CS: GO is to watch compared to Valorant. This time he mentioned how even “your grandma could watch it. This person shoots this person. Oh, that’s a grenade. Oh, that’s a smoke grenade, that’s a flash bang.”

On the other hand, talking about Valorant, Mike said, “what’s confusing about it is everyone looks the same, and everyone is casting abilities which are flash bangs and smoke grenades. But when you put it in that format, it’s very confusing for your grandma to be like “what the f*** is going on”, your grandma seeing these f***ing things going off.”

Put differently, Shroud insisits the complexity of the Valorant gameplay makes it all the more tougher for a non-playing viewership to understand the much newer FPS. However, Shroud admitted this doesn’t really matter since Valorant is free to play and can run on low-end builds as well. This makes it attractive to a huge potential player base, just like Riot’s League of Legends.

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Keeping that in mind, Shroud believes even if all the players end up watching Valorant streams, it might be able to match the massive viewership of games like CS: GO or League of Legends.

There is no denying Shroud has made a rather shrewd observation here of how the viewership of Riot’s titles works. The studio certainly relies heavily on its players to be the audience as well.

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There haven’t been any major Valorant tournaments yet, as the competitive scene is still in its nascent stage. However, we can expect Riot to cultivate a competitive system as efficient as, if not similar, to that of League of Legends.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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