Why Competitive Valorant Owes Its Popularity to Shroud, Ninja, Myth and Pokimane

Published 03/22/2021, 10:54 AM EDT
SAN JOSE, CA – OCTOBER 27: Tyler “Ninja” Blevins reacts after a game win in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 during the Doritos Bowl 2018 at TwitchCon 2018 in the San Jose Convention Center on October 27, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)


Riot Games released Valorant in June 2020, and hasn’t looked back ever since. The FPS game has attracted millions of players and some of the biggest content creators around the world within months of its release. It comes as no surprise that the most popular streamer on Twitch, Ninja, is also an important part of this list.

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Even though Valorant has gained the attention of casual players, the popularity of its competitive scene is miles behind CS: GO. Big names like ZywOo and s1mple still play Valve’s FPS game, making it one of the biggest Esports in the world.

Riot Games allowed Shroud, Pokimane, Ninja, and Myth to co-stream competitive Valorant

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However, it seems like Riot Games has now devised the perfect strategy to increase the viewership of competitive Valorant. The developer allowed popular streamers like Shroud, Ninja, Myth, and Pokimane to co-stream the recently conducted finals of Valorant Champions Tour in North America.

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The event boasted a live viewership of over 300,000 people, half of which came from the aforementioned creators.

Rod Breslau talked about the same in a recent tweet:

The Esports consultant further claimed that such an approach is essential for every Esport that exists. Streamers who play the game should be allowed to co-stream events and actively contribute to their viewership.

Should Overwatch pay streamers like Shroud to double its viewership numbers?

While replying to Rod, popular Twitch streamer Mtashed talked about the possibility of Overwatch increasing its viewership with the help of Shroud and other big names.

As per Rod, it is unlikely that Shroud will co-stream a game he doesn’t play. He, Ninja, Myth, and Pokimane, actively play Valorant and are an integral part of the game’s community. That explains why they willingly promote competitive tournaments for Riot Games’ tactical shooter.

Apparently, former Overwatch pro xQc can be a good option for co-streaming its competitive events. He knows the game inside out and has over 7 million followers on Twitch.

The impact of content creators and streamers is not a new phenomenon in the gaming industry. Fortnite rose to prominence because Ninja, Tfue, Nickmercs, and TimTheTatman played it tirelessly in Chapter 1. Similarly, Among Us and Rust suddenly grew popular because large groups of content creators played them.

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When Ninja and Tfue quit Fortnite, the game’s user base and viewership numbers also reduced simultaneously. Activision’s battle royale title, Call of Duty Warzone, suffered a similar fate when content creators quit it because of hackers.

Riot Games certainly recognizes the importance of popular Twitch streamers like Shroud, Ninja, Myth, and Pokimane. Hence, it is safe to assume that these creators will continue representing Valorant for years to come.

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Aakrit Sharma

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Aakrit Sharma is an eSports author at EssentiallySports, and has written over 600 articles for their eSports division. He is an undergradate student at Delhi University. From getting chased by The Dahaka while playing Prince of Persia Warrior Within, to sweating his way up in ranked Apex Legends matches, he developed his consuming passion for the massive world of gaming and now writes about it with the same enthusiasm.

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