On June 2, 2020, the Riot Games launched its bold new venture into tactical FPS space, Valuing. Initial reception was mixed, with some praise for its stylized design and creative vision of utility. Others, however, praised him as a clone. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that would never reach the same level of popularity.
While Valuing is still disputing containment with CS: GO for the best competitive FPS crown, there's no denying it had a great first year. Riot announced today that the game has 14 million active players, with over half a billion games played in the last 12 months.
Much of the success of Valuing appears to be based on the efforts of the Riot community. Valorant executive producer Anna Donlon says that earning “the trust and respect of the global FPS community, and proving to them that Valorant will always uphold the fundamentals of a truly valid competitive tac-shooter” has been the team's primary goal this year. year.
According to one of the biggest streamers out there, Michael 'Shroud' Grzesiek, the long-term success of Valuing will depend on Riot's ability to keep the content available. “As long as Riot keeps updating the game with new agents, maps, pushing meta changes, and keeping it fresh, Valorant isn’t going anywhere,” says Shroud.
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Shroud has consistently streamed the Valorant Champions Tour – the year-long pro circuit launched just months after the game's launch – often bringing in a larger esports audience than even Riot's official channels.
With the most recent VCT event, Masters Stage 2 in Reykjavik, peaking over a million viewers in the grand finale between Fnatic and Sentinels, Valorant has also risen to a tier one esport in its inaugural year.
In addition to the in-game rewards, Riot is celebrating Valorant's first anniversary with another big announcement: the game is coming to mobile. We don't know when the release date will be. Valorant-Mobile , but with Riot already doing League of Legends a success on mobile with Wild rift, it's sure to make a big noise when it's released.
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