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– Is Valorant The CS:GO Killer?
From my experience, there are really two sides to this argument. One is that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will always be the better FPS game and Valorant will manage to fall short of what CS has accomplished. The second is that Valorant will entirely kill CS:GO, leaving CS pros no choice but to swap to pro play for Valorant.
I actually believe that both of these arguments are a bit silly, and I actually find it quite odd that some people get emotional when I bring up Valorant as a potential competitor to CS:GO. If anything, I think Valorant’s release will benefit CS:GO by almost forcing Valve to update their game more frequently.
– What Will Actually Happen?
I’ve heard, as I’m sure many of us have, crazy statements for what will happen to CS:GO when Valorant’s player base finally starts to pickup. Although I’m sure some of these statements might have some validity to them, I don’t believe Counter-Strike will come anywhere close to dying. I do believe that Valorant will give CS:GO some very healthy competition to keep up with though. I think this will be the case because we’ve never seen a game as similar to CS as Valorant is. Sure there have been shooters like Overwatch, but generally the player-bases have had some sort of differentiation.
I highly suspect that Valve will begin to pickup updates as soon as they realize what competition they have coming their way. In fact, Valve has already released updates following Valorant’s beta. Sure, they were minor updates like being able to see what kind of cross hair your teammate is using, but it does show that Valve hasn’t given up on Counter-Strike at all. We may even see CS:GO evolve into something incredible in the coming months.
As for what will actually happen, I do believe that both Valorant and CS:GO will coexist. I think many people will continue to play CS:GO as Valorant begins to rise in popularity. Even if Valorant does surpass CS:GO in Twitch viewership, it doesn’t have to be seen as a bad thing. Valorant has shown to be quite a fun game so far with developers that seem to really care about what they’re doing.