The first-person shooter (FPS) video games have been around for decades. However, only a few have been able to reach the success that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has. Therefore it should be no surprise that every new FPS game will be compared to CS:GO and its success.
The FPS video game genre offers gamers a first-person perspective in weapon-based combat. The fans of the genre have fallen in love with it because it lets you experience the game through the eyes of the protagonist. Over the years, FPS games have pushed not only in the realm of software, developing new and innovative ways to use the existing tools, but with the advanced 3D graphics, they have prompted the companies to develop hardware further to match the ambitions of the game developers.
Multiplayer gaming has been an integral part of the FPS genre, which guaranteed the success of CS:GO and laid the ground for future games in the genre.
What is CS:GO?
Launched in 2012, CS:GO is a fourth installment in the Counter-Strike franchise. The game has managed to remain one of the most beloved FPS games even almost a decade after its initial launch, garnering players from all over the world. With the rise of esports, CS:GO has reached new heights, with tournaments being held for the professional players to compete and win prizes as high as $250,000.
CS:GO has remained on top of the FPS scene for long. Building on the CS franchise legacy, the game has created an empire in its own right, however, that might soon change. With the arrival of the new FPS game Valorant, many think that CS:GO will fade into background compared to the new game. However, despite the high expectations that people have for Valorant, many have a fear that it will be just a repetition of CS:GO, without any improvements.
What is Valorant?
Valorant is an upcoming FPS free-to-play game developed by the Riot Games, famous for the League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics. The game developer has numerous new titles in works, but Valorant is hands-down the most anticipated out of all of them.
Set to be released in Summer 2020, Valorant has already managed to make a strong reputation for itself. The five-on-five fast-paced FPS game is destined to become the next huge name in the esports. With the CS:GO setting the precedent of world-renowned championships and fans gambling the game skins, Valorant is likely to follow in the footsteps of this classic FPS.
Looking at the Riot Games track record, Valorant will likely be a big esports phenomenon. With the game not even being released yet, there are already websites popping up for the fans to gamble and bet on their favorites. With the rise of esports, it was only natural that along with it, the betting and gambling scene has also developed. There are many dedicated players betting on their favorite professional gamers in tournaments, or even gambling with their rare skins using traditional casino games, with the most popular games being blackjack, poker, slots, and live roulette spins. Considering the resources and the previous success of the developer, Valorant is set to be one of the biggest games of 2020, guaranteed to develop a huge fan base worldwide.
Why are FPS fans concerned?
Many fans of FPS and especially CS:GO are excited about the new game. The novice players especially are eager to get the opportunity to venture into a new game without having to compete with the gamers who have been playing the game for years.
While getting an equal footing with the professionals might be exciting for the newbies, gamers who have been fans of FPS for long are concerned that Valorant will repeat the same mistakes that CS:GO fans have complained about.
There is no arguing that Valorant and CS:GO are very much alike. The difference between the two comes down to the details of the games and personal preferences of the players.
While Velorant will certainly be a breath of fresh air for everyone, with the buildup of excitement around it unmatched, it is likely that it will get many players flocking in when it finally launches.
However, it remains to be seen if it will be able to stand the test of time like CS:GO has. After all, it has been around for almost a decade and the dedicated players won’t be giving up on their magnificent in-game portfolios that they have spent hours and hours creating.
Will Valorant deliver enough to ‘kill’ CS:GO and take away its player base? Only time will tell. But it is certain that CS:GO has laid solid ground in the realm of competitive esports so that games such as Valorant could succeed.
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.