Summit1g explains why Valorant is “bland” and “boring” to watch

Published: 18/Apr/2020 14:50

by Joe Craven


Veteran streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar has shared his concerns about the watchability of Valorant as Riot Games’ new FPS continues to dominate on Twitch.

With nearly a decade of streaming on Twitch under his blet, Summit1g is uniquely qualified to comment on games that may not be as watchable as others. His versatility as a variety broadcaster and natural gaming talent led him to being crowned as our streamer of the 2010s.

Now, Summit has cast doubt on the watchability of Valorant, just days after he hit 200,000 concurrent viewers as a result of the beta drops that reward Twitch viewing.

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Valorant’s closed beta has been acclaimed by those who have managed to get access.

On April 17, during a bit of down-time with his viewers, summit began to explain his concerns about how much enjoyment audiences will get from Valorant.

“I think the abilities are going to be its [Valorant’s] undoing,” the former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player said. “If I’m being 100% honest, I think from a viewer’s perspective – I was thinking about while playing…  it’s very slow and bland and [has] these stupid and boring chokepoints.”

Despite viewers currently flocking to Valorant, summit indicated that he thinks this will dry up as the FPS ages, and the hype wears off.

“It’s like checkpoint mid? Put a smoke down, put a smoke down,” he continued. “Put a smoke down. And then it’s like one big hit, kinda like Overwatch. I’ve also realised there’s not a lot of crazy cool moments where you’re watching somebody and getting hype about him getting a 3k… I just don’t know if it’s gonna be as competitively fun to watch for a viewer.”

Summit’s concerns may be new to Valorant, but similar issues have arisen in the past with different titles. For example, there have long been questions around the viability of competitive Fortnite, with many arguing the generally defensive play styles to do not translate to entertaining viewing.

A lot will probably depend on how willing Riot are to make changes their existing formula, as well as how they respond to wider community feedback as more players get their hands on it.


TheGrefg breaks Ninja’s world record for most-viewed Twitch stream

Published: 2/Dec/2020 1:27

by Bill Cooney


Spanish streamer ‘TheGrefg’ has broken Ninja’s world record for most people watching a Twitch stream during the Galactus Fortnite event.

David ‘TheGrefg’ Cánovas made Twitch history while streaming the Galactus event, which marked the end of Fortnite season 4, when he had more people watching him at once than any other individual Twitch streamer ever has in history.

The Spaniard was watching and reacting to the event, and captures appear to confirm that he reached a total of 660,000 people watching his stream at the same time before Twitch unfortunately crashed.

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A screenshot showing Grefg surpassing 660K viewers.

The previous record you might remember was held by Ninja from when he teamed up with rapper Drake, where the duo peaked at 635k viewers at once while playing Fortnite back in 2018.

This insane amount of simultaneous viewers in a broadcast was almost double the figures of the previous record, held by  DrDisrespect — now streaming on YouTube — when he had 338,000 during his return stream in February 2018.

Grefg looking over his Twitch stats from Dec. 1

Now, the title for most-watched stream on Twitch now belongs to TheGrefg, and while there are no official figures yet, screenshots and clips definitely seem to indicate the streamer managed to bring in than 660,000 people simultaneously.

Grefg was far from the only streamer posting impressive viewer counts during the Galactus event, which actually “broke” Twitch and caused the site to temporarily crash following the big reveal. This is the big reason why the official viewer count, while definitely impressive, isn’t exactly known just yet.

The event itself officially closed out Fortnite Season 4, with the Season 5 update arriving at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT on Wednesday, December 2, according to Epic Games, with downtime expected to last all the way up to 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET / 9 AM GMT.

After that, the brand new season will kick off, and Fortnite fans — including Grefg — will get to check out all of the new content. Whether the streamer will be able to repeat his impressive record-breaking feat remains to be seen, but we certainly wish him the best of luck.