G2's Ocelote explains why Valorant will eventually "destroy" CSGO - Dexerto
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G2’s Ocelote explains why Valorant will eventually “destroy” CSGO

Published: 20/Sep/2020 22:47 Updated: 20/Sep/2020 23:27

by Theo Salaun

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G2 Esports founder Carlos ‘Ocelote’ Rodriguez Santiago believes that Riot Games’ Valorant is following in League of Legends’ footsteps and will comfortably overtake its tactical FPS rival, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Ocelote had high-level competitive playing experience in World of Warcraft and League of Legends before he founded G2 Esports. Now, his organization has top-tier teams across LoL, Valorant, CS:GO, and more.

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As such, he has the business and playing experience to provide a unique perspective on precisely why Valorant can, and will, overtake its similar competitor, the longstanding CS:GO.

In an interview with ESPN Esports, Ocelote was asked what stands out about how Riot has been able to amplify the world of LoL and turn it into such a global phenomenon over the years.

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Valorant seems to be following in League of Legends’ footsteps, crafting stories around characters like Killjoy that are featured in its esports scene.

In response, possibly due to his Valorant team’s recent dominance of the European scene, the G2 founder examined why that production and content value is emblematic of Valorant’s superiority over CS:GO.

Ocelote explains that if forced to choose between betting all of his money on Valorant overtaking CS:GO or failing to, he would bet all of his money on the Riot title’s eventual supremacy. His primary reasons for why surround Counter-Strike’s lack of any lore and general unwillingness to change.

“A video game is not just a video game, it’s what happens around the video games,” he said. “In Valorant, you have different characters and each character has lore and background. We, humans, are very empathetic by nature so we want to know about these characters.”

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As Ocelote elaborates, aside from just the beautiful lore cinematics produced by Riot and Activision Blizzard, the developers have even gone so far as to have interesting, modernized experiences like Spotify playlists for each of Valorant’s Agents. These efforts make the game captivating outside of just in-game mechanics, which leads to longstanding success.

He continues on to express that Valorant will “end up destroying, in terms of numbers of people playing the game, Counter-Strike, because in Counter-Strike, the only thing you have going for you is the mechanics and I love the game to death, I really do.” 

This point ties into the CS community’s reluctance toward the game changing in any significant way. While its mechanics may be seamless, Ocelote believes that the consistent evolution of League of Legends keeps a fanbase engaged for longer. This pattern of change, coupled with the importance of surrounding content, makes him want to bet it all on Valorant’s eventual dominance.

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HenryG explains Cloud9’s CSGO player salaries after $400k floppy deal

Published: 7/Oct/2020 19:11

by Calum Patterson

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Cloud9 have now confirmed that Ricky ‘floppy’ Kemery is the fourth player of their self-proclaimed CS:GO “colossus” roster, in a deal worth over $400,000, bringing their total to around $4 million in player contracts, with another two players still to go.

Floppy joined Cloud9 from ATK in January, and is now transitioning to the new ‘colossus’ roster alongside ALEX, mezii, and woxic.

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The colossus began with the signing of ALEX from Vitality, whose deal is worth $1.65 million. He was joined by fellow brit Mezii on a $426,000 deal. Then, woxic was added from mousesports, in another deal surpassing the $1m mark, at $1,365,000.

This latest deal for floppy takes the total value of this 4-man squad to $3.87 million, and with two players to go (GM Henry  ‘HenryG’ Greer has plans for a six-player roster), is set to surpass the $4 million mark.

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Since HenryG’s move from casting into a management role at C9, he has aimed to shake-up the traditionally opaque nature of esports transfer dealings.

In each of the four signings, Greer has confirmed the length of the player’s contract, and it’s total value over that period. All four players announced so far have been signed to three-year deals.

After the floppy announcement, Greer clarified on Twitter that despite the lower total value of deals for floppy and Mezii (compared to ALEX and woxic), each player’s deal is negotiated on an individual basis.

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“Ricky has received a pay increase from his previous contract and that will be reviewed each year of his stay,” he concludes.

Presumably, salaries could increase based on performance metrics or other value added to the brand by the player, or as thanks for loyalty to the team.

After he was confirmed as the GM of Cloud9, Greer told Dexerto: “My plans for this team are certainly ambitious. I wouldn’t be involved in any sort of General Manager role unless I had absolute full control of the roster and direction we plan to head.

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HenryG is now at the helm of Cloud9’s CS:GO venture.

“C9 have entrusted me with their entire CS:GO dynasty and, honestly, I think that’s one of the boldest moves any org has made in a long time.”

HenryG and Cloud9’s new approach to player deals could very well set off a new trend in CS:GO and esports generally, though for now, they remain on solitary ground.

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