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Riot explains why Valorant isn’t getting franchised leagues on release

Published: 16/Apr/2020 2:17

by Andrew Amos


Riot have big plans for Valorant esports, but they won’t be kicking it off with franchised leagues, instead focusing on grassroots third-party tournaments to grow the scene.

Valorant has barely been out for two weeks, yet the bright lights of a World Championship, ala League of Legends, have already been casted by fans. With organizations like Cloud9 and T1 signing star talent before the game even went live, the hype is real.

Riot are known for pushing esports products to the next level through League of Legends. With franchised leagues and competitions around the globe, the MOBA has one of the most well-developed esports scenes.

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Riot’s flagship title, League of Legends, has one of the most well-developed esports scenes.

However, Valorant won’t be starting off on that trajectory ⁠— for now. Instead, Riot is looking at building up a healthy ecosystem, full of third-party events like the early days of League, and mirroring rival FPS title Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

In an April 14 blog post, Senior Director of Global Esports for Valorant Whalen ‘Magus’ Rozelle outlined Riot’s plans for the game’s future. Riot will be supporting third-party organizers all the way, from local grassroots events to major players.

It will be divided up into Small, Medium, and Major tournaments licensed by Riot and run by tournament organizers globally. The bigger the prize pool, the more Riot will get involved in shaping the event.

“Our primary focus early on will be forming partnerships with players, content creators, tournament organizers and developers,” he said, “unlocking them to help us to build the Valorant ecosystem.”

This is a shift away from their franchised focus for League of Legends, although Rozelle said there was a good reason for that.

“We want to let Valorant grow naturally,” he said. “We’re not looking to force anything too quickly without knowing what’s best for esports fans.”

He also listed the three principles Riot are following to transform Valorant into a global esport ⁠— competitive integrity, accessibility, and authenticity ⁠— as a reason to stay away from franchising.

“We want Valorant esports to grow with this community as well as discover its own voice, talent, and stars,” he added.

Given a host of former CS:GO, Overwatch, and other FPS stars are making the jump to Valorant, only time will tell as to how the community will end up developing.

Riot are hoping that Valorant is here “ten, twenty, thirty years from now,” and the onus is seemingly on the community to build what they want to see.


Summit1G explains the biggest issue with Valorant’s Stinger

Published: 23/Oct/2020 13:09

by Jacob Hale


Twitch streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1G’ Lazar is a fairly accomplished gamer in many realms and genres — but he has vowed to never use the Stinger SMG in Valorant ever again after a rough go of it.

Riot Games’ first foray into the first-person shooter genre has been a success, with many top streamers and pro players from other games immediately falling in love with the gameplay and making the switch to it.

Obviously, while the game is fun, that doesn’t mean it’s perfect, as any player will attest to, whether it be the Agents’ abilities, bugs, or weapons in the game.

Now, Summit has had it with one particular gun: the Stinger SMG. And he’s promised to never use it again.

Valorant Stinger
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The Stinger is commonly regarded as one of the worst weapons in the game.

While playing as Omen on Haven, Summit’s team was taking a beating, down 11-3, and he decided to buy the Stinger to see if it can help turn the team’s fortunes around.

As luck would have it, his team did actually win the round — no thanks to Summit’s Stinger, though.

“That’s not my aim, that gun sucks d**k,” he said, as his chat started laughing at some of his missed shots. “You shoot that gun for three bullets before it just does what it wants. I will never buy that gun again, dude. I don’t know how people play like this.”

As specified in our guide to the very best weapons in Valorant, the Stinger is arguably one of the worst guns in the game.

The Spectre SMG is far more favorable in its class, so we’ll likely see Summit opt to use that more in the future if he wants a submachine gun and to rush into the thick of the action. At the very least, we know full well that he won’t be touching the Stinger again unless it gets a considerable buff.