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Shroud claims Valorant will overtake CSGO because of one key difference

Published: 19/Apr/2020 13:33

by Connor Bennett

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Streaming superstar Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has explained why he believes Valorant will “probably” overtake Counter-Strike: Global Offensive once it finally releases – though CS:GO does have still a few cards to play.

Since Valorant was initially teased by Riot Games as ‘Project A’, plenty of comparisons have been made between it and Valve’s iconic Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title. There are similarities in the economic system, buy menu, and more – though Valorant does have it’s Agent abilities.

Many Counter-Strike professionals have already tried their hand at Riot’s title and found plenty of success, with a few even making the switch competitively. As a result, there have been questions about whether or not this is the game that will finally dethrone CS:GO – and shroud has weighed in.

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Many comparisons have been made between CS:GO and Valorant.

During a recent stream, the former Counter-Strike professional was asked if he believed that Valorant would take down the game he made his name in. “Do you think Valorant will overtake CS? Erm, probably,” the Canadian responded. 

“I just think because its a much easier game to get into, much more pleasing to the eye, like a little bit more casual. Counter-Strike is a little bit more hardcore – a little bit more, but, you never know. With the Source 2 stuff that they plan to do, maybe it’ll be insane, who knows,” he added.

The former Cloud 9 member noted that the competition is certainly a good thing for CS:GO, though, seeing as Valve will have to keep the game updated in order to try and stave off players switching games.

The biggest change, as shroud pointed out, will come in the form of the switch to the Source 2 engine that has been rumored in a number of reports and insider claims.

Whether or not Valorant will be able to dethrone CS:GO on every level, though, very much remains up in the air. 

The eight-year-old Valve title has been going through a renaissance of late, constantly topping its concurrent player count record and having new updates that fulfill long-time requests from players.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.