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Shroud explains why he believes Valorant will last at least 10 years

Published: 12/May/2020 6:31 Updated: 12/May/2020 7:15

by Andrew Amos


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has fallen in love with Riot Games’ Valorant. He’s been grinding the new tactical FPS full-time on his stream, and believes it has a bright future past its explosive launch.

Fortnite. Overwatch. Apex Legends. Valorant. FPS as a genre has seen a huge resurgence in the past five years. While the market once upon a time was all CSGO, Halo, and Call of Duty, numerous titles have risen in recent years.

No matter your taste of shooter, there’s bound to be a competitive game out there for you. This bodes well for newer releases like Valorant, according to Shroud, who says despite the stiff competition, these title are here to stay.

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Shroud believes Valorant won’t be here just years from now, but decades.

Shroud was answering viewers’ questions on stream when the topic of FPS games came up. Even with the market getting saturated with more titles, Shroud believes that the scene is healthy.

Games that once struggled, like Escape from Tarkov, are now thriving. New titles like Valorant don’t knock others off their mantle, but bring everyone else up. In his eyes, FPS games will never die, but some other genres are on their way out.

“FPS games aren’t even close [to dying],” he said. “The games that are on the end stages of their lives are RTS [real time strategy] games. They don’t have much left, unless they get revitalized through some other genre.”

He then focused on why this is the case. Shroud himself said that he never gets tired of playing Valorant, and said it’s almost impossible for him to get bored.

“‘Do you start getting bored when you’re playing Valorant?’ Nope, not at all,” he said. “It’s a hard game to get bored of to be honest.”

He also added that the longevity of some FPS titles speaks volumes about how healthy the genre is overall, especially compared to other titles.

“Counter-Strike has lasted two decades. Escape from Tarkov ⁠— f**king years and years and years. Valorant’s going to last another ten years probably. Call of Duty, biggest FPS in the world. Halo, Overwatch ⁠— FPS is the genre,” he said.

Counter-Strike as a franchise turns 20 years old in November this year.

Some might say it’s a bit early to start singing Valorant’s successes. After all, Riot’s first venture in FPS titles is only a month old. However, it’s found ludicrous amounts of success ⁠— smashing Twitch records, and players are doing anything for closed beta access.

Given how much shroud has fallen in love with the game, one can only imagine that 10 years down the line, he will still be gearing up to launch himself into Valorant ⁠— and there’ll be thousands, maybe even millions, following his lead.


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.