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.


Riot criticized for picking Ninja & Myth as “exclusive” Valorant co-streamers

Published: 1/Dec/2020 13:52 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 14:51

by Lauren Bergin


Valorant First Strike NA has become one of the fiercest competitions that we’ve seen in Future Earth’s short history. Valorant fans, however, aren’t pleased that Ninja and TSM Myth will be the only two streamers allowed to stream the tournament.

Valorant’s First Strike NA tournament has been one of the most hotly contested of the game’s global tournaments. There’s been upsets, crazy plays and a whole host of amazing competitive Valorant play for fans to sink their teeth into.

With the final leg of the NA tournament on the horizon, Riot Games have decided to grant exclusive co-streamer status to only two lucky personalities: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Bevins and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani of TSM.

The announcement has fallen slightly flat, however, and fans aren’t particularly thrilled over Riot’s choice of streamers.

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Valorant First Strike has been the biggest Valorant event to date.

Ninja & Myth are First Strike co-streamers

Riot Games announced on November 30 that Twitch goliaths Ninja and TSM Myth would be “exclusive co-streamers” of the First Strike: NA main event.

The news of an ‘exclusive’ co-streaming deal with the two content creators left a lot of fans and fellow streamers somewhat unpleased. It led to a plethora of Tweets and Reddit threads dedicated to discussion around whether or not it’s fair to grant exclusivity to these two personalities.

Fans hit back

The main element of this situation that has left fans disgruntled is the idea of Ninja and Myth being granted exclusivity to the First Strike stream. This means that any other streamers who planned on streaming the event won’t be able to.

Twitch streamer mOE responded with surprise that other streamers wouldn’t be able to stream the event:

A Tweet from another fan called for the inclusion of the Overwatch League’s Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson to the lineup. The caster hosts a weekly podcast called Plat Chat on YouTube, which is entirely dedicated to Valorant. He also streams frequently, so it would make a lot of sense to include him in the exclusive co-streamer list:

Some fans were so unimpressed that they took their concerns to Reddit, where a lengthy post on the ValorantCompetitive subreddit sees fans express their disappointment.

The thread, started by u/AnOldMonkOnDMT, notes that Ninja’s ‘polarizing personality’ coupled with TSM Myth’s ‘preference for TSM’ makes the idea of watching their co-streams unappealing.

Exclusive Co Streams for First Strike NA from r/ValorantCompetitive

The comments echo this:

Dexerto has reached out to Riot Games for comment.

Typically, esports tournaments will prevent streamers from ‘co-streaming’ to avoid diverting viewership from the official broadcast.