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Shroud explains why Valorant won’t have CSGO’s skin system

Published: 3/Apr/2020 12:26

by Connor Bennett


Streaming star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has explained why Riot Games won’t follow in the footsteps of Valve and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive when it comes to a skin economy in Valorant. 

Ever since it was announced back in October of 2019, Riot Games’ Valorant has grabbed the attention of gamers from across the globe – with incredible levels of hype building prior to the game’s closed beta period.


A number of streamers and other content creators have been able to get hands-on with the upcoming shooter, revealing their initial thoughts about what they’ve played. As a result, they’ve been able to delve into other details and answer questions from fans about what they’ve seen. 

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Valorant will be getting weapon skins, but they won’t be inspired by League of Legends.

During a recent stream, shroud fielded a number of these questions – especially in relation to how it compares to CS:GO – seeing as the Mixer star was a long-time CS pro. Though, not everything was about gameplay.


“Do you think Valorant will have a CSGO skin economy? No f**king way. No, no way that happens,” he said. “Riot is the company that is behind Valorant, right, and the best way to view it is that they’re probably going to do something similar to League of Legends. There’s no way they would ever do something like Valve.”

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The Canadian added that Valve’s method is “very unique” and it’s unlikely that anyone else would follow in their footsteps. “It is super, super unique, and it is what makes Steam and Valve so successful. Not the games, but what is inside the game’s,” shroud noted. 

“That sh*t is what is keeping Steam and Valve alive, you know what I mean. But, I also think it is way too risky of a model for any other game developer to attempt.” 


Riot Games has already confirmed that the free-to-play FPS won’t have loot boxes and agent skins, with the focus being put on adding unique weapon skins. 

Though, it appears that if players are hoping to collect them all, they better hope that they get incredibly lucky or that shroud is wrong.


Flashpoint Season 2 details revealed: $1 million prize pool, teams, more

Published: 7/Oct/2020 2:50

by Andrew Amos


Flashpoint is returning for Season 2 on November 9, featuring 12 top CS:GO teams playing online duking it out over a $1 million prize pool. Seven teams from Season 1 have been confirmed to return.

After an up-and-down first season, Flashpoint is looking at making things right in Season 2. They are bringing the big guns too, retaining their $1 million prize pool, while also looking to up the competition with new teams.


The CS:GO league, which is a rival to ESL Pro League, will be returning to your screens on November 9. The competition this time will be hosted in Europe, taking place online with a studio broadcast.

Flashpoint Season 2 to boast $1 million prize pool

The big selling point of Flashpoint is its $1 million prize pool. With $500,000 going to the winner, winning Flashpoint can set teams up for the rest of the year.


There will be no format changes for Flashpoint Season 2. The three-phase points system, including three double-elimination groups of four, will remain as the format of choice. The top eight teams in the regular season will then progress to the double-elimination playoffs.

The tournament will still be held online, however. They are aiming to get all teams over to Europe to play, while also having the broadcast hosted out of the B Site studio in London.

“We’re eager to give our fans a raw and unfiltered CS:GO tournament series while still taking necessary precautions to keep players safe,” commissioner Christopher ‘MonteCristo’ Mykles said in a statement.

Flashpoint trophy on stage with MAD Lions logo
Flashpoint Season 1 champions MAD Lions will be returning to defend their title.

Flashpoint Season 2 teams

12 teams will compete in Flashpoint Season 2. Of those, 10 will be directly invited, while the remaining squads will make it in through two Open Qualifiers. The top four teams from each qualifier will then duke it out in a double-elimination bracket to decide the final two teams.

Seven squads from Season 1 are returning to the online competition, including Season 1 champions MAD Lions, finalist MIBR, and the new-look Cloud9. One notable omission is partner team FunPlus Phoenix, who are instead working on building for 2021 after their Season 1 disaster.

“Our plan is to take our time and focus on 2021. We don’t want to make any rushed decisions, as our main goal is to build a promising, long-lasting roster. We are currently in talks with several orgs and individual players,” general manager Petar Markovic said on October 6.


The list of confirmed teams are:

  • Cloud9
  • c0ntact
  • Dignitas
  • Envy
  • Gen.G
  • MAD Lions
  • MIBR

Flashpoint Season 2 will kick off on November 9.