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Tfue explains why “frustrating” Valorant won’t overtake CS:GO

Published: 10/Apr/2020 12:14

by Joe Craven

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Popular Fortnite professional Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney has explained why he doesn’t think Riot Games’ Valorant will pass CS:GO in terms of popularity, as fans flock to the former’s closed beta. 

Valorant – Riot Games’ first attempt at a first-person shooter – has been in closed beta since April 7, and has been immensely popular with those who have managed to get their hands on an access drop. 

Its popularity has led to a discussion in the video game community, with many wondering how far Valorant can go in terms of the world’s most popular titles. One of these is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve’s FPS that has broken a host of records since its 2012 release. 

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CS:GO has dominated esports viewership for years.

However, despite the bang with which it has landed, Tfue explained why he doesn’t think Valorant will overtake CS:GO in terms of popularity, especially from a competitive viewpoint. 

“Valorant’s like a more casual CS:GO,” he explained. “If you wanna die to f**king air-strikes, go play f**king Valorant. If you f**king wanna actually play a game that takes f**king true skill, play CS:GO.” 

Part of CS:GO’s appeal is the reliance on genuine skill, and not on assists like Valorant’s ultimates. A barebones tactical shooter, success in CS:GO almost entirely relies on a player’s gun skill, positioning, and game sense.

 “I mean the game’s good – I think it’ll do well,” Tenney continued. “I just don’t see it being bigger, competitive wise, than like CS, you know… hit by a bow through a wall, GG p**sy. It feels smooth though, and aiming engagements are good. It can just be frustrating at times.”

While Valorant is still in its beta we can expect a number of glitches to be prominent. However, Tfue summarized three big issues he has with Valorant, in its current build. 

“Valorant’s fun man, it’s a fun game,” he said. “The problems I have with it are [that] it’s too repetitive, it’s not fun to watch, and I feel like the abilities are not balanced. It was kinda like how Overwatch was at the start.” 

Despite his criticisms, Tfue emphasised that he thinks the game will be massively successful, but reiterated that Riot needs to “improve” large portions of the game. 

It’s no surprise that Valorant has issues it needs to iron out, especially in the beta stage, but Tfue clearly thinks its casual nature may prevent it from overtaking the likes of CS:GO. We’ll have to wait and see what Riot choose to do to improve their upcoming title. 

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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.