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

Published: 10/Apr/2020 12:14

by Joe Craven


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. 

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. 


Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett


A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
ENCE TV, YouTube
Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.