Former professional Counter-Strike player and popular Valorant streamer Tarik "Tarik" Celik has joined Sentinels as a content creator, both parties announced Tuesday.
According to Tarik in his announcement video, he indeed will be interested in being a substitute for Sentinels' professional Valorant roster if the opportunity arises.
"I think there's a lot of things that Sentinels and I have in common," Tarik said in his announcement video. "I think that they're very meme-y, which is something that I love and resonates with my brand a lot. They're also blunt about how they see things and they say it how it is, and I've been very vocal and critical about a lot of things in the community so I think that us together, it's going to be really interesting actually."
With a community that includes over 2.2 million Twitch followers, 611,000 Twitter followers and 595,000 YouTube subscribers, Tarik has easily become one of the most prominent North American content creators in the world, let alone Valorant.
When it comes to the Riot Games tactical shooter, especially with his watch parties for Valorant Champions Tour (VCT) events, Tarik's streams often see view counts that easily dominate the directory on Twitch.
Aside from simply elevating his brand and working with an org that is like-minded and has an interesting Valorant roster, Tarik emphasized Sentinels' welcoming of any criticism he has on the team moving forward.
"The Sentinels org knows that I'm going to continue to be myself," Tarik said. "They don't want me to hide who I am from the community so I will continue to be critical of them in what I see and how they perform and maybe it will add a little bit of fire under them to even push them further."
"When I saw that it was announced to be in İstanbul, I was shocked," Tarik said. "This is huge for not only just Valorant, but also the Turkish community. I've got roots from there, so it will be insane when I go there and actually get to hang out with all the fans, all the players, all the talent. I can't even imagine what it's going to be like."
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