As soon as Riot Games revealed Valorant as Project A, fans from every FPS genre clamored to gain access. It was quickly the hottest game on Twitch, and comparisons to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive started. And for good reasons, as the creators of Valorant consist of former developers and competitive players of Counter-Strike.
The game is built as a competitor of CS:GO with similarities in economy, menus, play style, gun recoil and spray patterns, and bomb objective; the list goes on and on.
And as the days went on, the topic of whether it would "kill" or "overtake" CS:GO started. While it's clear to many that CS:GO isn't going anywhere, Valorant will have its own place in the market.
When asked a similar question on Mixer, Michael "shroud" Grzesiek shared his feelings on the matter.
"Erm, probably. I just think because its a much easier game to get into, much more pleasing to the eye, like a little bit more casual. Counter-Strike is a little bit more hardcore – a little bit more, but, you never know. With the Source 2 stuff that they plan to do, maybe it’ll be insane, who knows."
It's clear that Valorant is a slightly more casual version of CS:GO which fits the model. Despite League of Legends having a high-skill ceiling, the game is much more casual than Dota 2, Valve's MOBA.
Valorant could easily fit in that niche, finding a higher player base and a successful esports scene at the same time. But CS:GO will still have the viewership and numbers. Unless Valve refuses to adapt, which they already have been over the past few weeks, CS:GO and Valorant will rival one another for years to come.