Why Riot Games' Valorant Will Be The Next Big E-Sport Title
HWM Singapore|June 2020
Riot games is riot game no longer. The longstanding joke that the developer only has league of legends as its only game, is being upended in a big way, with the announcement of titles like digital collectible card game legends of runeterra and tactical shooter valorant.
But for fans of first-person shooters, and pros looking for the next e-sports sensation in which to showcase their talents, Valorant is the far more intriguing title.

The game is still in closed beta for now, but it's already managed to set new records and attract top players from titles that have been around for far longer. For starters, its limited closed beta launch in early April saw Valorant break the record for single-day hours watched in a single game category, with 34 million hours on the clock. At the same time, Valorant also hit a peak concurrent viewer total of 1.7 million, second only to the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. To say that people are excited about the game would seem like something of an understatement. These could all just be signs of a successful game. However, there's good reason to believe that Valorant will be successful not just as a fun shooter, but as the next first-person shooter with a massive competitive scene and robust tournament infrastructure.

IT'S BEING DEVELOPED BY RIOT GAMES

Riot Games needs no introduction. The developer of League of Legends is behind what is literally the most popular e-sport on the planet, and it has built a healthy and thriving tournament structure around it. Riot hosts the League of Legends World Championship every year, in addition to regional leagues, and it has seen compelling and emotional storylines play out on the big stage. Everyone who has their eye on Valorant is clearly thinking that one day it could enjoy similar support and success, even if Riot said in April that Valorant won't mirror League of Legends for now, preferring instead to take a slightly more hands-off approach and let the community evolve by itself.

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