ScreaM still prefers CSGO to Valorant, despite success in VCT

By Fariha Bhatti


May 20, 2021

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Tyler “Ninja” Blevins recently asked his fans a question, with Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom giving him a surprising answer. 

Counter-Strike has some of the sharpest shooters in all of esports but even against that fierce competition, ScreaM earned the label of “Headshot Machine.” His departure from the game in favor of Valorant was met with sadness, but a recent tweet shows he’s still a CSGO guy for life even if he’s playing Riot Games’ tactical shooter at the moment. 

Twitch streamer Ninja recently asked his fans what their “it” game is. Many players responded with the games they’d play for the rest of their lives, but fans couldn’t help but notice ScreaM’s unexpected response. The Valorant professional player picked CSGO as the game that he can play for the rest of his life:

His one-word answer was enough to send CSGO fans into a tizzy. Many are exhausted from watching the Valorant-inspired mass exodus of hot prospects looking for greater stability and proven veterans looking for a fresh start. His single tweet quickly gained traction among his fans, who saw him hit some of CSGO’s greatest heights. While some were surprised, most fans called for him to return to Valve’s shooter for good. 

ScreaM is still regarded as one of the best pure shooters in Counter-Strike. The 26-year old was an early CSGO star with VeryGames and was one of the biggest names in the French shuffles of 2015 and 2016. He enjoyed solid runs with a number of top teams including Team EnVyUs and G2 Esports. His crisp shooting earned him the title of “Headshot Machine” in CSGO, and to this day players talk about his one taps. 

An extended stay on Team GamerLegion’s bench marked the end of his Counter-Strike career. ScreaM officially began competing in Valorant in June 2020 and came under Team Liquid’s banner shortly thereafter. 

Will screaM come back to CSGO? 

Despite his love for CSGO, it’s doubtful that he’ll return anytime soon. Team Liquid has been quite successful in Valorant, with screaM as the driving force behind many wins. Considering the team’s record, screaM’s coming back to CSGO seems highly unlikely. 

Under screaM’s leadership, Team Liquid has managed to qualify for the VCT Masters in Iceland, Valorant’s biggest event so far. Clearly, he’s a valuable asset to the team and won’t be switching games anytime soon.