shroud is worried about CSGO as more players switch to Valorant

By Fariha Bhatti


Mar 22, 2021

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Former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Michael “shroud” Grzesiek has once again weighed in on the CSGO versus Valorant debate, and this time he seems concerned about his former “main game”. 

When Riot’s tactical shooter was released in 2020, players were quick to compare it to CSGO, one of the most venerated tactical shooters ever made. FPS fans have pitted Valorant against CSGO, but both games have succeeded with their own player bases. shroud was one of the first famous names to claim that Valorant will overtake Valve’s shooter in popularity. The former competitive player still holds that same stance today, but Valorant’s growth has him eve more worried about the game he spent so many years playing. 

In a recent stream, shroud acknowledged the impact of Valorant’s rapid success. The Twitch streamer thinks that Valorant’s growth puts CSGO’s future in jeopardy. 

“I worry for CS, if they don’t do something new and nice. I won’t be surprised if [Valve] lets it die, but I doubt it. CSGO is their baby,” shroud said.

The conversation started when shroud came across Keith “NAF” Markovic’s Valorant teaser that various other CSGO pros have been using to troll fans. The rifler posted a Reyna GIF on Twitter, similar to what Kenny “kennyS” Schrub and Tarik “tarik” Celik had earlier teased on their own handles. The tweet caught shroud’s attention, who said they may be trolling right now, but the Valorant switch is imminent for many CSGO pro players. 

shroud isn’t entirely in the wrong. kennyS and NBK have stated that a Valorant switch isn’t yet in the cards as of now, but they didn’t rule out the possibility for the future. NBK even mentioned that he might consider Riot’s shooter later down the line. While these players aren’t instantly jumping on the Valorant bandwagon, it’s likely that another CSGO player exodus will soon follow if Valve continues to neglect the title compared to Riot’s constant updates to Valorant.

Is CSGO dying in 2021? 

In 2020, CSGO hit the 1 million mark, proving that new FPS games have failed to sway its dedicated player base. In 2021, the game continues to show new players logging into their steam accounts to enjoy a classic tactical experience, with another increase of players registered in February showing a successful future ahead of CSGO. Contrary to the rumours, Valve’s shooter is doing just fine.