1.7 million! That’s how many people viewed the beta of a new game called “Valorant” on Twitch on its first day, according to the developer, Riot Games.

Only the 2019 final of the “League of Legends” championship has got more views — and that was also developed by Riot Games.

“Valorant” is a new tactical shooter scheduled to be released this summer.

The new game “Valorant” from League of Legends developer Riot Games is heavily inspired by “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive”, to say the least. (Photos: Riot Games/dpa)

Currently it’s running as a closed beta to which only selected people were initially invited.

However, if you watch their streams on Twitch you have a chance of being invited yourself — which undoubtedly caused the streaming numbers to skyrocket.

Max “Frodo” Krueger belongs to the select group of streamers who’ve been there since the start. “My first impression was the same as everyone else had: This is practically CS: GO, just a little different, a little fresher,” he told us.

He’s talking about “Counter-Strike: Global Offensive” and certainly the gameplay of “Valorant” is similar.

Two teams of five players compete against each other. One team is attacking and trying to place the so-called Spike, which will eventually explode. The other team tries to prevent the explosion.

Both teams can also win the round by eliminating the opposing team. Weapons and equipment can be purchased before the start of each round. After half-time there’s a change of sides.

“Valorant”, the new game from “League of Legends” developer Riot Games, was already a big hit before its official release. Heavily borrowing from the Counter-Strike series, this first-person shooter may have what it takes to be the next big thing in e-sports.

“Gunplay, weapon selection, movement, and complete gameplay like CS,” streamer Maximilian “HandOfBlood” Knabe tweeted recently. “Thought I was playing a CSGO Mod.”

However, he added that the game will probably still become a good e-sports title, perhaps thanks to the similarities.

Frodo has a similar view: “You have something that is fresh, but you also have a fundamental basis that you know works.”

The game also brings something new in that instead of the same characters all the time there were different agents, each with four skills. However, as with “CS:GO,” the use of weapons always stands in the foreground.

“In most cases, the capabilities are built in such a way that they complement the weapons,” says Frodo. “I’ve also had rounds where I didn’t use any skills at all.”

While “Counter-Strike” has a controversial reputation as a “killer game” with a realistic graphic style, “Valorant” looks more like a comic book and is less violent.

Frodo says the game still looks realistic enough so that it won’t be dismissed as too juvenile.

“Personally, I like that it’s a little cleaner than CS: GO and Overwatch. You hardly have anything to distract you,” he says.

It’s clear that Riot Games wants to establish “Valorant” as a new e-sports title and has already put plans in place. The scene should grow naturally, according to Whalen “Magus” Rozelle, Senior Director of Global Esports at Riot Games.

“We’re not looking to force anything too quickly without knowing what’s best for e-sports fans,” he said in a blog post.

First of all, they want to work with external tournament organisers. A franchise model like that of “League of Legends” could then follow at a later date.

However, the question remains whether “Valorant” will be able to assert itself against competitors such as “CS: GO,” “Overwatch” and “Rainbow Six Siege.”

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