Why Valorant is growing so fast in India?
Indian Esports saw a boost in recent years after PUBG was accepted by people of all age groups. The obsession among the country’s avid gamers just saw a surge with the lockdown. People started to invest their free time playing their favorite games including CS:GO, Dota 2, and many more. However, the number just increased with the launch of Valorant. Even during the beta, when India was not a part of the closed phrase, Riot Games received a huge number of requests for beta keys during the program. The number ran into tens of thousands. Sukamal Pegu, the publishing head at Riot Games (Southeast Asia) said that even though they launched Valorant in India with a clear roadmap of the game’s future and how they will support here.
For those who are not familiar with the game, Valorant is a 5v5 character-based tactical shooter video game from Riot Games. Fans of the multiplayer FPS genre will feel familiar playing this game but at the same time, they will get the new character-based gameplay which adds a lot of flavors. Riot Games intentionally kept the required pc specifications low so that people all over the globe can just join in and enjoy the game without worrying much. With popular streamers like Ninja, Shroud, and others streaming the game in Twitch and even some retired professional players coming out of retirement to join in the Valorant pro scene, the game spread like wildfire, and India was no exception. Released on 2nd June, India has already seen a major tournament (The Esports Club AMD Valorant Cup) with teams competing for a prize pool of INR 70K with more following soon.
We can safely say that Indian PC and Esports scene have received relatively lower traction if compared with mobile gaming despite having titles like CS:GO, Dota 2, PUBG, and others. Valorant seems to change the scene by combining familiar tactical shooting gameplay with MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) games. Removing a price tag and the option to be able to run in almost any computer equals more players actually playing the game. Other than that, Riot is already in talks for developing a server just for India which will cause a massive influx of players. Right now, Valorant seems to be the only worthy adversary of CS:GO which is the most played PC Game in India. Since both games have a big and loyal player base, only time will tell which game will prevail dominant. We have compared both games to find out which game seems to be better on paper and got some pretty interesting results. Click here to find out.
Also, if you thinking of giving the game a try, make sure to check out our Valorant guide for beginners. Click here to find out