Earlier this week, Riot Games announced that its new FPS title, VALORANT, would have a closed beta. Starting on April 7, players in select regions may sign up for a Riot account and watch certain Twitch streams for a chance to enter the beta. As part of this announcement, Riot indicated that streamers and esports pros were allowed to play VALORANT this last weekend. It went so well that one Fortnite professional is even leaving the game for the new FPS.
Professionals leaving games
It doesn’t come as surprising that many esports pros would want to try out VALORANT. Riot Games built the game with a competitive component in mind, and everything about the gameplay backs that up. So if players are looking to change up the games they’re playing, now is a great time to make that shift.
The same thing happened with Overwatch when it launched in 2016. Blizzard’s open beta during 2015 opened many players’ minds to the new opportunity. It proved enough to make numerous players try and make a living off of playing it. The potential for competition is high with Overwatch and many think so of VALORANT as well.
Fortnite pro leaving for VALORANT
One Fortnite professional has already decided to make the change. Team Liquid’s Jake “Poach” Brumleve sees sufficient potential in the new FPS and has quit his current game of choice. He even went so far as to make the announcement on Twitter, along with his reasons for leaving Fortnite.
Fortnite’s esports scene isn’t what it once was. Since last summer’s World Cup, the esports scene remained in steady decline. It wouldn’t be surprising if many more esports professionals decided to change things up and leave their own games for newer titles like VALORANT.
Who else may make the switch? Let us know who you think will change ships!