New CS:GO Agent Released With Operation Riptide Based on French Martyr

Valve dedicates an agent to a real life hero.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Valve has created one of the newly released CS:GO agents based on a French martyr.
The CS:GO agent Gendarmerie Nationale Officer Jacques Beltram has been dedicated to French martyr, Arnaud Beltrame.
Arnaud Beltrame, during the March 2018 terrorist attack in France, had negotiated the release of all the hostages in exchange for himself, as mentioned in the character bio.

The newly released Operation Riptide is full of surprises as Valve has made some huge changes to CS:GO's gameplay while also introducing a lot of new skins. However, the most interesting discovery was Valve dedicating one of the new agent's to a real life French martyr, Arnaud Beltrame.

Gendarmerie Nationale Officer Jacques Beltram is the CS:GO agent that is based on the French martyr, who was a lieutenant colonel in the French Nationale Gendarmerie. The description of the game's character has been inspired from that of Beltrame's, following the incident of 24th March 2018 when he was murdered by a terrorist during an attack on a supermarket in the southern town of Trèbes, France.

Valve creates new CS:GO agent in memory of a French martyr

The character of Gendarmerie Nationale Officer Jacques Beltram who was recently added to CS:GO along with Operation Riptide is actually based on a real French martyr.

Arnaud Beltrame, during the March 2018 terrorist attack on a supermarket, had negotiated the release of all the hostages, switching places with the last one. The in-game character's part of the description matches the real life heroics of Beltrame.

Arnaud Beltrame, after a three hour standoff with the terrorist was stabbed and shot by him. Beltrame had sustained four bullet shots but died because of the stab wounds to his throat.

There is also the uncanny similarity between the surname of the martyr and the CS:GO character, along with the fact that he is a highly decorated soldier like Beltrame who was posthumously awarded the Legion of Honour, which is the highest French order or merit.

Operation Riptide - CS:GO Agent Jacques Beltram

This is not the first time that Valve has secretively paid tribute to someone. In its tenth operation, Operation Broken Fang, the developers had paid their respect to the following people in their own way.

McSkillet Logo on CS:GO Map Engage

  • Valve has previously dedicated another one of their agents named SWAT | Cmdr. Mae ‘Dead Cold’ Jamison to Mae C. Jemison, who was the first African American female astronaut to be admitted into NASA’s astronaut training program. Mae C. Jemison also went to space.

In its own way Valve takes an effort to pay tribute to people they admire or respect. Valve does not outright say anything about it or mention it anywhere specifically but the community however always tends to find out what the developers wanted to convey and their tribute tends to get acknowledged.

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Aditya is the in-house CS:GO writer at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.