Shroud Explains Why CS:GO Will Remain A More Popular Esport Title Than Valorant

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Shroud Explains Why CS:GO Will Stay the More Popular Esport Title Compared to Valorant

The Canadian streamer was team CS:GO this time around.

Aditya Singh Rawat
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Popular Twitch streamer Shroud explains why CS:GO will remain a more popular esports title than Valorant.
Shroud compares the simplistic viewership experience delivered by CS:GO which remains unmatched by Valorant.
CS:GO registered a peak of more than 2.5 million concurrent viewers during the recently concluded PGL Major Stockholm 2021.

The CS:GO community was ecstatic yesterday as the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 concluded with NAVI winning its first-ever Major, along with the record-breaking viewership set by this Major. It was a loud and clear signal that CS:GO was indeed alive and far from being the dead game that everyone deemed it to be.

Popular Canadian streamer Michael "shroud" Grzesiek had previously sided with Valorant on quite a few occasions to the extent of explaining why the latest Major winner Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev should switch to Valorant. But, Shroud recently claimed that CS:GO was indeed the superior esports title from a viewers perspective when compared to Valorant.

Shroud explains why CS:GO is a better esports title than Valorant from a viewers perspective

The 27-year-old Twitch streamer, Shroud, who is also a former professional CS:GO player was streaming the grand finals of the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 between NAVI and G2 Esports yesterday on 7th November.

After having hosted the watch party, Shroud went ahead to play and stream a few games of Valorant. Before jumping into a game, he explained what gives CS:GO an upper hand over Valorant as an esports title is that CS:GO attracts a lot of viewers.

Shroud approached the answer from the perspective of a spectator, how is a viewer likely to experience both CS:GO and Valorant. It is this simplistic viewing experience that makes one game stand out from the other as an esports title.

Valorant (needs) a little bit more of a deeper understanding. That’s the tricky part about it. Like, when you watch CS:GO, you understand when a smoke, Molotov, or a grenade is thrown. It’s simple, right? Click some heads. In this (Valorant), it is the same concept (like CS:GO) but it looks different so people don't quite understand it. So its just like an extra layer of complexity that somebody really can't appreciate unless they are playing the game themselves.
Michael "shroud" Grzesiek

Basically, Shroud says that the logic of 'Agents' with their own unique skill set and the way their abilities are represented is what weighs the game down, when compared to CS:GO's simplistic and realistic approach that makes everything self-explanatory for the viewer.

I’ve had my grandma watch Counter-Strike and understand it. It’s super simple to understand from a watching perspective for the first time.
Michael "shroud" Grzesiek

This was Shroud's take on why CS:GO has more potential and is a better esport than Valorant from a spectator's overall experience. Maybe this was one of the reasons behind the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 reaching a peak of more than 2.5 million concurrent viewers!

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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.