Riot Games first person tactical shooter, Valorant has overtaken the popular FPS game and it’s known competitor Counter Strike: Global Offensive in terms of revenue for the current year 2021.
It’s been the first time since their launch in June 2020, that Valorant became the top grossing title of its genre on PC, beating Valve’s CS:GO and Epic Games Fortnite.
As stated by Superdata in their reports, Valorant’s total earnings went up by 39% and concurrent player numbers rose up to 29% compared to the data of the previous month (December – January).
Additionally, the report also states that out of the 29% of players that increased, 72% of them were the players who got back to the game again after a break.
With minimal system requirements and not so complex gaming mechanics, it’s a comparatively easy to learn game that inspires new players to get in and get comfortable with agents. While the learning curve of this game is quite steep and mastering particular agents might take hours of practice.
Riot is known for their regular updates and constantly working on player feedback.
Riot is very well experienced with the free-to-play nature of games and knows their way around convincing users to spend on in-game cosmetics and other microtransactions.
With the recent Episode 2: Act 2 Update, a variety of things are brought into the game, starting from the battle pass to the new agent ‘Astra’ which sure did help achieve the numbers for Riot this month.