Valorant: Shroud explains why Riot's new shooter won't share Counter Strike's skin system
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Valorant: Shroud explains why Riot's new shooter won't share Counter Strike's skin system

Lloyd Coombes
3 April 2020

Shroud can't see Valorant going the Valve route with skins – can you?

Valorant, Riot Games' next big project, is getting people talking – with the beta arriving today!

Some of the world's top streamers have been able to get their hands on it, and former Counter-Strike Pro Michael 'Shroud' Grzesiek has offered his thoughts on the game's skin economy.

During a stream, Shroud was asked if he thinks Valorant will have a similar skin economy to Valve's long-running tactical shooter – and was emphatic in his response.

No f**king way. No, no way that happens,” he said. “Riot is the company that is behind Valorant, right, and the best way to view it is that they’re probably going to do something similar to League of Legends. There’s no way they would ever do something like Valve.”

Shroud's reasoning for this is the link between Steam (Valve's digital distribution platform), and the game itself.

“That sh*t is what is keeping Steam and Valve alive, you know what I mean. But, I also think it is way too risky of a model for any other game developer to attempt.”

For what it's worth, Riot has already confirmed there will be no loot boxes in Valorant, and that unique weapon skins are the order of the day.

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