Valorant or CSGO in 2020? Which one is a better career choice?

Valorant or CSGO in 2020, is a question that a lot of people ask when they want to dedicate themselves to one video game title, and hopefully build a career in it. Both Counter-Strike and Valorant require a lot of skill and practice, especially if you want to experience some high-level structured play.

But, before you choose one and hop onto the battlefield, make sure to read this detailed guide. I was involved in the Counter-Strike scene for quite some time, so I’m pretty confident in my ability to talk on this topic. So, I assume you’re quite excited to hear my opinion on these two popular FPS titles, so let’s not make this introduction any longer and jump straight the content that matters.

Valorant or CSGO in 2020 – Career Opportunities?

Since the Esports scene is evolving year after year, many young video-game enthusiasts are considering becoming a part of it, for a possible career opportunity. It’s not a secret that professional players earn a lot by playing these popular titles, so once a person gets introduced to those numbers, there isn’t much thinking done afterward.

For a lot of people, this is the career of their dreams. Playing video games and getting paid a salary that’s above average sounds like something that’s way too good to be true. But, it’s not nearly as easy as you might think it is to reach such a high level of play and go toe to toe against the best. Dedication and daily practice is the only way to get there, but there are a few other factors as well.

If you are just now entering the world of Esports, this article will be of great use. Let’s take a look at some of the things that matter the most for each of these two titles. If you are not sure which path to take, hopefully, we’ll help you make the right decision.

Valorant or CSGO in 2020 – Audience Comparison  

There’s no denying that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a larger audience than Valorant, but that’s sole because Valorant exists for less than half a year.

CSGO is a title that’s been around since forever, so we cannot put these two games in the same basket when it comes to the audience. But, that’s still an important factor, so it’s fair to mention it since we’re going to compare these two games from head to toe. After all, the size of the audience matters quite a lot, and here’s why.

How high your salary as an Esport athlete will depend on two different factors. The first one is sponsors, and the second one is prize pools of tournaments. So, if a game has a small audience, that means smaller interest from sponsors, therefore less chance for you to find a sponsor that pays well. Second, if the prize pool of tournaments is not supported by the community, through methods such as Battle Passes and Donations, then even winning one won’t be nearly as worth it as it should.

So, even though it’s still “unfair” to put Valorant in comparison to such a titan in the FPS world, it’s still something that you as a possible future esports athlete have to consider. But, since things don’t really happen overnight, and you probably won’t become a pro-player in just a few days, let’s take a look at some of the things that matter the most when it comes to improving.  

Valorant or CSGO in 2020 – Valorant’s Release

Ever since Riot Games announced Valorant or Project A since that was the first name for the game, they made their goals very clear. They wanted to create the perfect and most reliable competitive shooter game. Their idea was to create a perfectly balanced FPS title to fill up all the gaps that other, older Esport titles have.

One of the most promising ways to do this was their Riot Vanguard anti-cheat system. Since CSGO already has a major cheating issue, a lot of players found this to be the greatest thing that happened in the world of first-person-shooter games. But, things didn’t go as smoothly on release.

When Valorant came out, some cheat developers managed to bypass it completely, so we had hackers after the first few days, and it wasn’t pleasant meeting them. We’re not talking just regular wallhack, (which by the way Riot said couldn’t exist in their game due to their special Fog of War system, but we’ll get to that in a moment) hackers came in guns blazing with all sorts of aimbots as well.

Riot came out with an announcement that their Riot Vanguard anti-cheat is still not used at its full potential. They said their fog of war system is being saved for the release of the game. A few months pass and Valorant is fully released, the Riot Vanguard anti-cheat caused a lot of drama due to its Kernel Access capabilities, and hackers are still present, even in pro games.

So, in this aspect, we can say that both games are pretty equal at the moment. Whether Riot will keep their promise and make their “perfect shooter” completely cheater-free is still an unanswered question. But, it’s still too early to call their game out, especially after so many CSGO Professionals left their main game to play Valorant.

Valorant or CSGO in 2020 – The Learning Curve

If you are a beginner in the world of First-Person-Shooter games, the first question you probably want to know the answer to is which one of these two games is easier to learn. Well, I can only give you an honest answer, and that answer is neither one of them.

But, before you leave completely disappointed, hear me out on this. To compete professionally in any field today takes a lot of effort and dedication. Even if throwing stones at the river is your hobby, there’s still someone in this world who throws them further than you do, so you’ll have to work a lot to get on their level.

There are two different opinions on this, so let’s take a look at both of them.

Some believe that CSGO is easier to learn because there aren’t any complicated spells and abilities that you have to learn alongside the basic shooting and movement mechanics. But then, some say that CSGO is more difficult to learn because you have no abilities to help you when your aiming skills and reflexes fail you on a bad day. In Valorant, you can always defeat your enemy by using your abilities better than them, even though Riot promised that they won’t have such a large impact on the overall gameplay. Take Raze’s ultimate for example. Raze was, and probably still is the most hated pick in Valorant. She has an ultimate that can wipe out an entire team, and it takes zero skill to use it, which is not even close to the reality of Counter-Strike.

As you can see, nobody, including me, can say which game is easier to learn, especially since I have a lot more hours in Counter-Strike than I have in Valorant. One thing’s for sure though, the beginnings in both of these titles were quite difficult.  

Finding a team in Valorant or Counter-Strike

Now I honestly don’t want this article to sound like I have a favorite game out of these two, because the truth is, I don’t. I appreciate both of these titles equally, and I’m glad that they exist. However, when it comes to certain things such as finding teams or becoming a part of the pro-scene, I have to bash on csgo a bit more, and here’s why.

The way young esport athletes make their way into the pro scene in CSGO is by being lucky. But, not everyone can be lucky, which is probably something that you’ve learned in life by now. You see, players start to get noticed when they enter the more popular leagues, such as the Faceit Pro League – Challenger (FPL-C), or the Faceit Pro League (FPL).

Now I understand that you have to be the best of the best to enter this league, but sometimes RNG plays a huge role in it, and I think that a lot of players are not given a chance because of it. You can play the best twenty qualifying games of your life, but still lose because someone on your team is having a bad day, or the enemies are just synergized perfectly, once again because of RNG.

Needless to say, the scene in counter-strike is huge, yet not so many players are recognized and sponsored.

This is why I believe that finding a team in Valorant should be easier for you, especially if you are starting just now. Riot will most-likely find a way to let smaller teams prove themselves through methods such as “The Clash” in League of Legends, which unfortunately is not a part of Valve’s Counter-Strike. Even Dota2 has a battle-cup where a completely unknown team can make a name for themselves if they’re good enough. But, who knows, now that CSGO has some serious competition, maybe things will change in the near future.