Riot Games’ flagship title, “Vallorant,” is a well-known name in the international esports community. The manufacturer annually hosts several high-level tournaments for the popular first-person shooter (FPS) game.
The FPS game “Valorant” holds the title of the most-watched game on Twitch in 2022. Several popular video makers broadcast this game to showcase their mechanical gameplay. A group of professionals also compete in the worldwide Valorant tournament, making it one of the most-watched events in Twitch’s history.
What You Need to Know About the Most Watched FPS
Multiplayer games have always had a different aspect to them than others. Valorant offers a limited map for five-player matches using a classic first-person shooter setting. Agents are playable characters with unique skills and the ability to turn the tables on the game.
First-time players can choose from the Valorant classes. Duelist, Controller, Initiator, and Sentinel are the four classes of playable agents in the game. Each of these roles can be utilized differently on the map and are vital to the team’s success.
From our dev teams to your 5-stacks and solo queues—we've put together a few thanks for making this a great year for VALORANT.https://t.co/5oi1LIi1ge— VALORANT (@PlayVALORANT) December 23, 2022
It brings a tear to my eye to know how much the development team cares about their loyal fan base, such as making Premier Mode available as an anti-smurfing measure.
Is Valorant similar to CSGO?
The gameplay is quite similar to Counter-Strike. Global Offensive is similar to Global Offensive, with one major exception: the game is not a game of combat but a game of warfare. The equipment of the agents also determines the outcome of the gameplay. As a counterpart to FPS with realistic graphics, Valorant makes the genre more dynamic and vibrant – which may be why it is currently the most-watched FPS on Twitch 2022.
As Riot’s FPS has grown in popularity, well-known esports players such as ScreaM, TenZ, and Asuna have moved in and started participating in tournaments. The community of these prominent players stuck with them throughout the transition, and this 2022 brought in a huge number of new viewers on Valorant Twitch and YouTube.
Just as Valorant’s designers leaked the Messi skin, the World Cup may have played a role in contributing views to Twitch.
According to Streamcharts, VALORANT was the most viewed FPS on Twitch in 2022 with 1.126 billion hours watched.— Akshon Esports (@akshonesports) December 21, 2022
Making up the rest of the 3 most-watched FPS games of 2022 was Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (684.7 million) and Apex legends (640.97 million). pic.twitter.com/qu9PmIxd3Z
Most of the players are Filipinos, and that comedic inclusion may be one of the reasons why it soared.
Why it became the most-watched FPS
Another reason for Valorant’s popularity is that it is optimized. The game can be downloaded and played at a stable frame rate, even on low-end hardware. As a result, the community has grown exponentially in population in a short period. With little initial investment, players can quickly move up the ranks.
Notably, Riot Games officially organizes large-scale tournaments that have made many players world-famous. These tournaments are developed in real-time on the official Twitch and YouTube channels, making them a fan favorite. As a result, major titles like CS: GO and Apex Legends are behind Valorant as the most-watched FPS on Twitch 2022.
But that doesn’t mean these games are bad; get ready for highly technical and competitive tournaments, as the schedules for Apex Legends and CS: GO are now available.