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Earlier this week, Riot Games officially announced that its new FPS title, Valorant, will have a closed beta. Starting on April 7, players can sign up for a Riot account then watch select Twitch streams for a chance to enter the beta. With this announcement, Riot also revealed that various streamers and esports professionals were allowed to play Valorant over this past weekend.
That experience went rather well for a majority of those who participated. So well, in fact, that one Fortnite professional is even leaving the battle royale for the new FPS.
Fortnite pro switching to Valorant
Many people always suspected that various esports pros would try their hand at Valorant competitively. Riot built the FPS with a competitive aspect in mind, and everything we’ve seen backs that up. So, if a player from another esport is looking for a change, now is the perfect time to do so.
We saw the same thing with Overwatch in 2016. Blizzard’s open beta for the game in 2015 opened a lot of players’ minds. It was even enough to convince some to try and make a living off playing the shooter. The potential was clear for Overwatch from the start, and many are seeing the same in Valorant.
One Fortnite professional, Team Liquid’s Jake “Poach” Brumleve, clearly sees enough potential in the new FPS to quit his current game of choice. He recently made an announcement on Twitter stating his reasons for leaving Fortnite.
Stepping away from Fortnite
— POACH (@Poach) March 31, 2020
While Fortnite‘s esports scene has been on a steady decline since last summer’s World Cup, this was still a shock. Still, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few other battle royale pros follow in Poach’s footsteps now that he’s made his decision known.
Who else could follow the trend set by Poach? Let us know who you think, and keep up with Daily Esports for all gaming news.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.