What is Valorant, Can it Be The Next Big Esports Title and Will You Be Able To Bet On It?

What is Valorant, Can it Be The Next Big Esports Title and Will You Be Able To Bet On It?

Back in October, Riot Games announced they’re actively working on a brand-new FPS game with massive esports aspirations. Unsurprisingly, the announcement echoed throughout the esports sphere, with many fans desperately craving for a new IP in the industry.

Riot Games made the initial announcement during its 10-year anniversary stream in October. More precisely, Riot announced Project A, a brand-new character-based tactical shooter. At the time, we didn’t know much about the game other than its genre.

However, a few days ago, Riot Games came forth with a bunch of new information, including the game’s real name, character information, ability information, and a bit more info regarding its main gameplay mechanics.

Of course, we at TheSportsGeek aren’t that big on video games! Sure, we love to game every now and then, but we’re much more into online sports betting. Still, Valorant intrigued us. How come? Well, not only does it have massive potential in the gaming sphere but a whole lot of it in the esports betting world too.

From the looks of things, betting on Valorant could become as big as CS:GO and League of Legends, and we all know what a massive betting ecosystem both games possess. With that said, it’s going to be interesting to see how Valorant develops and will it be able to live up to Riot Games’ high standards.

What is Valorant AKA Project A?

First things first – Valorant is an FPS (first-person shooter) game. It’s not set in the League of Legends universe, and it’s nowhere near the likes of legends of Runeterra or Teamfight Tactics in terms of gameplay and atmosphere. From the looks of things, Valorant is set on Earth and will feature small, narrow maps, similar to those in CS:GO.

In terms of gameplay, we’re looking at a round-based system here, with twenty-five total rounds. The team that wins thirteen wins the match. Furthermore, Valorant is a tactical first-person shooter with short TTK (time to kill) mechanics. In other words, this means a well-placed headshot with a rifle will result in an instant kill.

Obviously, short TTK means Valorant is going to be vastly different than a long TTK game like Overwatch. The map layout and gameplay speed, however, bring Valorant closer to CS:GO, thanks to bomb defusal maps with layouts, bomb sites and choke points, all similar to that of Valve’s FPS masterpiece.

However, Valorant will have a lot more diversity when it comes to the map pool. Thus far, we’ve seen maps with not two but three bomb sites, which will add a different taste to the gameplay. On top of that, we’ve also seen a map that has no middle portion, instead featuring two one-way portals that make a loud sound every time someone uses them. These are all great ideas and perfectly suit Valorant’s distant future atmosphere.

How Does Valorant Stack Against CS:GO and Overwatch

Weapons and abilities will be purchasable before the start of each round, but your inventory will carry over to the next round if you survive. Additionally, Valorant will have several different classes aka characters aka agents, each featuring unique abilities that’ll affect the gameplay and create (or limit) players opportunities to engage their opponents.

Valorant Image

While this might seem a lot like Overwatch, agents’ abilities won’t have nearly as much impact on the gameplay as heroes in Overwatch. Combine that with short TTK gameplay, and you’ll realize Valorant is more similar to Rainbow Six Siege and CS:GO than Overwatch. But, then again, from the gameplay we’ve seen thus far, the game’s speed seems to be leaning more towards CS:GO than Rainbow Six Siege, meaning we can expect fast-paced character-based action unlike any other.

First Look At Valorant’s Characters and Their Abilities

As mentioned earlier, Valorant will feature several different characters dubbed as “agents”. Each will have four unique abilities, one they get for free each round, two they have to buy, and one ultimate ability they earn by getting kills. And that could be the thing that separates Valorant from other similar first-person shooters and pushes it to great heights in the esports sphere. If Riot Games executes everything correctly, that is!

With that in mind, here’s a closer look at eight Valorant agents we know of at the moment:

Phoenix

  • Hot Hands (F)
  • Blaze
  • Curveball (S)
  • Run it Back (U)

Jett

  • Cloudburst (F)
  • Updraft
  • Tailwind (S)
  • Blade Storm (U)

Viper

  • Snakebite (F)
  • Poison Cloud
  • Toxic Screen (S)
  • Viper’s Pit (U)

Sova

  • Shock Bolt (F)
  • Owl Drone
  • Recon Bolt (S)
  • Hunter’s Fury (U)

Cypher

  • Trapwire (F)
  • Cyber Cage
  • Spycam (S)
  • Neural Theft (U)

Brimstone

  • Incindiary (F)
  • Stim Beacon
  • Sky Smoke (S)
  • Orbital Strike (U)

Sage

  • Slow Orb (F)
  • Barrier Orb
  • Healing Orb (S)
  • Resurrection (U)

Omen

  • Paranoia (F)
  • Shadow Walk
  • Dark Cover (S)
  • From the Shadows (U)

LEGEND

  • (F) – Free ability
  • (S) – Signature ability
  • (U) – Ultimate ability

What Can Esports Betting Enthusiasts Expect from Valorant

The game hasn’t even been released yet, and there’s already a bunch of discussions regarding the potential betting options, lines and odds. Even though it might seem weird, it’s nothing surprising considering the expected scale of the game as well as the developers behind it.

Riot Games, the company proudly standing behind the esports giant League of Legends, has been in the esports betting actions ever since its earliest days. They know the recipe for creating a healthy competitive ecosystem that drives esports betting enthusiasts with entertaining gameplay and a wide variety of quantifiable stats.

The latter is of utmost importance for a healthy dose of betting options. Even though Valorant probably won’t have the special bets’ diversity like League of Legends, considering the fact it’s a short TTK, there will definitely be a ton of stuff for esports betting enthusiasts to explore.

The biggest esports betting sites will have a lot of work on their hands once Valorant comes out, and the first top-tier events start rolling in. The adjustment period will be rough around the edges, especially since there will be a ton of demand for betting lines right off the bat.

Potential Valorant Betting Options

So, if you’re interested in betting on Valorant months before the game’s release, here’s what you can expect in terms of Valorant betting options:

Match-Winners

This is your typical esports wager. It represents the standard Moneyline betting option, where you have to choose a team you think will win the given match. Since most esports matches can’t finish in a draw, most of the time you’ll be looking at two-way match-winners in which you can pick either team A or team B. Three-way match-winners exist too, but they’re quite rare in the esports scene.

Round-Based Totals

As mentioned earlier, Valorant is going to be a round-based game, featuring twenty-five total rounds. The first team that wins thirteen rounds wins the match; it doesn’t get any simpler than that. Similarly to, let’s say CS:GO betting sites, Valorant betting sites will also feature a plethora of round-based totals.

The premise of round-based totals is rather simple – the bookie gives you an average number of rounds, and you have to guess whether the given match will have fewer or more rounds than the specified number. The odds are usually spread even on both ends. If you’re planning on betting on round-based totals, make sure you find Valorant betting sites that have the lowest profit margins.

Map-Based Totals

This Valorant bet option is quite similar to round-based totals but revolves around maps instead. That said, it will only be available during Bo3, Bo5, and potentially Bo7 (best of) matchups. In a Bo3, you’ll have to choose over or under 2.5 maps. In a Bo5, you’ll have to choose over or under 3.5 or 4.5 maps.

Player vs. Player Totals

This bet type has become rather popular in the world of CS:GO and LoL betting. It pins two (sometimes more) players against each other, and you’re supposed to pick the one you think will have the most kills/deaths/assists/captures. There’s no average number here – you’re not betting against the bookie. You’re betting against the remaining players, which makes this Valorant betting option that much more entertaining.

Agent-Based Specials

This one is pretty obscure and is based on our current (very limited) knowledge about the game. Since Valorant is set to feature multiple different agents with several unique abilities, perhaps Valorant betting sites will incorporate entertaining agent-based specials. We’re not quite sure what they would look like but it’s definitely an interesting concept that could yield great results if executed properly.

Donnie Mitchell / Author

Donnie hails from the Midwestern US and happily embraces the nerd stereotype. He likes writing about CS:GO, Overwatch, Fortnite, and anything esports-related, really. He also dabbles in the world of cryptocurrency and how that might tap into the esports betting world. Donnie stepped into the gambling side of esports just a few years back. Donnie is currently married and owns two large dogs, who may or may not be named after Mario and Luigi.