Riot Games’ first-person shooter (FPS) Valorant is emerging as a new rival in the domestic PC room FPS game genre dominated by ‘Sudden Attack’ and ‘Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds’. The related industry is paying attention to whether Riot Games can establish a position in the FPS market with Valorant’s growth on its back.
According to related industries on the 22nd, the first-person shooter (FPS) game ‘Valorant’ serviced by Riot Games is showing rapid growth. Valorant is a 5v5 character-based tactical shooter that was first released in June 2020.
At the time of its release, Valorant did not have very good results. This is because they could not overcome strongholds such as Krafton’s Battleground and Sudden Attack. However, it gradually gained popularity from the end of last year, and since June of this year, it entered the top 10 PC room popularity rankings. In the end, Valorant surpassed Sudden Attack and Battle Ground on September 17th to take the top spot with a 6% share of the total PC room.
The related industry cites steady updates and various events as the reason for Valorant’s rapid growth. It is analyzed that the creation of an environment for users also played a role here. In fact, Riot Games attracted users’ attention with in-game content and various marketing events. In addition, it made continuous efforts, such as proposing various measures to prevent nuclear weapons.
Related industries agree that the popularity of Valorant will continue to increase in the future. This is because the Korean team is expected to attract a large number of users as the Korean team has achieved high results in the recent e-sports league. On September 18, the e-sports team ‘DRX’, which participated in ‘2022 Valorant Champions: Istanbul’ as the Korean representative, finished third and recorded the best performance in the history of the Korean team.
The industry analyzed that DRX performance has no choice but to influence the expansion of Valorant usage and market share. Recent events and continuous convenience updates are also considered factors to increase the influx of users.
Riot Games, Valorant to secure FPS position
The industry is also predicting that Riot Games, which has gained growth in Valorant, will be able to solidify its position as an FPS game company in the domestic FPS game market in the second half of this year.
Currently, in the domestic FPS game market, Nexon’s Sudden Attack, Krafton’s Battleground, and Blizzard’s Overwatch are fighting for dominance. As of last month’s usage time, Sudden Attack’s share was 5.96%. Battleground is 5.32%, Overwatch is 3.86%. Valorant recorded 3.73% during the same period, closely following the top three games competing for dominance.
An industry official said, “There is no game that can be called a strong player in the domestic FPS game market.” “As the market share fluctuates greatly due to updates, etc., the rapid growth of Valorant is a situation in which Riot Games can sufficiently solidify its position.” .
However, fierce competition is expected in the FPS market as domestic and foreign game companies are planning to release new large-scale FPS games from the second half of the year. Most of the games are receiving favorable reviews from users through the global game distribution platform Steam.
Blizzard Entertainment, a service provider of Overwatch, will release ‘Overwatch 2’ in October. Nexon, which serves Sudden Attack, is speeding up the development of ‘First Descendant’ and ‘Vailed Expert’. Netmarble plans to introduce ‘Overprime’ and Kakao Games plans to introduce ‘Distera’ respectively.
By Song Ga-young [email protected]