Today is the first anniversary of Riot’s entry into the competitive shooting game “Valorant”, and the developer announced its success. “On average, more than 14 million PC gamers log in to play every month in the world.” This PC-only shooting game, and in the first year of the game, they participated in more than 500 million games.

For comparison, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had fewer than 27 million players last month, so within one year, Valorant’s number of players has reached half of the number of players in the series that have existed for more than two decades (Counter-Strike created It was in 1999 and has gone through many iterations (CS:GO is the latest and was released in 2012). No matter what metrics you experience.

Riot also commemorated the occasion by announcing Valorant Mobile, although there are no details. This will make it one of the only competitive FPS with a mobile version (not a battle royale).

“One of our top goals this first year was to earn the trust and respect of the global FPS community, and to prove to them that Valorant will always uphold the fundamentals of a truly worthwhile competitive tac-shooter,” said Anna Donlon, executive producer of the game.

This is a topic related to Riot’s public statement on the game: always emphasize the difference between himself as a public-facing developer and the more reticent Valve, Counter-Strike: Gatekeeper of the Global Offensive.

In this sense, Valorant also seems healthy as a sport. Riot stated that the last match of the Valorant Champions Tour last week was held between Sentinels and Fnatic in Reykjavik and attracted more than 1 million spectators and an “average spectator per minute”. In any case, more than 800,000 people .

The anniversary will be held for a month of in-game celebrations. Players will receive a variety of “commemorative digital gifts”, including free event passes, starting today. “Valorant” is the best PC Gamer multiplayer game of 2020. The threshold is so high that even Counter-Strike has noticed it.