Shroud Is Not Joining a Pro Valorant Team
Shroud is a name synonymous with CSGO and is also one of the biggest streamers in the world. He excels at virtually everything he does, so when Valorant showed up, he was one of the first names bandied about. After all, Valorant has a lot in common with CSGO, so he would be a top-tier pick for any team that wanted to try and secure him. However, we have to burst the bubble on Shroud joining a Valorant team. That’s not happening anytime soon.
Maybe one day in the far future. But for now? Don’t hold your breath. He might be open to subbing in, but being a professional Valorant player? That’s not in the cards right now.
No Need for Esports
Now, Shroud was a CSGO pro, and that’s where he first made his name. As a pretty laidback guy, it’s nice to see someone play so well at everything, without raging much. It’s one of the things that makes his stream so enjoyable to watch, other than his natural skill level. Despite the similarities between CSGO and Valorant, Shroud is not moving back to esports, which was said in a recent livestream.
Many CSGO pros, past and present, have made the leap to Valorant from CSGO, but it’s a move that doesn’t make sense to this writer. After all, there’s no confirmed system for esports league for Valorant yet. There are so many for CSGO, so it feels like it would have a better income source, at least, at this time.
But Shroud has already been a pro. He traveled as a force of nature in the employ of Cloud9. If Shroud went to play for a Valorant team, his stream would be seriously hampered, and that’s where all his money lies. The word is that Valorant teams make $25,000 a month, and that’s not even a drop in the bucket. Shroud, according to Ninja, made $10 million in his Mixer deal, after all.
Shroud would have to be the top Valorant player on not just his team but also even to come close to what his stream makes him. Would it really? The biggest prize pools sit about $50,000 so he would still not come remotely close. Plus, Shroud would have to get back into the pro mindset and schedule. Lots of scrims, practice, and travel (when COVID-19 stops crippling this).
“Would you join 100 Thieves if they offered? No,” Shroud said. “Would I join a team as a stand-in if they ever needed me? Sure. So let’s say Jimbo can’t play because of something, and they needed me, sure, I’ll fill I don’t care.”
Ask yourself this: Would you risk less money to join a new esport, or stay at home, keep grinding a worldwide recognized livestream, and make thousands, if not millions for it? Now, Shroud has stated he would consider filling in if a team needed him (and it were allowed), but as a full-time pro? I wouldn’t count on it. His fans might want it, but at the end of the day, Shroud knows what’s best for business and best for himself.
We understand that this is sad to hear, but it’s just the way it is. It’s much better for Shroud just to run his livestream and enjoy himself, and make far more money than risking his time and lifestyle in an unproven esports scene that still has no backing from Riot Games (yet).