SicK Retires From CS:GO to Pursue Valorant Career
Valorant isn’t even open to the public yet, and players are still forsaking what brought them to popularity to try and make a career in Riot Games’ upcoming shooter. Braxton “swag” Pierce recently made this announcement, and now we’ve heard that Hunter “SicK” Mims announced on Twitter that he’s retiring from CS:GO for glory in Valorant.
According to SicK, part of the switch from CS:GO to Valorant has to do with how stale the game has gotten. That comes from 800 maps played and five years in the game, and at 21, he’s retired from CS:GO. He feels like this move is inevitable, and that Valorant has come around at just the right time.
SicK may not be a globally recognized player, starting with a variety of lower-level teams. He eventually moved on to some more recognizable names, like Denial eSports, compLexity, Misfits, and Rogue. In 2020, he placed 7th-8th in Flashpoint’s Season 1, and 5th-6th in the Esports Championship Series Season 7 Finals. Some of his best work had to have been during the CyberPowerPC Extreme Gaming Series’ Fall 2017 Invitational, where at the B-Tier, he took first place.
A trio of second-place showings in A-Tier also cropped up in the Americas Minor Championship – London 2018, DreamHack Open Austin 2018, and Americas Minor Championship Boston 2018. So while he may not be the biggest name in CS:GO, it sounds like SicK knows that this is the right move for him to shift to Valorant.
He was a talent on the rise in CS:GO. It’s not a huge surprise to see these CS:GO streamers and esports stars moving over to Valorant. It sounds like the “lack of blood” in the esports scene isn’t going to harm them too much.
It also possibly has to do with “riding the wave.” Valorant is currently the “next big thing,” so it’s important as a larger streamer to get in on these and see how it goes. It’s not like Riot Games is a poor company. We can imagine officially sanctioned esports will have a lot of money on the line in the early going to tempt those CS:GO players over to a game with greater name value. Does Riot Games have a better name value than Valve and their CS:GO?
The most recent numbers show 80 million people play League of Legends monthly and 27 million every day. In March, CS:GO reached 1.15 million concurrent players, and while that’s not a number to sniff at, consider the reach that Valorant could have with Riot Games behind them.
With similar game mechanics to CS:GO, Valorant is the right move to make for people bored with the paramilitary style of CS:GO, and are looking for something fresh. Valorant is similar enough, with new game mechanics to tempt those players over. Now, the actual success of Valorant is up to Riot Games, but right now, it’s worth looking at. Whether or not they should retire is quite another.
What do you think? Should more CS:GO players head over, give the game potential legitimacy and show what this new shooter has to offer? Should they quit their game, or simply play both, to play both sides against the middle?