With the advent of Riot’s first-person shooter Valorant, there have been regular reports in the media of several former top-level CS: GO pros who have decided to switch to Valorant.
Team Liquid’s new coach, Jason moses O’Toole, recently spoke about this issue on Duncan «Thorin» Shields’ podcast Counter-Points. He discussed the salaries some of these former CS: GO players are getting paid for playing Valorant.
Jason moses O’Toole believes that a good salary is the primary motivation for pro players who have decided to switch to Valorant.
He also thinks that Riot Games has chosen a successful business model with a simpler game strategy than the competition.
«I find Valorant to be a fun game that is good for spending a few hours with friends. Previously, Riot took the complex game Dota2 and developed League of Legends with easy-to-learn gameplay. Now, the situation is the same with CS: GO and Valorant. This is a very smart business plan.
«I was frustrated in the beginning because I’ve been a hardcore CS: GO supporter, but when I heard about the salaries some of the former CS: GO players were being offered in Valorant, it completely changed my mind.
«Some players who switch to Valorant receive like $20,000 — $30,000 per month, even without a professionally organized structure yet. I can’t blame anyone for leaving CS: GO, especially those who failed to achieve significant success here.»
However, these salaries are probably not the general norm, and according to Jason, are only offered to top-notch players who may include some famous names such as Adil «ScreaM» Benrlitom, Joshua «steel» Nissan, Oscar «mixwell» Colocho, Nicholas «nitr0» Cannella, and other players of their caliber.