Can Riot Games strike esports gold twice with VALORANT?

11:40 AM ETJacob WolfESPN Staff Writer CloseStaff Writer for ESPN. com Reports across multiple games, including League of Legends, Super Smash Bros. , Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Call of Duty. Specializes in investigative reportingFollow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintOn Tuesday, Riot Games will release VALORANT, the five-versus-five tactical shooter that took the internet by storm during its closed beta testing period. Over the past few months, businesses and top players from other esports alike have flocked to the game -- making hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary commitments or forgoing guaranteed income in other stable games for a title that prior to this week hadn't been available to the public. As the speculation market for VALORANT rises, mostly thanks to the success of developer Riot Games, the pressure is on the California company to strike gold twice.

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