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VALORANT roundtable: What we expect from release day

9:14 AM ETESPN Esports StaffFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintRiot Games' foray into the first-person shooter genre officially launched Tuesday with VALORANT going live worldwide on a staggered release across 11 regions. The ESPN Esports staff spent the entire beta -- and a part of VALORANT's alpha period -- testing out the title and watching as Riot attempted to tailor its test run to pro players and more casual fans alike. With months of work on the game in mind, here's what we expect from VALORANT, both today and going into the game's future as an esport and otherwise. What is VALORANT's greatest strength as an esport?Jacob Wolf: I'm going to take the cop-out answer here and say there are two really great things VALORANT has going for it. First off, it's made by Riot Games, the same company that developed League of Legends, the most successful esport in the world. The margin of success between League and even the other top esports games, such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2, is massive, and that success has led to League receiving more business deals and eyeballs than any other esports title.

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