VALORANT: Riot’s hit competitive FPS is expanding to mobile


It’s been a year since VALORANT first launched and Riot Games’ free-to-play first-person shooter is well on its way to becoming a blockbuster franchise. In the year that VALORANT has been available, the game has amassed an average of more than 14 million players each month worldwide, just on PC alone.

And now Riot is looking to bring VALORANT to a wider audience of gamers by launching the game on mobile devices. Riot hasn’t offered any concrete details, like release dates or supported devices, regarding VALORANT Mobile, but it’s exciting nonetheless.

Riot has been making tremendous strides on bringing its portfolio of games to mobile devices. Over the past couple of years, Riot has released multiple games on mobile, including Teamfight Tactics, Legends of Runeterra and most recently League of Legends: Wild Rift.

And it’s Wild Rift‘s success that gives me hope for what VALORANT can become on mobile. Everyone knows how competitive League of Legends is on PC. To be able to bring that experience over to mobile and not lose its competitive spirit was a tremendous feat. Wild Rift feels as close to the PC version of League as you can get. Hopefully, the same is true of VALORANT when it arrives.

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One of the key pillars with VALORANT is Riot’s dedication to “competitive integrity.” The idea behind this is that the match is decided “only by the planning and execution of the players in the game.” Things like internet, game client performance, servers and devices shouldn’t get in the way of a level playing field.

Obviously, that’s a big issue to overcome on mobile devices. And then there’s in-game FPS-related issues, such as peeker’s advantage, hit registration and simulation divergence.

In other words, there’s a lot Riot needs to account for with VALORANT on mobile. It’s not just a simple port. The same was true of Teamfight Tactics and Wild Rift when they also came to mobile. With VALORANT’s natural competitive nature and the focus on eSports, addressing the aforementioned issues may be even more critical.