Valorant won Best Streaming Game at this year’s Golden Joystick Awards powered by Intel.
Unlike most Golden Joysticks awards, which are voted on by our readers and the general gaming public, the Best Streaming Game award is a critic-voted award. What that means is that Valorant was chosen over all other top streaming titles by a panel of critics from GamesRadar+, PCGamer, Future Game Show, Edge Magazine, Retro Gamer, and Play magazine.
Valorant launched in 2020 to critical acclaim, but has gone from strength to strength since then and has continued to thrive over the past 12 months. It’s a huge game in the competitive and esports communities, regularly dominating Chris Person’s popular Highlight Reel show and holding firm at the top of the Twitch charts.
The free-to-play FPS has always been billed as Riot’s answer to CS:GO, and now it has even more competition from Valve’s Counter-Strike 2, which launched just a few months ago, but its offering of heroes with unique abilities also makes it in Riot’s response to CS:GO. stands out among Valve’s shooters,
Valorant has always been praised for its jittery gameplay, but equally for its inclusivity thanks to its ping system that makes way for those who don’t use voice chat. The community is also applauded for being accessible, which is refreshing for the internet.
If you want to see what all the fuss is about, you can download Valorant right now for free on your PC.
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