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Valorant is making a killing despite high skin prices

Published: 00:41, 23 July 2020
Riot Games
Valorant - Elderflame skins
Valorant - Elderflame skins

Riot Games have had a few controversies with Valorant already, with one of them being the extremely high prices of cosmetics. The model seems to work for them though, as the game outperformed Fortnite on PC recently.

SuoerData's report on digital games market for June 2020 offered a few interesting insights across PC, console and mobile gaming markets. It is the PC section that caught our eye as the analysts noted that Valorant has "had the biggest launch ever for a free-to-play PC title". 

While the hype was extremely high and Twitch viewership went through the roof, not everyone really expected it to outperform one of the biggest free to play shooters around. Fortnite is the 7th most successful game on PC when it comes to revenue on PC for June 2020 with Valorant one spot ahead.

Furthermore, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is suffering from Valorant's success as Valve's shooter saw a drop in player base for the second month in a row, indicating that Riot Games' shooter is dipping into it.

Compared to another massive launch, Apex Legends in February 2019, Valorant came ahead on PC in both player count and revenue. However, it doesn't have a console version so Apex earned more overall during the same time span after launch.

Many players are complaining about pricing when it comes to Valorant's cosmetics, with skin packs easily exceeding the price of one or sometimes even two AAA games .


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Now it appears that the complaints are for nought since there are enough of those willing to pay $100 for a skin pack and then pay even more to evolve said skins.

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