Christopher “GeT_RiGhT” Alesund is considered one of the best players in the history of Counter-Strike. In CS:GO, he was a star on the legendary Ninjas in Pyjamas roster that went on an incredible 87-0 map streak in the early days of Valve’s shooter.
The 31-year-old has since taken a step back from competing and is now a content creator for Dignitas. The former pro has also tried his hand at Valorant, Riot’s tactical FPS that shares several similarities with CS:GO.
However, he has not been streaming Valorant in recent months. In an interview with Inven Global, the Dignitas streamer explained why he stopped streaming the game and his thoughts on what Valorant means for CS:GO.
GeT_RiGhT wants to master Valorant before streaming again
As it turns out, the Swedish player stopped playing Valorant because he couldn’t find the right group of people to play with. “A lot of the people I wanted to play with took a break from the game,” he said.
But he hasn’t stepped away from the game entirely and actually still plays it off-stream. However, because he hasn’t played Valorant for six months and is unfamiliar with the various new maps and agents, he doesn’t think that he is good enough to showcase his gameplay to his audience.
“It would look bad, and with the competitive spirit I still have, I don’t want to lose,” he explained. “I just felt like I couldn’t perform to the level that I want to show off to the fans that follow me.”
We probably haven’t seen the last of GeT_RiGhT streaming Valorant. But first, he wants to perfect his game before diving back into it on stream.
Valorant is good for CS:GO, says GeT_RiGhT
The superstar player also thinks that CS:GO and Valorant do not have to be at odds with each other.
If anything, both games are good for one another, he said. “It’s good competition. I don’t see anything wrong where two FPS games – especially 5v5 games – are the top dogs in the industry,” he said.
“It makes the games better, and it makes the competition try harder to be more successful.”
That said, GeT_RiGhT believes that the competitive structure of CS:GO is a bit more forgiving than that of Valorant. In CS:GO, there are several major tournaments in a single year where everything is on the line. On the other hand, the VCT 2022 season is comprised of two smaller international LAN events and Valorant Champions at the end of the year.
“In Valorant, you have a stricter schedule. This is awesome for the players, but it also can hurt them,” he said. “If they don’t play well, they’re not going to Masters and the next one is a couple of months away.”
Furthermore, teams that fail to qualify early on in the year may also find that their “whole year is gone” even before Champions.
But one thing is for sure – the CS veteran thinks the game is approaching the point where it will be apparent which players are going to be superstars. It’s easy to go pro in a new game, he said, but the players who are “destined to be successful gods” will emerge as the game matures.