Valorant: How Riot launched a successful esports in a global pandemic

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Valorant released in the pandemic. Codenamed Project A, this game was designed and built during normal world operation only for social interaction to collapse in on itself as a potentially deadly virus swept the planet. While we all scrambled to understand this new, isolated way of living, Riot had a game almost ready for release and kept its head down, set on releasing it anyway. 

Instead of a trip to see Riot Games and meet everyone behind it in Barcelona back, it was 2020 and I was in my…

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