New Valorant “Black Market” Bundle, a CS:GO Ripoff?
Valorant is no stranger to drawing inspiration from other games, and with the upcoming release of the new Black Market bundle, it seems like the popular first-person shooter is borrowing heavily from one of its main competitors, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO).
Thanks to Mike, a reputable Valorant leaker, we get to see these beautiful creations before release. The bundle includes the Bulldog, Vandal, Marshal, Classic, and a Butterfly Knife, and what’s particularly striking about these skins is their striking resemblance to CS:GO’s current weapon lineup.
NEW BUNDLE: Black Market
– Unique Variants depending on which side you are on. pic.twitter.com/tsUYvecDKv
— Mike | Valorant Leaks & News (@ValorLeaks) April 10, 2023
The Glock and AK skin variants in the Black Market bundle, for instance, are available exclusively for the Attacking side, while the Defending side receives its counterparts. This design choice appears to be a blatant ripoff of CS:GO’s side-based weapon selection, which has been a staple of the game for years.
While Valorant has always been compared to CS:GO due to their similarities as first-person shooter games, this new skin bundle seems to be taking that imitation to a whole new level. It remains to be seen how the gaming community will react to this apparent lack of originality and whether it will impact Valorant’s reputation or sales.