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Former CS:GO Player NRG Esports’ Daps Reveals Why He Switched To Valorant



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Damian Steele, known as, “daps,” is a 27-year-old Canadian former CS:GO player who had played for teams like NRG Esports, Cloud9, Gen.G Esports, and more. About three weeks ago, he joined NRG Esports as a Valorant player.

In a recent interview with, daps revealed the main reasons why he decided to switch to Valorant after all time he played CS:GO.

In the conversation, daps mentioned that he couldn’t find happiness and joy in the teams as it was with NRG Esports back in the days. Also, daps said that learning and playing a new game besides CS:GO put him in a better place mentally and that’s why he decided to quit CS:GO.

Interviewer asked:

“Some critics have said that the influx of CS:GO players in VALORANT in North America shows that there is a different mentality in this region, where players are more driven by money and are more open to changing things when compared to their European counterparts. Do you think there is some truth to it, or is it a matter of opportunities dictating the behavior?”

daps replied:

“There may be some truth to their criticism for some players, but to assume everyone leaving CS is ‘securing the bag’ is wrong because a good amount of people switching to VALORANT are taking a pay cut, some bigger and some smaller, and the prize money is also way higher in CS.

The main reason I switched is I wanted to be in a project I believed in again since, after NRG, I failed to find that same feeling of comradery, happiness, and hope I once had, and if I don’t have that in a team I can become depressed and my ability to play takes a hit.”

He continued:

“Another reason I switched is that I had been playing CS on and off for 15 years and as much as I’ll always love the game, it has been nice learning a new game and moving on to something new, which has put me in a way better place mentally.

If I still had it in me to give 110% in CS, things would have been different, but I can’t wait around for things to return to normal in the circuit.

I had thought about stepping down or taking a break multiple times over the course of the year, telling management and some teammates, and I should’ve done it during the player break as I had planned, but the Major kept me hanging on by a thread.”

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