Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Breaks Concurrent Player Record on Steam
Over the weekend, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive reached a new all-time high in concurrent players on Steam. As rumours about a new Counter-Strike game emerge, it’s clear that CS:GO is still a top choice for competitive FPS fans.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Sets New Concurrent Player Record on Steam
— Gabe Follower (@gabefollower) March 11, 2023
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) has set a new all-time high in concurrent players on Steam, hosting more than 1.4 million players this past weekend. Despite being released in 2012, CS:GO continues to be the most populated first-person shooter on Steam, with consistent high player numbers on weekends. The game’s biggest competitor on the platform is Dota 2, which is another big hit from Valve.
Recently, dataminers found Counter-Strike codes inside a Dota 2 update, fueling rumours around the development of a new game. Leaks suggest that the next Counter-Strike title will be based on the Source 2 engine, or alternatively, the current CS:GO could be moved to the new engine. It was previously reported that a beta version of Counter-Strike 2 may be released this month and could be developed by previous Counter-Strike veteran developers.
These rumours seem to have caused gamers to flock to CS:GO this past weekend. If a new game is released, it remains unclear what will happen to the current CS:GO and ongoing esports tournaments. Transitions to new engines and entirely new games can be challenging for such a large community, as seen with the recent transition from Warzone to Warzone 2.
Valve’s own transition to CS:GO had its own rough patch, with the company initially releasing the game on both consoles and PC before abandoning the console version to focus on PC. Regardless, the recent surge in CS:GO players is a good sign for Valve, indicating that after ten years, CS:GO remains a top choice for competitive FPS fans.
Pokdepinion: Whether it’s a new engine in an existing game or a completely new one, it’s certainly one to be excited about. I can’t wait to see what Valve has in store this time.