Global Offensive again hits 1 million concurrent players on its 10th anniversary

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive enters its second consecutive month with over one million concurrent players. After more than a million terrorists and counter-terrorists flooded Valve’s servers for CS:GO’s tenth anniversary in August, another million also remained for the first week of September.

As one CS:GO player noted on the official subreddit, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had 1,029,351 million concurrent players as of Saturday. This is only 10,000 less than the maximum number of concurrent players in August, according to steamcharts.com.

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But we shouldn’t be too surprised. Even though Valve’s celebration of CS:GO’s tenth anniversary was considered somewhat lackluster by many, the game didn’t need a big anniversary party to draw large crowds. CS:GO has consistently beaten 1 million concurrent players since March 2020 and reached its highest concurrent player peak ever in April this year. From November 2020 to May 2021, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, CS:GO reported over one million concurrent players each month. This fell back in June 2021, but rebounded over a million in April 2022 and then again in August.

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This August spike could have something to do with The tenth anniversary of CS:GO, which gifted players with a 10-Year Anniversary Coin for their first in-game drop of the week (ending August 22), as well as a new 10-Year Anniversary Sticker Capsule with over 60 community designs submitted in a contest a few months ago. Several of these designs were of the new “lenticular” quality, which is a fancy word for animated.

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Even though CS:GO may not exceed one million concurrent players, Valve reports that it still averaged more than 20 million unique players per month over the past year and saw record viewership numbers over the past year. recent Majors tournament with 2.7 million concurrent viewers.


Those kinds of numbers would make you think that Valve is working hard to upgrade CS:GO to the Source 2 engine so it can keep pace with hardware evolution, but we still haven’t heard anything official about a pending engine upgrade. Instead, a group of modders are creating their own CS:GO upgrade using the s&box, the spiritual successor to Garry’s Mod.

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