Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) has made history by breaking its all-time peak player count record, with 1,818,773 players logging in via SteamDB. This remarkable jump of nearly 300,000 players happened just a few weeks after the game set its previous record of 1,519,457 players in March. The massive influx of players can be attributed to the final CS:GO Major event, which offers exciting tie-in rewards and challenges.
Players can participate in the Pick’Em challenge, where they can predict the results of the Major event. The accuracy of their guesses determines the rarity of prizes they can receive. The newly added cosmetic rewards, such as stickers featuring team logos and player signatures, have also piqued players’ interest. These can be added to any weapon and are available on the Steam Community Market.
Before the release of Counter-Strike 2, the Paris Major, which starts from May 8 to May 21, is the last Grand tournament in CS:GO. The much-awaited sequel is currently undergoing limited testing for a select group of players.
Valve describes the upcoming release as “an overhaul to every system, every piece of content, and every part of the C-S experience.” The game also contains a Half-Life reference, adding to the excitement of fans of the franchise.
While some may speculate that the record-breaking player count of CSGO was due to bots, a significant number of players were likely drawn in by the rewards and challenges of the Major event. The CS:GO community expects Counter-Strike 2, which will release soon, to make big modifications to the popular game.