If you thought that a game from 2012 has long passed its peak, think again. The most popular tactical FPS game of the last decade – Counter Strike: Global Offensive – recently beat its own record of concurrent players on Steam. The milestone was reached 7 years after the initial release of the game…
According to the numbers provided by Steam, and as noted by Eurogamer, yesterday Counter Strike: Global Offensive had more than 901 000 concurrent players and beat its previous record set in 2016 by quite a margin. Back in April 2016, Counter Strike Global Offensive players settled on 850 485 players playing the game at the same time.
Back in 2016, it was easy to understand the resurgence of players who flooded CS:GO servers right after the annual MLG Columbus event. This time there’s no apparent event attracting more players to CS:GO. Instead, the new concurrent player peak might be tied to a new CS:GO update which aims to reduce abuse in an in-game chat. You can learn more about this update here.
However, while it does seem like a lot of players, even for a free-to-play game, it’s still very far away from the current Steam record set by PUBG. During its high-roll, PUBG managed to surpass 3 million concurrent users, so CS:GO is still some players off the first place. Anyway, for a game this old, second place with almost a million players is an amazing feat.