CS:GO is still breaking records, 11 years after launch.
Longevity is something all online games aim to achieve. In a time when there are so many other games, and so many other forms of entertainment to draw away our easily distracted minds, developers would have to come up with something truly special to keep the player base engaged. In recent years, Fortnite has figured out that the best way to do this is by jamming in all sorts of content, even if it has nothing to do with the original game. However, there’s one game that has managed to retain its player base, even though it doesn’t change much from its salient gameplay.
You may have heard of a game called Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The game came out around 11 years ago, and you could say that it was pretty popular. So popular, in fact, that it has broken its all-time concurrent player record to reach 1,320,219 (thanks, PC Gamer). If you head on over to SteamDB, you can see that it reached this all-time peak as of the last few hours – at the time of writing, of course.
Before reaching this monumental milestone, the peak concurrent player count for CS:GO was 1,308,963, which it had achieved three years ago. For our younger audiences, the original Counter-Strike was released as a mod for another iconic Valve game, Half-Life. The developer eventually acquired the mod’s IP and in time put out the version of the game we know today as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
While there are seasonal events, cosmetics, and game modes, it mostly revolves around the same formula – shoot the players in the other team, and sometimes there’s a bomb involved. This fact makes the new concurrent record even more impressive, as Fortnite needs to add a popular character from an entirely different game, along with a completely new gameplay formula, in order to keep players coming back for more.
Of course, there’s no point comparing the games, as they’re from different generations and attract different audiences, but the comparison just goes to show how well-built CS:GO’s basic formula is, as it’s still breaking records, 11 years after launch.