CSGO breaks record for highest player count all time

Published: 8/Feb/2020 23:01 Updated: 9/Feb/2020 16:13

by Scott Robertson


Update, February 9: One day after hitting a new peak, CSGO broke its record again, cracking 900k concurrent viewers.

As Counter-Strike: Global Offensive enters its eighth year as top-tier competitive esport title, the latest installment of the iconic shooter franchise from Valve has hit a new peak of concurrent total player numbers.

CS:GO begins a new decade of dominance in 2020. The classic franchise remains at the top of the list for not just shooters on Steam, but all games after releasing in August of 2012.

On February 8 2020, SteamCharts charted a peak number of concurrent CSGO players at 874,875, its highest ever.

CSGO’s player stats on Steam as of Feb 8

The previous peak was 850,485, which was set in April 2016, around the time of the MLG Columbus major. Luminosity Gaming, the core of which now plays for MIBR, defeated Natus Vincere in the grand finals. The tournament also produced the memorable jumping double AWP kill from Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David, which was immortalized with a graffiti at the spot on Mirage.

The new peak number is the latest in a string of record-breaking numbers for the game, and the cap to months of growth seen in the CSGO player base. The average player record was broken in August 2019, and then broken again in November, December, and January.

The concurrent players peak has climbed since July 2019 from 578,933 up to the current peak number of 874,875. CS:GO leads in all active statistical categories for games on Steam for the last month, beating other popular multiplayer titles like Dota 2, GTA V, and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds.

Top ten games on Steam in player stats

There’s a long list of potential factors for the game’s stupendous player growth. Going free-to-play certainly helped, but clearly isn’t the sole factor, as it was months after it went F2P in December 2018 for the rise in players to occur.

As the previous peak from 2016 indicates, Valve-sponsored majors draw plenty of attention to the game, and the StarLadder Berlin major in August 2019 helped get the momentum going.

That mixed with the soon-after release of Operation Shattered Web brought players to CSGO in thousands, and with free-to-play taking away the financial barrier to entry, newer players were more likely to try with skins, cases, and custom agents available as rewards.

The new agents were a big driving force in the success of Operation Shattered Web.

While those same custom skins have had some trouble being integrated into the game’s esports scene, it’s that same highly-competitive and highly-viewed competitive field that has done wonders for attracting new players.

Events like the ongoing BLAST Premier Spring series, as well as the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 11 and FLASHPOINT tournament series, keep fans invested in the state of the game, and with the ESL Rio major right around the corner, hitting a new peak in March isn’t out of the question.


LIVE: BLAST Premier Global Final – Team Liquid upset Na’Vi

Published: 19/Jan/2021 23:36 Updated: 20/Jan/2021 17:25

by Albert Petrosyan


BLAST Premier Global Final is finally underway! The grand finale of the 2020 BLAST season is going to see the best and most prestigious teams in the world compete for the chance to earn $1 million. Here’s the event schedule, stream and results. 

  • Evil Geniuses vs FURIA coming up next (16:45 CET)
  • Team Liquid sweep Na’Vi 2-0
  • Liquid secure Inferno 16-6 and Nuke 16-14

BLAST Premier Global Final: Stream

As with all other BLAST competitions, the 2020 Global Final will be broadcast live on their official Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded above for your convenience.

The tournament will likely also be live-streamed on BLAST’s YouTube channel, which is also where the VoDs for all the matches will be uploaded, so feel free to check that out if you missed any games throughout the event.

BLAST Premier Global Final: Schedule & results




Day 2 — Wednesday, January 20

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Vitality 2-0 Complexity 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R1  Na’Vi 0-2 Team Liquid 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R1 Evil Geniuses vs FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 3 — Thursday, January 21

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R1 Complexity vs Na’Vi 4:30 AM 7:30 AM 1:30 PM
Winners R2 Astralis vs G2 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R2 Vitality vs Team Liquid 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 4 — Friday, January 22

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers R2 TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 5 — Saturday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Losers Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 6 — Sunday, January 23

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Consolidation Final TBD vs TBD 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Grand Final TBD vs TBD 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Day 1 — Tuesday, January 19

Round Match PST EST CET (EU)
Winners R1 Astralis 2-1 Evil Geniuses 7:30 AM 10:30 AM 4:30 PM
Winners R1 G2 2-1 FURIA 10:30 AM 1:30 PM 7:30 PM

Astralis & G2 edge through to semi-finals

Astralis opened by taking on Evil Geniuses in a three-game series, with the first map (Inferno) going the way of EG (16-14). The North American’s ability to convert pistol rounds was not enough to guarantee a second map, as both Overpass (16-8) and Vertigo (16-6) were claimed by the Danes. Xyp9x’s AUG proved too hot to handle on Overpasss — will we see it again?

G2 Esports vs FURIA was a much closer affair. G2 took the initiative on Inferno (16-12), snatching FURIA’s map pick. After falling short on Mirage (14-16), G2 bounced back on Nuke (16-10) to clinch the series. NiKo shined, as he clocked out with +20 frags, going 70-50 in three maps.

Blast Premier Global Final: Teams & players

Eight total teams will be in attendance at this year’s BLAST Global Final, all of them qualifying through a variety of competitions, such as the Spring Finals, Fall Finals and BLAST Premier Circuit.

Lots of eyes will be on Team Liquid, who will be with their new star acquisition, FalleN, after the Brazilian legend joined their ranks to replace Twistzz.

Team Qualified via Players
Astralis Fall Finals device, dupreeh, Xyp9x, gla1ve, Magisk, Bubzkji (s), zonic (C)
Complexity European Spring Finals blameF, RUSH, k0nfig, jks, JUGi, keita (C)
Evil Geniuses American Spring Finals Brehze, CeRq, Ethan, tarik, Stanislaw, zews (C)
FURIA Esports BLAST Premier Circuit yuurih, arT, VINI, KSCERATO, honda
G2 Esports BLAST Premier Circuit kennyS, AmaNEk, nexa, huNter-, NiKo, maLeK (C)
Team Liquid BLAST Premier Circuit ELiGE, NAF, Stewie2K, Grim, FalleN, moses (C)
Natus Vincere BLAST Premier Circuit flamie, s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, Perfecto, B1T (s), B1ad3 (C)
Team Vitality European Spring Finals apEX, RpK, ZywOo, shox, misutaaa, Nivera (s), XTQZZZ (C)

BLAST Premier Global Final: Final Placements

Eight teams are battling it out for their share of $1 million… Additionally, BLAST are gifting the winners an exclusive TW Steel watch to complement the $600k in cash.

Placement  Team Prize
1 TBD $600,000
2 TBD $200,000
3 TBD $80,000
4 TBD $50,000
5-6 TBD $20,000
7-8 TBD $15,000