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CSGO hits 1 million concurrent players for first time ever

Published: 14/Mar/2020 16:41 Updated: 14/Mar/2020 18:57

by Joe Craven

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve’s acclaimed FPS, has reached yet another incredible milestone, as the 7-year-old game’s popularity shows no sign of slowing down.

Originally released back in 2012, CS:GO has merely strengthened the series’ standing as one of the most dominant forces in the history of FPS titles. Despite a fairly simple formula, it has once again proved effective.

This has never been reinforced more than on March 14 2020, when CS:GO hit over 1,000,000 concurrent players for the first time ever. It is thought to average over 11 million players per month, but had not previously hit 1 million players on the game simultaneously.

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The incredible popularity of CS:GO in one graph.

CS:GO’s incredible popularity is highlighted in the consistently high player counts displayed over the week of March 7-14. The concurrent player count rarely falls below 500k and, depending on time of day, tends to sit between the 500,000 and 1 million player marks.

Going free-to-play is undoubtedly a factor in its success, with players not having any barrier to trying the game and so are far more likely to dip their toes in and then stick around.

Another likely reason is the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It has prompted the cancellation of large-scale sporting and esports events on an incredible scale, including all of CS:GO’s ESL Pro League Season 11. 

As nations across the world strive to delay the virus’ spread, people exhibiting symptoms are being encouraged to self-isolate. This has probably forced a number of people inside, who are playing video games in an effort to entertain themselves as they stay indoors.

In response to the news, the official CS:GO account simply tweeted: “Thanks a million”.

The record reinforces CS:GO’s standing as one of the most popular games in the world. The idea of having 1 million players on the game, all at the same time, is hard to fathom.

While Valve’s response was fairly casual, the unbelievable support from fans of the game over the years is a testament to its staying power.

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How arT’s aggression is leading FURIA’s CSGO charge to site

Published: 27/Oct/2020 18:01

by Marco Rizzo

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Andrei ‘arT’ Piovezan has led FURIA to the top of NA Counter-Strike thanks not only to his calling but also his ultra-aggressive playstyle. 

Dexerto explores the Brazilian’s signature aggression and how it has defined him as the most offensive player in CSGO history. 

His playstyle slowly leaked into his strategies, making FURIA one of the most aggressive teams in the world: allowing them to become the most successful T-side team over the last few months. 

This was clear during ESL Pro League 11 NA, where arT’s aggressive pushes and misdirection on Inferno led the team to a dominant win against the best NA had to offer. All this while delivering some of the most entertaining CS ever. 

The importance of his dual-role as a IGL and Entry-Fragger is not lost, allowing him to quickly adapt his calling after going first into bombsites. 

ArT has led FURIA to become true contenders on the world stage but now the difficult part begins: keeping ahead of the curve and keep the elements of surprise on his side.