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Why has CSGO surpassed Dota 2’s active playerbase on Steam?

Published: 7/Jan/2020 0:04

by Dustin Steiner

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Steam has a new king – Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, which has surpassed Dota 2 for the past four months on the Steam Charts. But why is it that Dota 2’s numbers have begun to decline?

Despite have arguably a less supported esports system, CSGO has finally done what was once unthinkable: consistently beating its MOBA cousin, Dota 2, in active player count. While there are many reasons for this, these are chief among them.

ValveOperation Shattered Web released in mid-November, 2019, with a lot of new content.

Counter-Strike finally released an operation

Operation Shattered Web’s release onto the CS:GO servers has been a welcome reprieve to a game that’s been without a major content update for some time.

While Danger Zone did interrupt the drought, Shattered Web’s release of skin cases, maps, and challenges came after a dark period from Valve lasting over two years. With the return of a new operation came the return of the game’s more casual playerbase to supplement the faithful who stayed true to the game.

CS:GO hit a new peak concurrent player record of over 777,000 players, the highest the FPS title has ever maintained, and among the highest concurrent records for a game on Steam.

Dota’s most recent patch was not well received

The most recent Dota 2 patch was perhaps its most controversial. Adding two new heroes, in-game item drops, and one of the most significant balance changes the game has ever seen seems to have driven away some of its player base.

SteamDota 2’s spike in negative reviews came after the release of 7.23.

One look at Dota 2’s recent reviews should tell the story. After the release of the patch, the game saw a spike in negative reviews: 11923 negative reviews in a single month. This is the most negative reviews in a month Dota has ever gotten by far.

However, it was still outpaced by 27,043 positive reviews that same month. Even with the negative reviews, overall, Dota still consistently has 80% or more positive reviews from its playing community.

FPS Titles are just more popular now

Of the top 10 Steam titles, five could be considered shooters, with four in the FPS category, being CSGO, PUBG, Rainbow Six Siege, Destiny 2, and (loosely) Grand Theft Auto V. This is a far cry from days gone by where Steam’s top 10 could be dominated by other strategy and free to play titles.

With CS:GO surpassing Dota 2, perhaps it’s only a matter of time until Valve revises their esports strategy to give Counter-Strike an International of their own.

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BLAST announce Nubia mobile esports promotion at Premier Fall Series

Published: 23/Oct/2020 11:23

by Adam Fitch

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Counter-Strike tournament series BLAST Premier has named Nubia Technology as its very first mobile phone partner.

Nubia’s gaming phone, the RedMagic 5S, will be advertised during the BLAST Premier Fall Series starting on October 26.

Not only will Nubia’s phone be shown through in-game branding, the technology company will host giveaways where fans can win their own RedMagic 5S and behind-the-scenes access to the tournament.

On-screen talent like Anders and Semmler will also get their hands on the phone.

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The event will be played online but features teams from both Europe and North America.

While this partnership doesn’t include a mobile esports tournament it’s clear that BLAST are willing to embrace and encourage mobile gaming, which could be a sign of things to come in the future. They have been expanding their reach into new games in 2020, including Valorant and Dota 2, so perhaps a mobile title could be next.

“We are excited to showcase Nubia’s impressive RedMagic 5S gaming phone to the esports ecosystem via our global audience,” said Leo Matlock, BLAST’s commercial director. “This partnership is a strong fit with both brands sharing a major focus on innovation, technology and gaming – and with more and more people gaming and watching BLAST Premier on their phones every day – their product should be something that naturally resonates with our fans.”

All 12 teams in the BLAST Premier Fall Series will play from Europe, making for one of the first international Counter-Strike competitions since the first quarter of 2020.

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The phone was designed with gaming in mind.

With events moving online in March due to the global health situation, Europe and American teams have typically been split up due to poor ping posing a threat to competitive integrity.

European sides Astralis, Natus Vincere, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Team Vitality, FaZe Clan, and BIG will face off against American teams Complexity, MIBR, Evil Geniuses, and FURIA at BLAST Premier.