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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve's free to play competitive shooter which also features the newer Danger Zone mode which is like a Battle Royale has today hit over a million players online.

We've seen it hit a few peak player milestones recently, like February where it did it two days in a row. Valve's CS:GO team sent out a Twitter post, which amusingly just said "Thanks a million." which is how we found out.

This is actually the first time it's done it, and it really is a huge milestone considering it's been out since 2012 although it only went free back in 2018. Also, it's only the third game on Steam to ever hit over a million players online with the others being Dota 2 and PUBG.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now the most popular game on Steam, by quite a wide margin too. The next one down is Dota 2 which regularly hits around ~700,000 players, PUBG hits highs of close to that and then nothing else really comes close to the two of them.

As for the actual Steam client, today it also broke another record for concurrent users online at 19,728,027 at time of writing this.

Why is all this happening now? Likely a mixture of many things: CS:GO being a free and easy to access game for many, the CS:GO Battle Pass ending on March 30 and people trying to earn their stars and also the Coronavirus with a lot more people being forced to stay home. Well, it's all theories, we don't know the true cause of course but it's good news for Valve.

Update: A day later on Sunday, March 15 2020, Steam again broke a new record with over 20 million (approx 20,048,416) concurrent users online

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Doesn't seem like Epic has been biting into their numbers.
Odisej 14 Mar
Corona effect?
People still play that CS thing? :D


Last edited by Duck Hunt-Pr0 on 14 March 2020 at 6:49 pm UTC
Hori 14 Mar
I wonder how much of it is due to people staying at home to avoid the coronavirus

Btw guys, seriously, do stay at home.


Last edited by Hori on 14 March 2020 at 10:08 pm UTC
pete910 15 Mar
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Quoting: HoriI wonder how much of it is due to people staying at home to avoid the coronavirus

Btw guys, seriously, do stay at home.



Not feasible for 99% of the working population.
Hori 15 Mar
Quoting: pete910
Quoting: HoriI wonder how much of it is due to people staying at home to avoid the coronavirus

Btw guys, seriously, do stay at home.



Not feasible for 99% of the working population.

True. Some governments made this easier by offering paid leave to all parents, or some companies that didn't have WFH now started having it (although I don't think they are too many)

In any case, apart from work and groceries, it's best to stay at home.

To put this on a funnier note: Now we all have a good excuse to be antisocial and spend more time playing video games (on Linux, ofc)


Last edited by Hori on 15 March 2020 at 10:52 am UTC
Liam Dawe 15 Mar
Update: Steam again broke a new record with over 20 million (approx 20,048,416) concurrent users online.
fagnerln 15 Mar
Quoting: Duck Hunt-Pr0People still play that CS thing? :D

CS is bigger than ever, there's a lot of big national and international championships.

To be fair, I really doubt that there's a FPS better than CS for competitive. Quake Champions have a good scenario, but it's a little bit niche tournament. Maybe if they release a non class based quake, it will become relevant again
I wonder about the numbers of EGS...
Grimfist 16 Mar
24 stars left to collect, and finally I'm on home office duty. So I will hit my goal at the end of the month :D

@Duck Hunt-Pr0: Yeah this game is absolutely brilliant. And I can say this even as a CS beta 0.1 veteran, after over 20 years I still love this game. Sometimes I hate it, but most of time I love it :D
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