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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hit a new all-time high player-count

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Even though it's been around since 2012, the popularity of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continues as it today hit a new all-time high for players online.

Not too surprising though, since it went free to play back in 2018 which gave it quite a big boost along with the Danger Zone game mode. The previous player record for CS:GO (according to SteamDB) was set in 2016 at 850,485 with the latest peak hitting 876,575 a few hours ago. It's not a big jump from the previous record but for a game of this age it's still quite impressive.

Why is it hitting new highs? It could be popularity in China, the continuing growth of Steam itself or the recent new Operation Shattered Web which gave CS:GO a Battle Pass system with weekly missions (which is quite fun!). Perhaps even due to the recent news of Valve working to reduce toxic behaviour? More people may return in the hopes of it being more fun.

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Recently on Linux I had a problem with CS:GO, where it would crash on launch constantly. Sometimes it would suddenly work but it was a hassle. If you have the issue too, try unplugging any gamepads or add "-nojoy" as a launch option which has seemed to fix it for me.

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Sonata 8 Feb, 2020
I just wished the performance would be comparable to the windows version... I remember getting about 300fps before switching to Linux and now I'm around 100. I mean, playable, but unfortunate since I'm using a 144hz monitor :D
ATFx 8 Feb, 2020
QuoteRecently on Linux I had a problem with CS:GO, where it would crash on launch constantly. Sometimes it would suddenly work but it was a hassle. If you have the issue too, try unplugging any gamepads or add "-nojoy" as a launch option which has seemed to fix it for me.
I had to do the same last time I played CSGO to avoid crashes or just being able to start the game. It is definitely a bug in the Linux Build of the game, any one else also experiencing this issue should create a game specific discussion for it if doesn't exist yet to let Valve Developers know.
fagnerln 8 Feb, 2020
CSGO is an amazing game, the more you play, more you want to play. The game mechanics are incredible, straffing and spray are crucial to dominate and you will improve naturally, the game is well balanced too, with nice maps which needs a good teamplay.

I've CSGO since the launch, but I played it just a few months ago, because of the big championship that CSGO have, it's so much enjoyable, to be fair I prefer to watch some matches of cs go than other sports on tv.

ESL and Blast are to awesome championship on twitch right now.


Quoting: SonataI just wished the performance would be comparable to the windows version... I remember getting about 300fps before switching to Linux and now I'm around 100. I mean, playable, but unfortunate since I'm using a 144hz monitor :D

Well to me the performance is on par... Maybe you have a compositor issue?
Sonata 8 Feb, 2020
QuoteWell to me the performance is on par... Maybe you have a compositor issue?

I have to admit that I just realised that I haven't really played CS:GO much since switching to Manjaro a few weeks ago (was on several Ubuntu-Distros before) and now it seems fine. sorry for that!


Last edited by Sonata on 9 February 2020 at 12:02 am UTC
iiari 9 Feb, 2020
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Quoting: Sonata
QuoteWell to me the performance is on par... Maybe you have a compositor issue?

I have to admit that I just realised that I haven't really played CS:GO much since switching to Manjaro a few weeks ago (was on several Ubuntu-Distros before) and now it seems fine. sorry for that!
Yeah, I had so many bizarre gaming issues in the past that now, on Manjaro and with its frequently updated kernels and drivers, just don't happen any more. Manjaro is a terrific distro for gaming...
Purple Library Guy 10 Feb, 2020
So you get more joy with nojoy?
Grimfist 10 Feb, 2020
Quote...try unplugging any gamepads or add "-nojoy" as a launch option which has seemed to fix it for me
Thank you Sir, this fixed it for me aswell. Glad you posted this.
Yeah since the release of Shattered Web and the new agent skins, CS:GO got a lot more players, queue times are a lot shorter then before this event. Although the number of cheaters rose with it also, it still makes a lot of fun. Even as a CS Beta 0.1 veteran ;)

Quoting: iiari... Manjaro is a terrific distro for gaming...
Welcome to Manjaro, you will have a very smooth gaming experience here, I never regret switching from Ubuntu either two years ago ;)


Last edited by Grimfist on 10 February 2020 at 11:29 am UTC
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