Launched on August 21, 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive recently surpassed its all-time concurrent player record on February 11, 2023. 1,320,219 players are now active in the game, breaking the previous record of 1,308,963 players set about three years ago.
As a mod for Half-Life, Counter-Strike first appeared in 1999. As it gained popularity, Valve took note and made one of the best decisions in company history. The co-creators were hired to work on creating a solo release once it purchased the rights. CS 1.0 has been around for 23 years.
The most recent version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is what the official Twitter account aptly refers to as “Your favourite first-person shooter’s favourite first-person shooter.” Although there are dozens of different ways to play, the classic Counter-Strike experience involves five terrorists trying to detonate a bomb at one of two sites while five counter-terrorists fan out to stop them. It has features that the older versions didn’t have but otherwise remains essentially the same game.
The first several years of CS: GO witnessed significant adjustments because it wasn’t launched under ideal circumstances. There is a strong case to be made that the $400 knives were what ultimately saved Counter-Strike, in addition to the game’s unwavering core of goodness. But something that incredibly started out as a console version is now widely regarded as the best competitive first-person shooter of all time and Steam’s most well-liked title.
I believe I have played CS: GO more than any other game in history. That does not imply that I am proficient. I had to bring up the time my team lost a CS: GO match and a man with a Russian accent on the losing team noticed my 10-year veteran coin (a small token Valve gives to long-term players) in the lobby after the match when we were talking about trash talk recently at PCG Towers. He yelled, “This guy’s been playing since I was a little baby and we still hit him,” via voice chat, and everyone burst out in hysterics. Although I never really healed psychologically from that fire, as you would have guessed, I live for moments like these.
There has never been a better moment to start playing one of the best PC games ever created. You may play CS: GO for free on Steam, and this beginner’s tutorial will help you get started. While CS fans may bemoan the game, and things may appear scary from the outside, there is a sizable community that likes things like chickens and “door stuck!” tattoos just as much as the actual awesome moments.