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CS:GO beats its all time concurrent online players record


CS:GO has surpassed 1.3 million concurrent players for only the second time, breaking its own record.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) has broken its record online concurrent player count, hitting a peak of 1,320,219 players at around 5:50 a.m. PT on Feb. 11, 2023. The peak came ahead of the climax of IEM Katowice 2023, with its Semifinals set to take place at 6:30 a.m. PT the same day.

The peak also comes just after the release of the new Revolution Case, Espionage Sticker Capsule, and ULTIMATE music kit. Cases, sticker packs, and the rare addition of new content to CS:GO, combined with the Katowice tournament, has sparked an unprecedented level of interest in the game, causing this record number of players.

CS:GO breaks player record

(Image via SteamDB)
(Image via SteamDB)

According to SteamDB, the game hit its new peak in the early hours of the morning, with eager fans awaiting the most famous esports tournament in the world. CS:GO is currently the most-played game on the Steam platform, and holds the number two spot in top sellers (with an estimated 326.09 million downloads).

CS:GO’s previous peak player number was set in April 2020, when the game reached 1,308,983 players. Since then, the game fell below an average of one million players for much of 2021, before surging in 2022, and reaching this new peak today. However, that up-and-down of players doesn't mean CS:GO was going through a rough patch by any means.

Despite being an almost 11-year-old game, released originally on Aug. 21, 2012, CS:GO has remained on the top spot as Steam’s most-played and almost most-downloaded game. Truly a testament to how much of a timeless classic the game is. It's been over a decade, and despite imitators and pretenders, CS:GO is very much the king of esports.

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Michael is a UK-based content creator who caught the esports bug in 2010, but took eight years to figure out he should write about it. Throwing away a promising career in marketing and PR, he now specialises in MOBAs, covering League of Legends, Dota 2, and esports in general since 2019. When not glued to tournaments taking place on the other side of the globe, he spends time nurturing an unhealthy addiction to MMOs and gacha games.