Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) has once again made history by smashing the player record, with over 1.5 million players concurrently playing the game today. This is the highest number ever recorded and a testament to the game’s soaring popularity.
What’s more, last month alone, three different dates saw new player records being set, showing that Counter-Strike is on an upward trajectory.
Counter-Strike 2 Beta
The buzz and excitement surrounding Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test have been a driving force for these record-breaking numbers. Players have been eager to practice ahead of the anticipated launch of the new game, and now that it has been announced, the player numbers are skyrocketing yet again.
Fans are clamoring to get access to the Limited Test themselves, hoping to qualify for an invite into the CS2 beta by having recent hours on official Valve servers, a good community standing, and a ban-free account.
All-time high on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s concurrent players
Moreover, the announcement of Counter-Strike 2 has caused a surge in viewership on Twitch. In the 24 hours after the announcement, CS:GO hit its highest peak concurrent viewers on Twitch in 2023, with an incredible 852,100 people tuning in to watch streamers play the beta.
One of the pro players, Owen “smooya” Butterfield, saw a staggering 192,000 concurrent viewers, smashing his previous record by over 170,000 viewers.
Most, if not all, await CS 2’s release
While this week has been a massive one for Counter-Strike, the hype surrounding the full launch of Counter-Strike 2 could be even bigger. Fans are speculating that the concurrent player record will be smashed again, with some expecting it to break the two million mark.
Are you excited to be a part of this epic moment in gaming history? Get practicing, and you could be one of the players who help make that happen. But before that, you can learn a thing or two from the pros of CS:GO.
You can watch them play in big stages as scheduled in their tournament events in 2023 here.