Valve Says Counter-Strike Could Get a Tournament Event Like Dota 2’s The International

“I don’t see any reason why a lot of the same things couldn't be applied directly to Counter-Strike.”

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With fans raising $10.7 million in prizes for Dota 2’s world championship tournament The International and 10,000 tickets to attend it in person selling out in an hour, there is no doubt Valve’s eSports event is immensely popular. But could Valve put on a similar event for another one of its games?

A recent interview with Valve’s Erik Johnson suggests that the company might try it with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

“I don’t know if it would be called The International, but the guys working on Counter-Strike made a lot of progress on supporting the professional community around that game,” Johnson told Prodota.ru. “We all work at the same company and share a lot of ideas, and given how successful this tournament [The International] has become I don’t see any reason why a lot of the same things couldn't be applied directly to Counter-Strike.”

Johnson added that Valve doesn't have anything to announce right now, but that data it has showing how well the community responded to The International is “something that’s going to be pretty difficult to ignore for any game team.”

Last month, Valve’s digital gaming platform Steam reached a milestone of 8,020,700 concurrent users. Dota 2 was by far the most popular game, followed by Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and then Team Fortress 2. Johnson said that he worked on Counter-Strike for 14 years and that it’s now bigger than ever.

What games would you like to see in a huge, competitive eSports event? Let us know in the comments below.

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Discussion

31 comments
lfebaggins
lfebaggins

"Johnson said that he worked on Counter-Strike for 14 years and that it’s now bigger than ever."


14 years


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4-1=3


Half-life 3 confirmed.


3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Lol the international 3 it the 4th tournament of Dota2 but a huge disappointment is that non of those were either won by any US team so it is a big humiliation for US gamers who claims insanely that they are the most hardcore gamer ever. if the trend continues to the 2014 tournament valve will have to think over it for another game i think they should add TeamFortress rather than cs.

xwulfd
xwulfd

hahaha  remember CAL?


They should do 1.6 instead of GO. 1.6 players has more skills than GO

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Counter strike continues to dominate the fps scene so makes sense for it to have something like the international.

lorider25
lorider25

and here I thought Valve already had CS Tournaments...


If this was the 1990's I might of given a crap also.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

that would boost CS players massively. GO GO GO> its still the only MP FPS i care about.


The people saying GO sux and isnt as good as 1.6 sure. I agree, the maps have been thinned down and made smaller (which sux) the gun mechanics are slightly different and the movement is a bit faster. HOWEVER i still have more fun playing it overall than any other MP FPS games out there.

saltful
saltful

Just gonna throw this out - CS:GO has the worst solo competitive/ranked games you'll ever get. Unbalanced teams, hackers, disconnecting, playing with or against bots. Playing without a premade team is waste of time.

Sir_Meowcat_Esq
Sir_Meowcat_Esq

lololol... CS...GO?  CS 1.6 (better yet, pre 1.0, but I digress), ok.  Even lolSource would be more credible... but GO?   What's next, professional slot machine competitions?

DarkLight748
DarkLight748

Playing Video Games is not a sport, why can't you see that.

Tranula
Tranula

How the hell is it possible that Counter-Strike, one of the grand daddy's of competitive play, does not have tournaments at this level?


manoogian
manoogian

company of heroes is the only game i can watch. It's amazing at high skill levels

pignugget
pignugget

Been playing since 1999, and still going strong myself. It may not be have the hype that Dota has, but it's a tried and true team game that has stood the test of time. GL HF to those who compete, and lets lo3 this thing.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Now THAT is something I would be excited to watch.

skyke101
skyke101

I do want to see how they pull it out

dominoodle
dominoodle

I'd like to see that happen. I look at something like The International and just think "man i wish i could get into MOBAs" cause TI seems awesome, but those games really just aren't for me. CS is something i could totally get behind.

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@saltful i barely get any hackers. Theres some awesome players that are stupidily good however. If you are playing Competitive mode, bare in mind TONS of the people playing that mode have played CS for 5+ years.

59Hertz
59Hertz

@DarkLight748 "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature" seems to  fits just fine. That's sort of like saying mental exercise isn't actually exercise. Basically your idea of what Sports seem to be based purely on being able to see the people run around..

nyran125tk
nyran125tk

@DarkLight748 POKER isnt a sport , its a game, but it doesnt stop people from makng sht loads of cash playing POKER. Nor is CHESS.

faizanhd
faizanhd

@DarkLight748

It's not a sport. It's an e-sport.

Your comment seriously reeks of self-esteem issues brother.

anab0lic
anab0lic

@Tranula because cs:go gameplay wise fails to replicate what made the original and even CSS so great. The community was shat on and moved on to other things...many of them likely now playing dota etc.

NorseLax09
NorseLax09

@repetitiousv2 True, but i believe they are trying to make them more "mainstream", the same way DotA2 the international is.


t3ero2zero
t3ero2zero

@nyran125tk your not going to make alot of money playing chess as its a game of skill and study, Poker is more about luck as it is gambling after all and e sport i always find it a hard topic as people who play video games for 8 hours a day can't have that money(well not from playing videogames) so its not the same as poker, its more like chess as its more about skill and study.


...oh and there is about $1millon in competitive chess but your going to have to beat magnus carlsen :S he has an ELO 3700

nazgoroth
nazgoroth

@anab0lic @Tranula I quit playing CS because of the community. Either people have all developed tourette syndrome in cs or are generally retarded.

Also appearently wishing people to get cancer is the new cool thing to do there. So i just gave up, i don't have the right qualifications to manage large groups of screaming childeren.