7 Years After Release, Counter Strike: GO Just Set A New Record

More than 910,000 people were playing the game at the same time on February 9.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released back in 2012. Whereas some games slow down over time as players move on to new games, CSGO has continued to grow.

The public Steam stats page shows that CSGO has reached a new all-time peak concurrent player figure. On Sunday, February 9, CSGO had more than 901,000 peak concurrent players, which surpasses the previous record of 850,485 in April 2016 following the MLG Columbus tournament, according to Eurogamer.

For comparison, CSGO had more than 250,000 more peak concurrent players on February 9 than the No. 2 game, DOTA 2, which is also free-to-play and developed by Valve.

CSGO's peak concurrent player numbers are massive, and a new record for the game itself, but PUBG still holds the record for highest overall peak concurrent player numbers. The battle royale game reached an astonishing 3 million peak concurrent players during the height of its popularity in 2018.

It's not immediately clear why CSGO's player figures have jumped in recent times.

In other news, Valve recently updated CSGO again with a new feature takes aim at people who abuse others via in-game chat. Players who received "significantly more abuse reports" than other players will receive a warning. If they ignore the warning, they'll get automatically muted. They will stay muted until they earn enough XP to lift the speaking ban, but during this time, other players can choose to manually unmute them.

Go to CSGO's website to learn more about this new feature.

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