CS:GO peak concurrent player number on Steam 2016-2020

In February 2020, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) reached 917 thousand concurrent players on Steam. The game reached its record high peak concurrent player number in April 2016, at nearly 850.5 thousand gamers playing at the same time.

Counter Strike still going strong

Despite the fact that CS:GO was released some seven years ago in August 2012, the game is still very popular online and has developed a cult following. As of January 2019, Counter-Strike had more than 20 million monthly active users, double the figure from May 2016. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series of games. As with its predecessors, the game takes the form of a multiplayer first-person shooter in which two teams are pitted against each other in a variety of different game modes.

Not just a game for the gamers

While millions of gamers have fun playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, millions more watch official tournaments online. Some of the leading CS:GO eSports tournaments worldwide in 2018 included IEM Katowice 2018 and ELEAGUE Major 2018, the latter peaking at almost 1.9 million viewers. With such a large fanbase, it is unsurprising that these eSports tournaments are worth big money. The annual cumulative tournament prize pool for the game stood at 22.65 million U.S. dollars in 2018, a significant increase on the previous two years. Gamers are therefore in line for big paydays if they do well in these tournaments, with Andreas Højsleth, known by his online alias, Xyp9x, currently leading the earnings table for CS:GO eSports players.

Monthly number of peak concurrent players of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) on Steam worldwide as of February 2020

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

January 2016 to February 2020

Special properties

figures are estimates

Supplementary notes

Figures were rounded.

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