Users and usage
As it is the case with other multiplayer games, Counter-Strike also found its spot in the eSports universe. Unlike League of Legends or DOTA 2, which have their own dedicated championships, CS:GO professional players compete in numerous single and multiple game tournaments, for example DreamHack, ESL One and Intel Extreme Masters, just to name a few. In fact, the 2017 Intel Extreme Masters Katowice was the second most viewed eSports tournament in the world as of late, with 46 million unique viewers watching the competitions. While the events take place all over the world, the majority of the most successful gamers originate in Europe. Latest figures show that 11 out of 15 highest earning CS:GO professional eSports players come from Sweden, Denmark and Slovakia, with the a few top earned amounts attributed to Brazilians. The game is also a popular way to make extra money among general eSports enthusiast who can simply bet on the outcomes of tournaments. As a matter of fact, Counter Strike held the second highest share of the total amount wagered among other eSports games in 2016. All this bodes well for the future of the game in the world of eSports.