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Once again, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) has broken the record for the most PC players playing at the same moment.
Over the weekend, CS: GO reportedly had more over 1.8 million concurrent users, making it one of Steam’s most popular games of all time and breaking its own record for simultaneous users.
Counter-Strike 2: Bringing the World to a New Level.
There were 1,818,773 players of CS: GO online at the same moment the other day, meaning that PUBG: Battlegrounds is currently the only Steam game with a higher concurrent count.
The critically acclaimed shooter, which has been around for over 20 years in various forms, recently broke its own concurrent record, peaking at 1.32 million players in February, then breaching 1.4 million in March, and finally hitting 1.5 million concurrents by the end of March.
There were apparently 1,308,963 players online at the same time in CS: GO in January before the new record was set in February. That mark was established three years ago, and as you may recall, something happened around that time that forced us to stay inside your house for an extended period of time. All the more remarkable are the present record-breaking user numbers.
Counter-Strike 2 has been the subject of many speculation since it was first announced that it will be released in the summer of 2023. This speculation included a leakage earlier this year and a trademark registration.
A free update to CS: GO, the transition to the Source 2 engine marks what Valve calls the “biggest technical leap forward in Counter-Strike’s history” and ushers in a new era for the popular multiplayer shooter.
Recently, we shared news that the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat is providing Russian players with up-to-date information about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine by way of Counter-Strike.
On this, World Press Freedom Day, the publication has created a map in CS: GO to help disseminate “independent journalism.” The map depicts a ravaged Slavic city and has a hidden area where Russian-language uncut video footage of the invasion of Ukraine may be seen.