Counter-Strike: Global Offensive hits 1m concurrent players for the first time

Steam breaks its users record again.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has hit one million concurrent players for the first time in its history.

Valve's eight-year-old first-person shooter hit an incredible peak of 1,002,031 players today, according to official Steam stats.

1
Steam game concurrents at the time of publication.

That makes it the most-popular game on Steam by some distance. Valve's MOBA, Dota 2, is currently the second-most popular game on Steam, with a peak of 685,879 players. Battle royale PUBG is in third with 525,462 players.

CS:GO's popularity has been on the rise for some time now, and has broken its all-time peak concurrents figure a number of times in recent months.

Current theories point to the shooter's swelling popularity in China, as well as momentum gained from the move to free-to-play in 2018, coupled with the release of a battle pass in 2019. It seems likely the coronavirus outbreak, which has sparked a wave of self-isolation across the globe, has contributed too as people look for entertainment indoors.

Steam overall is seeing a huge number of users. At the time of this article's publication, 19,650,516 users were online - that's a new record.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Jump to comments (2)

About the author

Wesley Yin-Poole

Wesley Yin-Poole

Deputy Editor

Wesley is Eurogamer's deputy editor. He likes news, interviews, and more news. He also likes Street Fighter more than anyone can get him to shut up about it.

Related

You may also enjoy...

Comments (2)

Comments for this article are now closed. Thanks for taking part!

Hide low-scoring comments
Order
Threading