Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a game that just recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, has hit a new milestone. Valve’s 5-on-5 first-person shooter game has gone through a few iterations, but the 20-year-old game is still seeing players come out in record numbers. On March 14, CS:GO had over 1M concurrent players, the most ever according to SteamCharts. 

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As more and more schools and job sites close because of the social distancing protocols put in place because of the novel corona (COVID-19) pandemic, people are looking to gaming, social, and video mediums to pass the time. CS:GO appears to be one of those methods.

However, even before the health concerns regarding the virus were apparent, the number of players was on the rise.

Credit: SteamCharts

Since January of 2019 CS:GO has seen a 41% increase in the average number of players with the largest jump occurring in 2020 between January and February at 8.54%

Recently the digital distribution platform registered over 19.7M players – the most ever in history, beating the previous mark by just under 1M players.

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