CS:GO set new peak record of over 900,000 players

CS:GO has been one of the go to shooters for a while now and the player count is still on the rise (Picture: Valve)

Counter Strike: Global Offensive has been one of the most beloved shooters for years now. The eight year old FPS has had plenty of high moments with a fairly high number of recurring players. Now the game has set a record for it’s highest peak player count in 24 hours of 901,305.

The game has been on the rise again since it went free-to-play back in December 2018. This was in response to the dwindling player count as Valve saw they where losing plenty of players from the game. Since then there has been a steady rise in the number of players in CS:GO. With the numbers steadily increasing Valve then added a huge new update for the game in November 2019, Operation Shattered Web.

The player count has been steadily increasing since it went free to play (Picture: SteamCharts)

The operation added a breath of fresh air into the game by adding agents, missions and an end game accolade screen. Along with a few balance changes to weapons like the SSG 553. After the release of Operation Shattered Web the player count continued to rise even more jumping up nearly 100,000 average players a month between November 2019 and January 2020.

CS:GO started to get a lot more of a following after going F2P that it shocked even Valve and was even beating in-house rivals Dota 2 for player count numbers. The 901,305 new peak player base beat the previous record that was set in April 2016 at 874,875.

What do you think of the increased player base in CS:GO? Have you started playing it since it went free to play? Let us know in the comments below.

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