Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is by far one of the most popular esports among Western countries. Usually having two Majors championships in the year, the game ignites its popularity and visibility during the most prestigious championships of the year.
Amazingly, CS:GO is one of the fastest growing businesses in this pandemic period. According to the specialized website Esports Charts, the beloved FPS had an increase in popularity, if you look at the period between January 2019 and July 2020.
In the meantime, there were the Majors of Berlin and Katowice, in addition to the launch of a new operation. Since the beginning of last year, the game has had a dramatic increase in popularity, reaching the mark of 1.3 million simultaneous players, in addition to the increase in the number of spectators. Although it is nowhere near the 4 million achieved by PUBG, it is a very impressive number.
In the midst of all this coronavirus madness, the game declined a bit, dropping to 1 million simultaneous players. A curious fact is that the launch of Operation Shattered Web , in November 2019, had an almost zero impact on the number of active players.
By the way, the biggest peak of spectators in a tournament in the meantime happened during IEM Katowice 2020. The iconic Polish city was the stage for the conquest of the Russian Natus Vincere, who drags a legion of fans in their matches.
It is no secret that the launch of VALORANT caused a blow to the popularity of Counter-Strike, but everything seems to have been a thing for the moment. Making a brief comparison, the high caliber FPS championships of Riot Games reach, at best, 100 thousand spectators, while almost every CS tournament beats 200 thousand.
It is easy to conclude and safe to say that, despite having been released more than eight years ago, CS:GO still has a huge fan base, who are very passionate about the game, despite all the problems presented by it. Many never get tired of the game, or when they get tired, they choose to relax, watching their favorite team in a high-level championship.