The player count of CSGO has skyrocketed in thanks to worldwide quarantines keeping everyone indoors. On March 14th, CSGO at peak hour had 1,001,756 players online at a single moment. This marks the first time this eight-year-old FPS game would have over a million players online at once.
The player count records continued to climb over the next two weeks and have now reached 1,100,000 players online. This showing that one million players weren’t some strange phenomena as counts continue to rise.
CSGO’s popularity has played a strange effect as most games peak two to three years after their release date. Whereas CSGO is more popular than ever eight years after release. Most agree that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is very out-dated compared to games releasing in the present-day.
Counter-Strike has built a reputation for being very consistent and competitive. It’s difficult to frequently update a popular game without delivering game-breaking updates that affect the meta. There have been few game-breaking updates in CSGO’s history, but Valve was quick to patch them to give balance back into the game.
It’s interesting to see how the COVID-19 outbreak is doubling most game player counts. Once the quarantine is ceased and people return to work, the player counts will plummet back to their normal status. As for now, absurdly high numbers will show in player counts and we can only hope that servers remain stable.