CS:GO breaks concurrent player record during IEM Katowice

CS:GO breaks concurrent player record during IEM Katowice

12. February 2023 by Andrew Williams

A new milestone has been set as CS:GO has broken a new player record. The record coincides with IEM Katowice and the release of Revolution Case. CS:GO has been released more than a decade ago but is still going strong. Some claim its a “ded gaem” but it’s far from it!

Still breaking records and just surpassed the previous record for people playing at the same time. A good sign for an ageing giant and it seems like there is still some life left to be lived. CS:GO enters its second decade of existence with a new record of concurrent players.

New record of players

CS:GO reached a new record of concurrent players yesterday, February 11. According to Steam statistics site SteamDB, there was a high of 1,320,219 players. This surpassed the previous record by about 12,000 players, which was set in April three years ago, when the Corona pandemic was at its global peak.

At that time, 1,305,714 players were counted playing the game at the same time. The new record was set a few days after the release of the new Revolution Case, which went live with the Thursday, February 9 update. The game joins PUBG and DOTA 2 as one of only four games to ever break the 1 million concurrent player mark in Steam history.

The Revolution Case

The Revolution Case includes skins for the most popular weapons in the game, such as the AK-47, the M4A4, the AWP, and the M4A1-S, with the first two skins being particularly rare. Most of the skins are in bright, neon-like colors and are a real revolution for the well-known CS:GO skins, which were rarely made in such tones. Moreover, in addition to the Revolution Case, a new Espionage Sticker Capsule and a Music Kit by artist Denzel Curry have been added to the game. The latest record of top players was recorded about an hour and a half before the start of the semi-final matches of IEM Katowice 2023. The first match pitted Heroic against Natus Vincere, while G2 Esports later faced Team Liquid. With the esports season kicking off and the first major events, like IEM Katowice, being broadcast live, it’s no surprise that CS:GO player numbers have skyrocketed.

Congratulations and reviews

Some people used this great moment to congratulate the developers but others threw shade and voiced their opinion about the state of the game. There were comments saying there was still no operation or major update, only the “usual boring updates” or even that the game is never updated. Even though there is always something to improve, this milestone in CS:GO is still welcome to be celebrated.