How many people play CS:GO? CS:GO player count

From Counter-Strike 1.6 in 2000 to Global Offensive in 2012, Valve’s seminal tactical shooter has thrived.

The game has seen an upward trajectory in terms of player base over the past nine years, recording an all-time high in April 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the long-awaited Counter-Strike 2 confirmed to be coming this summer, this record could easily be broken in the coming months.

Here’s all the information you need to know about how many people are actively playing CS:GO.

How many players does CS:GO have?

Since transitioning to a free-to-play model in December 2018, CS:GO has gained hundreds of thousands of new players, jumping from a peak of 546,031 players to 746,548 in just one month. That number has continued to rise in the months and years that followed.

Screengrab via Steam Charts

In March 2020, CS:GO reached the one million player mark for the first time. The next month, the game pulled in an average player count of 857,604, peaking at 1,305,714 concurrent players, according to Steam Charts. At the time, the U.S. and many countries around the world had imposed lockdowns to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Nearly two weeks ago, on Feb. 11, 2023, CS:GO broke the concurrent player count record for any game ever on Steam when it reached 1.3 million players. According to Steam Charts, this has nearly been broken in the 24 hours since the announcement of Counter-Strike 2. It seems like, at minimum, CS:GO sits around a million players every day, according to Steam Charts.

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In January 2022, the game peaked at 991,625 concurrent players—up from 950,586 in the previous month.