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CS:GO : Overview

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) was released in 2012, building on the original Counter-Strike mod for Half-Life released in 1999. Counter-Strike’s success has defined multiplayer first-person shooter games. In CS:GO two teams compete in an objective-based game mode, across multiple rounds, in the hope of winning enough rounds to take victory in the match.CS:GO has a number of game modes including Competitive, Wingman, Casual, Deathmatch, Arms Race, Demolition and Flying Scoutsman.

Competitive is the classic mode and sees two teams of five play it out in a best-of-30 rounds format. Teams can be either Terrorists, or Counter-Terrorists. Armour, weapons, defuse and rescue kits are bought, and players have to manage their spending to get the best combination of gear. In Competitive the first team to win 16 rounds of either Bomb Defusal or Hostage Rescue mode takes victory.Out of the other game modes, Wingman is a 2v2 best-of-16 format, Deathmatch allows instant respawns and fast battle play, and Flying Scoutsman is a Casual 8v8 format with reduced gravity. Since release, CS:GO has achieved around 11 million players per month and official tournaments began in 2013.

There are many tournaments, either organised by Valve or by third-party organizations. CS:GO “Majors,” have substantial prize pools, usually at $250,000 and above, the first $1 million prize pool was set by MLG Columbus in 2016. In fact, CS:GO esports teams now have their own union and members won’t attend tournaments with prize pools less than $75,000. In 2020, two major esports organizations, Cloud9 and Dignitas have announced plans for a franchise-based league for CS:GO with the league owned by the teams themselves. As per Esports Earnings, CS:GO is ranked second in its list of esports games which have paid out the most in prize money. Over 12,000 professional players have taken home winnings from a total prize payout for CS:GO of over $92 million across 4787 tournaments.

Top Players

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Jacky “Stewie2K” Yip

Yip is a professional CS:GO player for Team Liquid, he’s also competed with Cloud9 and Sk Gaming. He’s 22 years old and is from San Francisco, US. As he has professional gaming commitments, Yip doesn’t have a streaming schedule, but he is incredibly popular when he’s online. 

The name “Stewie2K” stems from Yip’s early CS:GO play. A friend gave him the game as a gift and he, Yip and teammates chose Family Guy characters and thumbnails. “2K” was added later.

Like many players, Yip first started gaming with his older brother. He’d watch him play Counter-Strike 1.6 on PC and then learned to play on both console and PC. When he had his own PC, he also began playing RuneScape and MapleStory, then Warfare 2 on Xbox 260. Warfare 2 was Yip’s first knowledge of competitive gaming. He then played League of Legends for a year before returning to playing Counter-Strike 1.6 and then CS:GO at the age of 16. 

Yip joined Cloud9 officially on his 18th birthday, after try outs, and moved to the Cloud9 team house. 

On Twitch, Yip has 740,000 followers and over 12 million channel views. On YouTube he has over 235,000 subscribers and some of his popular videos have hundreds of thousands of views each. 

As per his Twitch profile he’s received over $28,000 from his top 24 donators. As a professional esports player of CS:GO he’s won over $500,000 in prize money from many tournaments.

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Jordan “N0THING” Gilbert

Gilbert is a professional CS:GO player and streamer. He’s competed with Evil Geniuses, compLexity Gaming, Cloud9 and Old Guys Club. He’s a major internet personality, is now 29 years old and is from San Diego, US. 

This player was also introduced to gaming by his brother, who he used to watch before beginning to play Counter-Strike when he was around nine. His mom allowed him to compete in LAN tournaments at this age when she realised his skills as a player, and he would often win. It was his ambition to become a professional esports player and started to compete more frequently in LAN tournaments in 2004. 

At the age of 18, Gilbert signed with Evil Geniuses before moving to Complexity gaming and then Cloud9 when he began creating YouTube content. Today Gilbert focuses on streaming though he sometimes competes.

On Twitch, Gilbert has over 588,000 followers and his channel has seen over 13 million views. On YouTube he has over 450,000 subscribers and some of his most popular uploads have seen millions of views. 

As a professional esports competitor, as per Esports Earnings, Gilbert has won over $285,000 in prize money from 124 tournaments.

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Spencer “Hiko” Martin

Martin streams mostly CS:GO and he’s also competed with professional esports teams including Area 51, Quantic Gaming, compLexity Gaming, Cloud9, Team Liquid, Optic Gaming, Nihilum and Rogue. He’s 30 years old and from Detroit, US. 

Martin grew up playing console games and by middle school he was playing StarCraft and Diablo II. When one of his friends was introduced to Counter-Strike 1.6 he immediately moved to the game and Martin and others followed. Martin has also played World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm and League of Legends. His first foray into competitive CS:GO came in 2011 but he hasn’t competed professionally since leaving Rogue in 2019. He began streaming in 2014 and has been a full-time streamer since leaving Rogue. 

This streamer has over 563,000 followers on Twitch and his channel has had over 18 million views. Top Twitch Streamers estimates that Martin earns at least $2,000 per month streaming, excluding sponsorships, donations and other revenue. On YouTube he has 104,000 subscribers and some of his most popular videos have received millions of views.

All Players

NAF

Nationality

Canada

Games NAF Plays

motm

Nationality

USA

Team

Cloud9-symbol

Games motm Plays

Golden

Nationality

Sweden/Iraq

Team

Fnatic-symbol

Games Golden Plays

KRiMZ

Nationality

Sweden

Team

Fnatic-symbol

Games KRiMZ Plays

nitr0

Nationality

USA

Games nitr0 Plays

EliGE

Nationality

USA

Games EliGE Plays

f0rest

Nationality

Sweden

Team

Ninjas-In-Pyjamas-symbol

Games f0rest Plays

Lekr0

Nationality

Sweden

Games Lekr0 Plays

GeT_RiGhT

Nationality

Sweden

Team

Ninjas-In-Pyjamas-symbol

Games GeT_RiGhT Plays

Flusha

Nationality

Sweden

Team

Fnatic-symbol

Games Flusha Plays

Top Tips

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Learn the maps

There are lots of maps in CS:GO, don’t feel you need to play or know them all immediately. While you’re learning to play CS:GO choose one or a few maps to master completely before moving on to new ones. This will build your confidence in the game and your prowess in maps you know.

To be a really good CS:GO player you need to know the map you play well. Knowing the terrain and the buildings will give you an advantage when the gameplay gets hot, you’ll know the best spots to attack from and where to seek shelter quickly. Start with mastering one map before you move to the next. Nine main CS:GO maps are played often in competitive CS:GO esports. These are: Cache, Cobblestone, Dust II, Inferno, Mirage, Nuke, Overpass, Train, and Vertigo. New players are often recommended to start with Mirage, Inferno and Cache.

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Choose weapons carefully and reload ready

You might really like the look of some weapons, but practice is needed to learn them all. As with maps start with easier weapons and just a few and learn to use them properly and quickly. You can practice in offline matches with bots so that your teammates aren’t getting frustrated with you trying to get a handle on a new weapon in the middle of a game. 

In CS:GO you really need to think about reloading. If you are faced with opponents and only have one round you might get stuck reloading in the middle of a shootout and get taken out. So, if you are low, reload ready for trouble.

Though don’t reload when you don’t need to as this makes you vulnerable while you’re reloading.

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Don’t waste grenades

Once you get used to using grenades you might find yourself overusing them, or using smoke, flashes and Molotovs in the wrong places. Experienced players are careful with grenades, they know the places on the map where these weapons can be used to the greatest advantage, and when is the right time to use lots of grenades. 

Learn how to use grenades properly and also learn where are the best places to use them and why, can they hide your actions, or push opponents back in a tricky situation? Pay attention to how experienced players and your opponent’s use grenades and you will soon learn the best CS:GO strategies.

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Keep moving and learn how to react quickly

When you’re a new a player, there’s often so much going on and so much to learn that you forget to keep moving. But a moving target is one that’s much harder to hit so keep moving and jumping and you’ll find you survive for far longer. 

You also need to quickly master the art of switching weapons fast and changing from knives to guns. Many players recommend taking time to learn to switch weapons with the 1-4 key buttons rather than the mouse wheel. 

Also don’t forget to walk silently, it can be easy to forget in such a fast-paced game, but your opponents can hear the noises you make and will listen for them. You’ll survive longer if you are quiet.

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At first, leave the complicated stuff to experienced teammates

If you are playing with teammates that have more experience or are more confident than you, concentrate on surviving and making sure they do. Let someone else carry the bomb, if you have it you can always drop it somewhere safe for a teammate to pick up. Don’t forget communication, and teamwork, is the key to succeeding.

Also be careful in the Bomb Defusal scenario – watch other players first and watch out for opponents who will hear you. If you are defusing, you can always pause and check around you that no opponents have heard you and are on route to attack.

CS:GO : Game Settings

CS:GO : Game Statistics

Concurrent players on Steam

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In March 2020 amidst the coronavirus crisis and as people stay home and stay safe, CS:GO achieved 1.15 million concurrent players on Steam, as per Statista. It is the highest peak since the release of Counter-Strike’s latest iteration, CS:GO, in 2012.

Active Users

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CS:GO has been hugely popular, in January 2019 it had over 20 million monthly active users. This is twice the number of players of May 2016.

Peak Audience

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CS:GO’s ELEAGUE Major 2018 hit a peak audience viewership of 1.9 million viewers.

Prize Money

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The total tournament prize pool for 2018 for CS:GO was $22.65 million, up from 2017 and 2016. CS:GO tournaments, across all time, have awarded more prize money cumulatively than any other esports title except for Dota 2.

Earnings to date

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As per Esports Earnings, over $93 million in prize money has been won in professional CS:GO esports tournaments to date.

Hours Watched

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As per Sully Gnome, in the 30 days preceding April 13, 2020, 87 million hours of CS:GO streaming were watched on Twitch. 2560 Twitch channels stream the popular esports game.

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