Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a multiplayer, first-person shooter game that has been at the forefront of the genre since its creation.
In this article, we will go over the most important CS:GO statistics and facts to make you love the game even more.
Top Seven Fascinating CS:GO Statistics
- The number of concurrent players on Steam peaked at 1.3 million in April 2020.
- As of July 2021, CS:GO has accrued a total viewership of 19 billion on Twitch.
- There were 24 million monthly active CS:GO users in February 2020.
- Valued at 7.98 million, CS:GO has the largest cumulative tournament prize pool.
- PGL Major Stockholm 2021 is the most successful CS:GO event ever.
- 23% of CS:GO fans are viewers only.
- Peter Rasmussen, aka dupreeh, is the highest-earning CS:GO player.
General CS:GO Statistics
1. The number of concurrent players on Steam peaked at 1.3 million in April 2020.
The number of monthly concurrent CS:GO players on Steam stood at 1.305,714 in April 2020. Mostly as a result of the coronavirus and ensuing lockdowns, this figure is an increase of around 100% since January 2016, when there were 667,000 concurrent monthly players on the platform.
2. As of July 2021, CS:GO has accrued a total viewership of 19 billion on Twitch.
CS:GO is ranked third as the most viewed game of all time on Twitch. CS:GO all-time viewership, as of July 2021, is at 19.14 billion, preceded by Fortnite (25.16 billion views) and the most popular game on Twitch—League of Legends with 42.55 billion views.
The number of average CS:GO viewers on Twitch is also high, breaking the all-time record in August 2021 with an average of 67,000 viewers.
3. There were 24 million monthly active CS:GO users in February 2020.
In February 2014, the number of monthly active users was 2.2 million. Since then, the game has consistently grown its player base, increasing to 17.22 million in August 2019 and an incredible 24 million users by February 2020.
4. There were around 27 million unique players in May 2021.
According to the CS:GO statistics at Leetify, the number of unique monthly players in March 2019 was approximately 20 million, the highest since the game was created. The second peak with about 25 million was recorded in July 2020 before increasing again at 27 million in May this year.
5. The CS:GO player base increased by 60% in just two years.
Another statistic by Leetify shows that the biggest percentage growth of the player base took place when the game was first released, i.e. between September 2012 and January 2014.
The player base also grew by a total of 54% since CS:GO went free-to-play. In fact, this change garnered an influx of 85,000 new players, i.e. a 27.5% growth. Even more impressive, this record was broken just 16 months later—there was another growth in the player base of 27.8%, or another 186,570 new players.
6. Valued at 7.98 million, CS:GO has the largest cumulative tournament prize pool.
PUBG is a close second having a prize pool worth $7.8 million in the first six months of 2021, followed by Epic Games’ Fortnite, which has a cumulative prize pool of $6.12 million.
7. PGL Major Stockholm 2021 is the most successful CS:GO event ever.
The only eSports event to take place with an audience, the PGL Major Stockholm 2021, broke several records for the franchise, including:
- Peak number of viewers was 2.74 million, double the 1.33 million viewers who watched the Grand Final of ELEAGUE Major in 2017.
- The event moved the CS:GO category to 5th place on Twitch and ranked seventh in the top ten list of most popular esports events ever.
- The Major was the first event streamed in 4K.
- With a whopping $2 million, this tournament had the biggest prize pool in CS:GO history. Previously, the biggest prize pool was $1.5 million for the WESG 2016 tournament.
- Viewers clocked in over 71.269.601 hours, putting the PGL Major at 9th place in eSports history.
CS: GO Demographic
8. 23% of CS:GO fans are viewers only.
In a 2019 survey conducted by Statista, 49% of respondents answered that they only play CS:GO. 28% said they both played and watched, whereas 23% reported that they were viewers only.
9. Russia makes up almost 12% of the CS:GO player base.
Unsurprisingly, the countries with the highest access to computers and the internet account for the highest share of the CS:GO player base.
Looking at a sample size of 7 million players who participated in CS:GO, Leetify found that 11.65% of the players were from Russia. The USA takes second place with 10.66%, followed by Poland, Brazil, and Germany, which account for 5.32%, 4.87%, and 4.55%, respectively. The UK is in 10th place with 2.29%.
10. One million CS:GO players have been banned at least once.
Out of seven million tracked users, approximately one million have been banned at least once. What’s more, around half of the 2 million reported matches have had a banned player. In the past month, though, bans have gone down from 209 VAC bans to 23 and from 94 game bans to 29.
CS:GO Tournament and Player Statistics
11. There were almost 500 CS:GO esports events in 2020.
In 2015, the number of CS: GO events worldwide was a little above 250, quickly rising to almost double the next year. Since then, the number of events has gradually gone up. In fact, projections show that there will be around 750 events in 2021.
12. Mirage is the most played map of all time.
According to the statistics from HLTV, these are the most and least played maps of all time:
- Mirage is the most popular map, played 19.638 times in all matches.
- Inferno is the most played map in big tournament events, with a total of 763 times played.
- Tuscan is the least popular map of all time, played only six times.
13. Counter-Terrorists have a higher win percentage on most maps.
Information from HLTV indicates that Counter-Terrorists have the advantage in win rate percentage on most maps:
- Mirage has a 52.4% win rate for the Counter-Terrorist side and 47.6% for the Terrorists.
- Inferno has a 55.5% win rate for Counter-Terrorists, which leaves Terrorists with a 44.5% win rate.
- Dust2 and Cache are the only consistently Terrorist favouring maps in tournaments with 50.7% and 53.8% win rates, respectively.
14. Peter Rasmussen, aka dupreeh, is the highest-earning CS:GO player.
Earning about $1.93 million, Astralis player dupreeh has made the most money out of competitive gaming in CS:GO. He is followed by teammate Andreas Højsleth (Xyp9x), making $1.91 as of September 2021, and Ninjas in Pyjamas player Nicolai Reedtz (dev1ce) who earned $1.89 million during the same period.
15. Natus Vincere is the second-highest rated team.
HLTV rates these teams as the best:
- Gambit have played a total of 179 maps and have a rating of 1.11.
- The previous top-rated team Natus Vincere has a rating of 1.10, playing 179 maps.
- Vitality are third with 143 maps played and a 1.06 rating.
While the highest-rated players are:
- Natus Vincere’s s1mple is currently the top-rated player. He has played a total of 179 maps and has a rating of 1.33.
- ZywOo is the second-highest-rated with 143 maps played and a rating of 1.30.
- sh1ro is the third with 179 maps played and a rating of 1.23.
16. Fans of Natus Vincere have watched a total of 61 million hours of their content online.
Na’VI has total airtime of 301.8 hours and 61 million total hours watched by their audience. Astralis is in second place with a total airtime of 259 hours and 42 million hours watched.
In terms of platforms:
- 81.9% of Natus Vincere fans use Twitch
- 16.5% use Youtube
- 1.15% use Facebook
- 0.5% fall to all other platforms.
Is CS: GO Still Popular?
If the latest PGL Major is any indication, CS: GO is still among the most popular eSports disciplines.
So whether you are just playing, watching or betting on CS:GO, know that this game will be around for many years to come.
What is CS:GO Overwatch?
CS: GO Overwatch is Valve’s community self-moderation system. Once a player gets reported for malicious activity, their gameplay goes up for review. Veteran players can then go through Overwatch replays and judge whether the reported players are cheaters or griefers, upon which they can submit their opinion.
Once several players have reviewed the gameplay of the reported player, the system automatically decides what to do with the player.
What is CS: GO Danger Zone?
CS:GO Danger Zone is Valve’s contribution to the battle royale genre with their own personal twist.
Instead of the common 50 to 100 players in one match, which has been the standard for this genre – akin to Warzone and Fortnite, Valve restricts it to 18 players per match. The standard gameplay stands true though. Players drop onto the map, and their primary objective is to gather equipment and be the last one standing.
How do I see my CS:GO statistics?
You have several options when tracking your own personal csgo statistics, but one of the most common is CS:GO’s in-game stat tracker.
To check out your CS:GO statistics, you need to:
- Turn on CS:GO
- Click on your dashboard
- Open up Operation Stats
- Select the stats you’d like to see
- Analyse them