Counter-Strike: GO breaks Steam’s record for the most concurrent players 11 years after launch
What happened now? With all the attention and positive feedback that Hogwarts Legacy is getting, you’ll be forgiven if you think the game will top the Steam charts. However, that honor still belongs to Counter-Strike: Go, which just broke its record for the most concurrent players 11 years after its release.
PC gamer writes which according to SteamDBs, a competitive multiplayer first-person shooter launched on August 21, 2012, reached its all-time high concurrent player count of 1,320,219 players on February 11, 2023, beating the previous record of 1,308,963 players. This is quite an amazing achievement, especially considering that the original Counter-Strike started out as a Half-Life mod in 1999.
Free-to-play CS:GO remains the only game on Steam to regularly attract over a million concurrent players. It’s long been followed by Dota 2 at number two, but Valve’s MOBA has run into trouble since the release of Hogwart’s Legacy last week. The role-playing game has already reached a record 879,308 concurrent games, and the number of players in it was higher than in Dota 2 in the last few days.
Despite its popularity, CS:GO does not claim to be the most simultaneous player on Steam. Its new record is about half that of PUBG: Battlegrounds, which previously hit an all-time high of 3,257,248. Lost Ark’s record is also higher than CS:GO’s, albeit at just over 5,000 players. The only two other games with more than one million concurrent players are Dota 2 and Cyberpunk 2077.
The increase in the number of concurrent players is in line with the increase in the number of people using Steam. In January, the number of active players on the platform, that is, those who played games, reached a record high of 10,284,568 people, and the total number of people logged into the system reached 33,078,963 people.
We can expect the number of Steam concurrent users to continue to grow as Valve introduces more features to its service. The most recent of these is an overhaul of the Big Picture mode. It adds to this feature a Steam Deck style UI that is designed to provide a PC with a controller-enabled console user interface when connected to a large TV.