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Global Offensive celebrates 10th anniversary at its best

On a day like today, ten years ago, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive it came into our computers and into our lives. Valve released on August 21, 2012 CS:GOa video game that encountered several difficulties at first due to loyalty to the CS 1.6 and to Source. However, a decade later, the shooter from Valve is one of the most important video games in history and one of the kings in the esports ecosystem. Despite the strange situation that CS:GO is experiencing in USA, the shooter It is going through its best moment worldwide in all aspects.

the scene of Counter-Strike was born in 1999 as mod of half life and inspired by Quake shooter published by id Software three years earlier. Months later, Valve bought the video game of what is, today, one of the most renowned video games in the ecosystem. Before the Global Offensive, titles arrived What Condition Zero or Sourceshooters of transition that have not counted on the importance and journey of the birthday boy. Currently, CS:GO can boast of a huge mass of fans, players and viewers worldwide despite all the competitors that have emerged over the years.

It could be said that the tenth anniversary is celebrated in a bittersweet way. CS:GO fans waited during this special week for the arrival of the Source 2a video game engine released by Valve that would improve, a priori, the graphic aspect and the performance within the video game. However, the latest update has modified other more “common” aspects. Also, rumors go away Source 2 that have been emerging in recent months. Celebrating the decade with this release would have been a before and after for the video game, but it seems that we will have to wait a little longer to have the much-desired engine.

The great state of health of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Going away from the rumours, sorry to be so subjective, 10 years of CS:GO have been fantastic. We could mention the innumerable stories that have emerged during these 3,652 days both on the scene amateur as in competitive. The plays that ended up becoming graffiti, the best skins, clips viral or exciting and sad stories. Since HLTV, One of the great responsible for the success of the shooter and considered the bible of CS:GO, they have been publishing reports summarizing the most remarkable moments year after year of this decade. It has been possible to enjoy f0rest, device, s1mple, pashaBiceps, coldzera and olofmeister, among others, and historical pavilions such as the Lanxess Arena or the Spodek.

Katowice 2022
Katowice 2022 / Via ESL

The video game has surpassed during this week the million concurrent players thanks to the last update in which, among other things, they gave you a cake celebrating the birthday. CS:GO fans are loyal to the game despite the problems they may encounter related to cheatsyoumurfs, aspects that are trying to improve. The number of players is maintained and the number of spectators in the competitive scene increases. The two last Majors have exceeded two million viewers and events like IEM Colonia 2022 brought together 1.25M viewers. It should be noted that this year there will be a Major in Rio de Janeiro and everything indicates that some record will be broken.

CS:GO remains the quintessential competitive FPS. In addition to having the figures of spectators mentioned, the scene has a continuous exciting and professionalized circuit. It still has two Majors per year with a prize pool of 1M dollars. There is also the circuit BLAST Premierethe tournaments organized by ESL and many others that appear every year to become traditional. The economic prizes go up and, according to CS:GO, in the last 12 months the stickers have generated more than 70 million dollars to organizations and teams. The skins Y stickers they are a pillar of the video game thanks to their transactions and there are items with an amazing price, long before they became fashionable NFT’s.

The situation of CS:GO in USA

During all these years the USAscene has had numerous competitions, teams and players that generated an interesting CS:GO ecosystem in USA. The arrival of VALORANT two years ago caused a consensual fright from the USAorganizations to the new scenario. A large part of the players, amateurs and professionals on the national scene disappeared. Despite the “bad health” reported by the shooter of Valve In our country, USA has more representation than ever at the highest level.

VIA ESL

Movistar Riders is currently in the Top 6 of HLTV, has played a Major and has reached the semifinals of ESL Pro League and IEM Cologne. The riders have been making history for a year and reaching events that before, when there were so many teams in our country, seemed unimaginable. This has caused SunPayus has signed for ENCEone of the best teams in the world and partner of ESL. Although many tournaments have disappeared, we still have the ESL Masters, Iberian tournament that gives access to the ESL Pro League Conference. Highlighting more protagonists, we have fabulous castersprograms and streamers with significant national support trying to uplift the community.

It is evident that during these ten years there have been ups and downs in the video game and in the competitive scene, but the current situation is very positive. Continuous patches have been released modifying weapons and maps, we have enjoyed operations with missions, new characters have arrived and skinspatches and stickers. We could publish more than a thousand articles highlighting unforgettable moments from these ten years, but we have enjoyed so many stories that we would not know where to start. Furthermore, these ten years is only the beginning, because Counter-Strike: Global Offensive It has a rope for a while. For all this, and for what awaits us, congratulations, CS:GO!

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