Counter-Strike (CS) is a series of multiplayer FPS (first-person shooter) games published by Valve Corporation. CS was originally a mod for another popular Valve game Half-life. In 2000 Valve acquired both the rights and the developers working on it.
Counter-Strike is an objective-based FPS game. In each match, there are two teams: Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists. Each team has 5 players and different objectives. Terrorists need to plant the bomb on a bomb site and wait until it explodes, winning the round. Counter-Terrorists must defend the bomb sites and defuse the bomb in case it’s planted by Terrorists. While that sounds extremely simple, the game is quite difficult to master.
It’s as basic as FPS games can get, kill your opponents, do the objective and you win. The premise is simple, but not everyone has the skill to fully master the game. A lot of tactical planning and mind-games are involved in trying to outsmart and defeat your opponent.
That is why the current installment of Counter-Strike, Global Offensive, is one of the most popular and highest paid eSport games in the world. You can learn a lot of tricks just from watching professional players play the game on tournaments.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Or for short, CS:GO, is the most popular FPS game on both Steam and PC in general. All-time peak for the number of players online at the same time is a whopping 850,485. This comes as no surprise since the introduction of weapon skins to CS:GO. It was the most popular skin-trading game in the world for a while, with some of the skins valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game that has a widespread fan base and therefore tournaments are organized all over the world. In 2018, a Major Tournament broke a record for most concurrent viewers on the popular streaming platform Twitch.tv. The prize pool for this Major (ELEAGUE Boston 2018) was $1 million. Quarterfinals, semifinals, and grand finals were held at Agganis Arena between January 26 and January 28.
The popularity of CS:GO eSports just shows that gaming as mainstream entertainment is just progressing and becoming more popular not just among the younger audience, but also among adults with no gaming experience, which is always good news for us gamers.