It’s 2022 and Counter Strike: GO is still hot

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It’s 2022, and you’d think that with the plethora of amazing online games that have come out in recent years, older titles like Counter Strike: GO might have fallen by the wayside. Released in August 2012 – that’s almost ten years ago, my friends – Counter Strike: GO immediately resonated with fans and quickly became one of the most popular eSports games on the planet. . And that really hasn’t changed, although other titles have risen to prominence, before falling back into reality. Counter Strike: GO seems to have an invincibility power though!

Reading the comments on Reddit, it became very apparent that if you want to excel at first-person shooters, Counter Strike: GO is the best option to teach the varied skills needed to be competitive in almost any other game. . Here is a particularly revealing comment from zitanspit99 on Reddit:

“Besides that, if you like FPS games and want to improve in general, CSGO is your ticket. I was a CSGO player for 3 years and became significantly better after playing. This game will teach you the angle hold, pre-shot, pre-face and will make you more comfortable with headshots, while also improving your aiming mechanics I now play Escape from Tarkov exclusively and can earn a good part of the fights I’m in thanks to the knowledge I learned from CSGO.

Here, the poster credits this historic game as the key to his development as a player. As noted, Counter Strike has helped in various key aspects of being good at a first-person shooter, and that has translated into other games and titles. But there’s something else that keeps Counter Strike relevant almost a decade later, and that’s due to the growth of esports and people betting on CS:GO. The popularity of Counter Strike tournaments translates into many bets on the games themselves. And the prize pools for players are huge. The bigger the prize pools, the more impressive the tournament, the greater the winning potential for those betting as spectators. On the website, the number of competitions planned for 2022 is absolutely breathtaking.

The PGL Major Antwerp tournament has just ended with a prize pool of 1,000,000.00! IEM Dallas 2022 has just started and has a prize pool of 250,000.00. In fact, there are tournaments running every month from now until the end of the year, with the entire 2022 season offering over $4.5 million in prize money. If that doesn’t keep a game on top of the heap, I don’t know what will.

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But back to those good old forums. We know why the game is so popular, between the huge eSports team and the ability to learn a lot of key skills, but what attracts new players? It seems to most reviewers it’s the ease of entry.

Although I would say that most first person shooters are quite accessible, from someone who has played Counter: Strike GO in the past, it is more accessible than other games. Even the online matchmaking is very balanced, keeping new players with new players and veterans with veterans.

But it’s the way the mechanics are taught to you, the way you can adapt to more complex situations, that makes this such an accessible game. And as the gold standard for an online game – you can’t deny the success of decade-old titles that are still relevant – it’s recommended as a must-play for those new to the space shooter first-hand. nobody.

Other games were a flash in the pan and actually eclipsed Counter Strike: GO in player count and prize money. But they don’t have the legs of Counter Strike, or the ability to keep something so old, so relevant. The team behind the game continues to make necessary updates and is always looking to make improvements to improve the experience. That being said, this is often a pure example of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.


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Adam Roffel has only been writing about video games for a short time, but honed his skills by earning a master’s degree. He loves Nintendo and almost everything they’ve released…even Tomodachi Life.

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