For years, CS:GO was a game without any real competition on the market. However, when Valorant came out a lot of sceptics thought CS:GO will die soon. Now, that Valorant has been around for some time, let’s check out what really happened to CS:GO and is it really dying?
Every new game developed by Riot has a huge spike in the first few weeks. Riot had a perfect marketing campaign for Valorant as they encouraged people to watch it on Twitch just to get a beta key. It put the game on the map and a lot of new players couldn’t wait to get that key just to try Valorant. It made them feel special because they could play it while others couldn’t. In reality, all you had to do was to watch any Valorant stream for at least 2 hours and you will eventually get it. So, the key was nothing other than a marketing campaign to trick players into believing they are the chosen ones.
Considering that majority of new Valorant players were old CS:GO veterans it made a huge impact on CS:GO scene. The number of CS:GO players drastically dropped while Valorant’s player database was only growing. At that time, CS:GO was at an all-time peak with more than 1 million players. With the release of Valorant, the number of active players dropped to 800k which was a significant loss. Valve knew they had to change something and they did. Updates became more frequent and a lot of new features were added to the game. Thus CS:GO became a better game and players decided to return. All in all, a little competition was exactly what CS:GO needed to become a great game once again.
Number of Active Players
With all the improvements CS:GO made a lot of players came back. Not only that old players are returning to CS:GO but new ones are coming too. The numbers speak for themselves. CS:GO had a peak of more than 1 million players in the last four consecutive months. It is the highest number of active players since the release of this game. With that in mind, we can conclude that this game is not dying, just the opposite, it is better than ever.
What to Expect from The Future
If the trend continues we can expect CS:GO only to grow. Even though the game itself is complete, there is still room for some improvements. We can probably expect official 128-tick servers and a better VAC system. In addition to that, operations should be more frequent so we don’t have to wait for 2 years just to get a new operation. There are some speculations that Source 2 could be released by the end of 2021 which will bring better performance, better graphics and smoother gameplay. Dota 2 is already powered by Source 2 engine and it is only a matter of time for CS:GO to do the same.
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