Blog: CS:GO Players per Country

Jooooooni
June 5th, 2016 22:01

or: How I spent my sunday afternoon


After reading a comment today which mentioned the country with the most CS:GO players being Russia, I had to laugh. Coming from Austria i naturally have the best ping to the EU-East servers located in Vienna. Due to this circumstance I can confirm that there are A LOT of russians playing this game. But I wanted to dig deeper and find out what the actual numbers were, out of simple curiosity - and my obsession with statistics.

I started ingame and wanted to see if there were any graphics or other stuff helping me but unfortunately it was only a dead end. The only 'useful' statistic I was able to get was the number of accounts online during the last month.
CS:GO players last month ingame


Quick Googling - Thank Mr.Google - got me back on track. I found SteamSpy and on it statistics for this latest iteration of Counter-Strike ( http://steamspy.com/app/730).
CS:GO players last 2 weeks


Interestingly, SteamSpy only uses stats for players of the last two weeks, so it varied from the ingame number for a month. After not being able to get all the graphics I had to make an account, have fun with an E-Mail adress I do not check, and finally reached my goal. Or so I thought.
CS:GO ownership per country Top 29+ other

CS:GO players per country Top 29+other


The general trend featured here is that a lot of western countries like the USA and Germany have a bigger share of overall Accounts that possess CS but: Those are accounts which lie dead in the dirt. Smurfes not touched for a longer period of time. Countries like Turkey on the other hand have an overall lower share of accounts with CS:GO in the Library but those accounts are used more.

As mentioned above I love statistics, one of the reasons reddit will never be as good as HLTV, and wanted to see how many actual players were those percentage numbers. To start my calculations i took roughly the middle of the accounts used in the last two weeks from SteamSpy and the ingame number from Valve and came to nine million players. The website 'only' lists the Top 29 Nations which have users playing CS:GO, the rest being featured in other.

From there on i broke the numbers down per country. It is true, there are over one million russians playing CS:GO on a regular basis and they are the biggest group out of one country, followed by the USA. Roughly half of russian active users count for the nation with the third highest playercount: Poland. Followed by Germany and with a little gap Brazil.

But the nerd in me was not satisfied yet. I looked up the populations of all countries featured in this list and through my advanced skills in mathematics ( Kappa) I was able to see just how many percent of the population play CS:GO on a regular basis. Not really surprisingly the swedes lead with a staggering 3% of the population playing CS:GO in the last few weeks. Their southern neighbours of Denmark follow by a margin of 0,67 % and are the second highest ranked country of CS:GO players per capita. The bronze medal goes to norway with 2,1 % of the population playing. Bear in mind that this still means that one out of fifty plays CS there. Finland just comes short of the 2 % by 2 permille. The full results can be found in this last picture.
statistics


Lastly i want to thank YOU for reading. I hope you find it as interesting as I do and did making this blog.
Have a good evening.

Edit as of 12:10 on Monday: Seems like the only one that can view these pics enlargened is me so there you go:

SteamSpy on: Audience in 2 weeks
http://static.hltv.org/images/galleries/8110-full/1465143800.9341.jpeg

SteamSpy on: Geography of the Accounts by Copies owned
http://static.hltv.org/images/galleries/8110-full/1465143773.8994.jpeg

SteamSpy on: Geography of the Accounts by usage in the last 2 weeks
http://static.hltv.org/images/galleries/8110-full/1465143775.4989.jpeg

My OpenOffice calculations regarding total player numbers and % of the population playing
http://static.hltv.org/images/galleries/8110-full/1465157278.7094.jpeg
#1
sodaH | 
Palestine CrackiRZA 
Lastly i want to thank YOU for posting this
2016-06-05 22:33
#3
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Austria Jooooooni 
lul :D
2016-06-05 22:34
Spain takes over comment section #2
2016-06-05 22:33
#4
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Finland Fherrera 
nice read
2016-06-05 22:34
#5
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Austria Jooooooni 
thank you :)
2016-06-05 22:35
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HUNDEN | 
Bangladesh ToRu 
nice
2016-06-05 22:35
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roman | 
Palestine ndr[o] 
germany produces no top players anymore :(
2016-06-05 22:35
x22 top player
2016-06-05 22:42
#20
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Austria Jooooooni 
rip smn :^)
2016-06-05 22:44
n1
2016-06-05 22:36
Brazil best
2016-06-05 22:36
good work man
2016-06-05 22:36
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Austria Jooooooni 
thank you :D
2016-06-05 22:37
THANK YOU, FINALLY A BLOG TO READ, I'VE BEEN SO SAD W/O BLOGS TO READ :C
2016-06-05 22:38
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Austria Jooooooni 
thank you, weird austrian flag :P
2016-06-05 22:53
;D
2016-06-06 12:34
This is why more players from USA gets vacced, because of more players. Duh
2016-06-05 22:38
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Austria Jooooooni 
i just think it's intersting to see the big gap of accounts owning cs and the % of actual acc being used
2016-06-05 22:40
Canada is smaller than I expected
2016-06-05 22:41
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Austria Jooooooni 
well if you compare it to turkey it's rather big, considering turkey has nearly 80 million inhabitants. that's why i wanted to see how many ppl are playing in a country. if you compare those canada is standing quite tall ;-)
2016-06-05 22:43
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BASiC | 
Macedonia Gombos_N 
most of players in CSGO are faggots, they are inspecting weapon more than they are playing the fucking game. thats why i disrespect them.
2016-06-05 22:42
Great blog, thanks. It was a pleasure to read. ("bronce" is a typo, please fix)
2016-06-05 22:44
#21
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Austria Jooooooni 
thx, lul if you read your own stuff often enough you come to think it's correct ^^
2016-06-05 22:46
nice
2016-06-05 22:46
#23
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Austria Jooooooni 
thx third biggest cs community ;-)
2016-06-05 22:47
Cant make pics bigger. Tldr top 3 pls
2016-06-06 12:03
#28
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Austria Jooooooni 
static.hltv.org/images/galleries/8110-fu.. works this? Edit: rip london :^)
2016-06-06 12:05
Tyvm!
2016-06-06 12:06
noice blog m9
2016-06-06 06:53
#31
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Austria Jooooooni 
Thank Mr. Shrekylove
2016-06-06 12:12
nice
2016-06-06 12:00
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Finland Tekh 
n1
2016-06-06 12:12
Nice math ty
2016-06-06 16:56
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Austria Jooooooni 
was really hard ;-)
2016-06-07 10:49
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GuardiaN | 
World Darge 
GGWP
2016-06-07 03:19
Good read (Vienna best city EU)
2016-06-09 12:53
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Austria Jooooooni 
Vienna topkek Ibk <3
2016-06-09 13:54
Very nice, can you keep it updated please ?
2017-03-09 07:27
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Slovakia ypsylonnn 
Coming from austria i have the best ping to eu east located servers in Vienna. Did u mean west servers? Cuz i doubt East servers would be created in Vienna
2017-03-09 07:37
It is true. EU East servers are in Vienna :D stupid, right?
2017-06-29 20:48
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Netherlands watso 
Jooooni! First off, great post. It has been over a year now and I was wondering if the percentages per country would still be the same? I was surprised to see that the Netherlands was still as active as you say we are. Unfortunately our scene is quite dead and would like to see this change but ow well.
2017-08-09 11:37
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