CS:GO sets new records

During the DreamHack Winter weekend, Counter Strike: Global Offensive has set new records in every aspect of the game, from having over 145,000 viewers to seeing over 93 thousand concurrent players in-game.

The dust is settling from the biggest tournament in Counter Strike history, and it's worth looking back at a few records the tournament has set.

We saw record number of concurrent in-game players broken a few times in November before the big event, but now coupled with the Steam Autumn sale that brought up to 75% discount to CS:GO's price, as well as community-funded DH Winter that gave the game extra attention, the number skyrocketed to 93,905 on Saturday.

Not only that, but it kept going for the past two days, seeing a peak of over 90 thousand players both on Sunday, and today.

The amount of viewers also outmatched all previous numbers by far, as we saw Saturday attract a record-breaking 145,294 spectators during the third map of the final. That number included people watching through the official GOTV and through all Twitch.tv streams connected to that GOTV.

Saturday's matches set new viewership records in CS:GO

Mostly responsible for the big surge in numbers was obviously Valve's involvement, as they firstly put up the $250,000 prize purse, and then helped run the tournament and made it easily accessible for viewing in-game.

Future plans of the Seattle-based company are unknown, but with their hands-on approach for CS:GO's biggest event so far producing great results, it is fair to assume this won't be the last and only time that happens.

2013-12-02 19:52
really nice@@@
2013-12-02 19:53
2013-12-02 19:53
Amazing numbers, lets hope some more big tournaments pick csgo up
2013-12-02 19:53
Finland FRGVN
2013-12-02 19:54
World breezy0
gut numbers~~~
2013-12-02 19:54
Our time is now!
2013-12-02 19:54
had friends buying the game after DHW aswell, sick stuff! GO4CSGO!
2013-12-02 19:54
me too!
2013-12-03 01:31
2013-12-03 03:04
Israel selukvey
Yeah , alot of my friends bought csgo for 3$
2013-12-03 13:24
2013-12-02 19:54
Fuck my luck! I didnt got a single case =((
2013-12-03 04:19
ur not alone at least
2013-12-03 16:39
Wuhuu, now the hype is up! Just do proper anti-cheat to KEEP the hype up!
2013-12-02 19:55
2013-12-02 19:56
Give any game you had to buy a 75% discount, lure them with free candy for watching the games (skins) and spread the word of the Big prize money. You will have big numbers. Well played Volvo but let's see if the number of players playing the game stay up without another big tournament in the near future.
2013-12-02 19:57
Its the same when they make this type of updates. 1-2k more of players at MM, 1 week later, 300 players. xD
2013-12-02 20:02
still 33%, not bad
2013-12-02 20:19
2013-12-02 20:22
What makes you think there won't be any big tournaments in future? During last month valve probably almost doubled number of people playing the game, which means tons of money from cases keys, so probably next big tournament will be announced soon.
2013-12-02 20:14
Denmark jjh
lets hope
2013-12-02 20:42
+my words exactly..completely agree with you mate
2013-12-02 21:42
Hey man, no offence. But i honestly don't think any of the professional players or people who are participating in SUCH tournaments are going to agree with you. It's not just about the game numbers mate, in the end its them competing for the prize pool not us. I really don't get it, if such a big event happened why can't you be just fucking supportive if somebody is trying to initiate something. If you can help out and sponsor the next dreamhack instead of valve and attract the same amount of visitors then you have all the right to complain. But as of right now, i'm pretty sure half of the community doesn't really give a shit about your opponent. I know it's a marketing strategy for valve, but lets get real, it's what is feeding the CS:GO community. In turn the money, well some part of it, is coming back to the players who compete for it. I hope you get my point and don't comeback at me for being an indian. Cheers.
2013-12-02 23:12
Sweden BenneDoT
*reads post* *looks at name* "must be trolling..."
2013-12-02 23:37
or u mean lure kids to cod with 1mil tournaments? i think thats the biggest candy out there
2013-12-03 10:13
inb4 antix
2013-12-02 19:58
8.2M on LoL
2013-12-02 19:58
2013-12-02 20:02
That's about as relevant as mentioning Justin bieber's fanbase in a discussion about actual good musicians, like dream theater
2013-12-02 20:08
dream theater = milk-and-water atm But true for you
2013-12-02 20:18
2013-12-02 22:11
2013-12-03 17:31
If the you rate products by popularity Justin Bieber is the best artist, mcdonalds is the best food and one direction the best band doesn't mean it's good or even close to right
2013-12-02 20:42
2013-12-03 13:04
if you rate products by popularity. then real madrid is the best club in the world and they didn't win a single champions league title in a decade!
2013-12-02 20:59
that analogy.. so wrong lol
2013-12-02 21:20
hitler had many followers aswell,did that make him a good person?
2013-12-02 21:52
2013-12-03 03:48
Netherlands JUNG13
no, League Of Legends.
2013-12-03 09:43
I see what you did there :D
2013-12-03 10:10
2013-12-04 03:09
lol is retarded game as most people
2013-12-03 09:05
yes, the whole 40M LoL community is retarded, but we here, the +/- 200k csgo community, are the absolute elite right ?
2013-12-06 13:39
2013-12-06 23:48
your anwser just proved that
2013-12-07 11:34
good job all!
2013-12-02 19:59
Does anyone know if some Chinese/other streaming sites were showing the game?
2013-12-02 20:00
Swedish TV6 streamed it on tv6play.se with vuggo and threat as commentators so the viewer number were probably over 150k
2013-12-02 21:19
Is there anywhere you can see the reply of that?
2013-12-02 23:58
More threads about the numbers...oh god XD
2013-12-02 20:02
2013-12-02 20:03
2013-12-02 20:03
Good job!!
2013-12-02 20:05
2013-12-02 20:06
sick stuff
2013-12-02 20:07
Must be Dota viewers again.
2013-12-02 20:07
Dreamhack Christmas please!
2013-12-02 20:08
Its alive <3
2013-12-02 20:10
CSGO deaded game by end of 2013. Oh... Wait... Greetings to all the haters that bashed the game and wanted to bet it will be dead by now.
2013-12-02 20:15
deaded :D
2013-12-03 09:03
2013-12-03 09:49
2013-12-02 20:11
I'm zahitaM and I approve this deaded game
2013-12-02 20:13
past couple days i've played, seen a lot of newbies playing really good to see!
2013-12-02 20:14
Amazing, and a big f... you to the "cs:go is dead" fags.
2013-12-02 20:14
who won the cspromod tournament?
2013-12-02 20:16
2013-12-02 20:20
Bot Shawn
2013-12-02 20:23
2013-12-02 21:20
Team September(TM)
2013-12-02 21:18
great to see that the game has a lot of potential! i just hope valve plays all the cards right and maybe we can finally merge every CS community into CS:GO. that alone would be a huge achievement, not to mention adding more new players!
2013-12-02 20:18
Skin beggars. The number of players will fall back to the normal until the end of this week.
2013-12-02 20:19
you wish m8
2013-12-02 20:21
It's already happening
2013-12-02 20:24
you wish m8
2013-12-02 20:31
2013-12-02 20:43
the -75% also helped in boosting the number, you can't disagree with that (Not here to bash GO)
2013-12-03 09:05
Of course it did. That was the point of the sale.
2013-12-03 09:43
If it's only until the end of the week, it's alright ^^.
2013-12-02 23:13
Yeah, them "skin beggars" are still here 2 days after the skins stopped dropping. Fantastic logic.
2013-12-02 23:56
Hope CSGO can be better and better.
2013-12-02 20:21
1.6 !
2013-12-02 20:21
yes, was great now DEAD. stop living in history
2013-12-02 20:26
cs go is dead in portugal aswell,everything deaded
2013-12-02 21:54
great news, cs <3
2013-12-02 20:24
gz CS:GO
2013-12-02 20:26
70K CHEaters :P
2013-12-02 20:27
2013-12-02 20:29
2013-12-02 20:30
fps is back !
2013-12-02 20:32
i.imgur.com/SkjZzst.png 82k players atm not bad
2013-12-02 20:39
Netherlands Nieroth
Awesome numbers for an awesome game.
2013-12-02 20:41
Has someone realized that 1.6 and Source onlines didn't change? So where are these new players from?
2013-12-02 20:46
GO attracts a lot of the CoD and BF kids, since GO has tons of things based on these games. Even more after the skins update, anve EVEN more with all these drops. Skins = CS:GO redemption
2013-12-02 20:50
So we actually will have a huge online drop after these kids get destroyed by experienced players with dozens thousands hours of CS behind?
2013-12-02 20:59
Sure, a lot of COD/BF players are casual. They change game when a new version arrives. However, some of them might stick around if they enjoy CS:GO. It won't be all of them but the game will still grow. I'm not sure if cheating is an issue in those types of games, but in CS:GO I've seen it quite often. Let's hope that doesn't discourage anyone and that appropiate anti-cheating measures are coming soon.
2013-12-02 21:20
just 1000 of them stay and 500 go semi pro wannabe, we may have 500/5= 100 teams ... but thats not possible so lets say 20 teams ... 20 new semi pro teams ... its great for me
2013-12-02 23:00
I do think it's good. The game is still new so it has room to grow. If they keep updating and making these kind of events it will get bigger and bigger for sure.
2013-12-02 23:42
Brazil dkf
What exactly on GO is based on CoD and BF?
2013-12-03 05:26
The 'polluted' gray maps, the recoils, the game pace, and the player movementation. All these aspects changed from 1.6 and CSS, into a much more CoD and BF alike experience. Unfortunatelly, every single new FPS is being based on CoD and BF. I can't blame the producers though, since these games made tons of money, so people seem to like them. I just not one of the fans.
2013-12-03 08:50
recoils??? have you ever played cod4? with non existent recoil ak's?
2013-12-03 09:12
There is no recoil in CoD or BF. The game pace? What, are you comparing CoD and BF gamepace where you respawn to CS or even saying it's alike? Player movement? In both BF and CoD it feels like you're moving a truck around when you move and not a player. No it's not alike. The grey maps? Last time I played CoD all the maps weren't lacking colours.
2013-12-03 09:46
Brazil dkf
Thanks for proving my point.
2013-12-03 16:02
awesome! Hope CS:GO last as long as 1.6 ;)
2013-12-02 20:48
Denmark jjh
2013-12-02 20:49
Im waiting for DH 2014 :D
2013-12-02 20:50
WHATS UP NOW zaihtaM WOAAAAW!!!!!!!!!!!
2013-12-02 20:53
>> Not only that, but it kept going for the past two days, seeing a peak of over 90 thousand players both on Sunday, and today. Just everyone trading DH packages, not really playing CS
2013-12-02 20:55
Dont have to be ingame to trade... Nt.
2013-12-03 03:47
130K were waiting for dota2! bahah :p
2013-12-02 20:55
I didn't wait for dota2! bahahah
2013-12-03 09:05
This was the best, production wise, tournament in CS history. Everything was nearly perfect
2013-12-02 20:57
Sorry but ESL production was better. My opinion about DH13 stream production: - weak crosshair settings (should be with outline, max alpha and better colour), - lack of two small screens with camera on players while streaming game screen, - lack of BO3 score UI picture on game screen, - lack of music panel info, - sound quality problems etc., - cameraman fails, + great replays, + awesome full screen from cameras on players, + nice pictures with upcoming matches was great.
2013-12-02 21:10
+1, hope EMS will get prize pool boost next.
2013-12-02 21:21
Hope for Intel Extreme Masters, it was the best CS 1.6 tournament with really good location.
2013-12-02 21:23
Yeah, you're right. Production quality of ESL was much better, but even thou you cannot compare those two tournaments because of significance of DHW. I'm so looking forward to see IEM.
2013-12-03 09:52
yeah but DH is a bigger event, its harder to not have mistakes.
2013-12-02 22:09
These points which I mentioned are really easy to do, so I think it was more about laziness or lack of knowledge. About sound problems etc. yes it was because of size of the event.
2013-12-03 12:34
dont forget the lagless streaming... havent lagged a bit even in source level not just high .... quality upload forsure
2013-12-02 23:01
I had no lag on source quality for 3 days, so your connection to this twitch channel was unstable.
2013-12-03 12:35
read again mate ... i said the same exact thing ....
2013-12-03 13:02
Fcuk wrong reply, sorry :P
2013-12-03 13:09
2013-12-02 20:59
selling 139,000 cs:go accounts, my system cant handle them all opened at once watching gotv/stream
2013-12-02 20:59
Yeah man, people still have multiple GO accounts open 2 days after the event has ended.
2013-12-02 21:24
He is not very intelectually developed, give him a rest.
2013-12-02 22:37
500k$ championship on next event confirmed.
2013-12-02 21:01
Great! I have a question: When someone had opened few streams with the same match going on then he was like '1 viewer' or 'few viewers' for this match? Btw. I know that this number is 'stream viewers + gotv viewers'.
2013-12-02 21:01
1 viewer...
2013-12-03 09:13
2013-12-02 21:21
Hopefully fps will catch up to these gay moba's some day.
2013-12-02 21:24
this event, especially the NiP vs VG game made me like CSGO. I hope iem picks this game up.
2013-12-02 21:26
I enjoyed the event and it shows in the numbers. Somehow it revived that 1.6 feeling I had when following tournaments. The production had some great features like the expert analysis done by Thorin before the match. Showing previous matches from teams and giving some background info helped in building the atmosphere for an intense match. Having play-by-play casters with an analyst made it more professional. Of course, having 100k for 1st place also makes it more exciting. Not everything was perfect though. Starting on a thursday was a bummer for me. There were some problems with audio when switching cameras and a couple of details here and there that can improve. Overall, great event. Let's hope for the next one which I'm sure will have an even bigger production.
2013-12-02 21:27
hope for IEM my favourite tournament
2013-12-02 21:37
I don't even play CS:GO and I enjoyed this event very much. Great casters, great games, ok production. Even my gf watched the games and was messaging me about how amazing it was.
2013-12-02 21:44
Hungary lemusz
Nice tournament, nice marketing, nice audience.
2013-12-02 21:46
now which game wanna fuck with us? :DD
2013-12-02 22:02
because everyone had stream + gotv ON to get some item - double chance!
2013-12-02 22:03
If you linked your stream to your steam, you'd still only count as one viewer.
2013-12-02 22:08
not really lol
2013-12-02 22:10
2013-12-02 22:24
only counts as 1 viewer bro, you mad butthurt?
2013-12-02 22:40
Hong Kong SHiFT^up
I only had both streams on, and I managed to get 6 packages. (lol)
2013-12-02 23:06
No. You still only counted as 1 viewer and your chances to get a drop didn't increase.
2013-12-03 09:48
2013-12-02 22:09
haters gonna hate and yet we are still growing haha
2013-12-02 22:15
gogo IEM csgo
2013-12-02 22:47
Sweden BenneDoT
145,294 + all the unofficial streams and +TV6 swedish stream + the mobile viewers...i don't know where i'm going with this....
2013-12-02 23:03
Hong Kong SHiFT^up
Mobile viewers using Twitch are obviously counted into total viewers on Twitch...which are counted in total viewers with GOTV...nice try.
2013-12-02 23:07
Sweden BenneDoT
nah, the un-official stream apps do not count
2013-12-02 23:08
Hong Kong SHiFT^up
Unofficial stream apps? Which ones are those? I'm guessing they're more local Swedish streams as I don't see how DH would let their stuff be streamed otherwise
2013-12-02 23:20
Like Twitch APP for Iphone/Ipad/android? It sure does count because I got drops from it.
2013-12-03 11:21
Valve's involvement, as they firstly put up the $250,000 prize purse, and then helped run the tournament and made it easily accessible for viewing in-game. FIX THIS, THE COMMUNITY CONTRUBUTED MOST OF THE $250K
2013-12-02 23:06
Quite sure the community contributed way more than 250k, including like 75% of it that went to Valve's pocket.
2013-12-02 23:34
How do you know it's gone into their pocket and not into a future tournament ?
2013-12-03 03:36
Because they are company trying to make profit. Even if they would give all the money they've got from esport keys, safe assumption is that over half of openeded cases weren't esport so... 75% seems legit.
2013-12-03 09:56
That's because they said so themselves, just as with the Dota2 items. There's a percentage of it that goes into future tournaments, the majority goes into their pocket. Here's an example of proof: counterstrike.wikia.com/wiki/ESports_201.. "A portion of profit will be given to the Counter-Strike eSports community." blog.counter-strike.net/index.php/2013/0.. "A portion of the proceeds from sales of eSports Case Keys will go towards prize purses at CS:GO community competitive events." Need more?
2013-12-03 11:41
I was only asking a question because I didn't know, I wasn't trying to flame you or disagree with you.
2013-12-03 17:27
You misunderstood what I meant by "need more", I was asking a genuine question if you needed better sources. Sorry, it must have came out harsher than I thought it would be at the time.
2013-12-04 08:22
its cool bro :)
2013-12-04 09:02
Thank you baby Jesus!
2013-12-02 23:06
"Games dead" - HLTV.org everyday of every year.
2013-12-02 23:27
Intel Extreme Masters?:D
2013-12-02 23:37
RedEye already said they are working to make it happen.
2013-12-03 03:37
exciting times !
2013-12-03 08:49
Algeria SHeTaN
and a new record of cheater
2013-12-02 23:41
2013-12-03 00:32
CS 1.6 is still bigger. And CSPromod is even bigger. Suck it, CS:GO!
2013-12-03 00:40
lol :) I'm so glad that if you compare to year ago such posts are nothing but funny :D
2013-12-03 09:56
cs go is a fun game that I enjoy playing
2013-12-03 00:42
i notice more cheaters, yes, but thats normal. most of them occur at about 22:00-later i think. everytime i am asked to overwatch, i do! and so should every other more or less experienced player and we will suddenly have it a little more clean again. once they discount is gone and the accounts are banned, its back to normal.
2013-12-03 01:26
True. If you are whining about cheaters and not doing any Overwatch then stfu.
2013-12-03 04:07
Yeah, I also overwatch every day. I'm glad for all those hackers, easy money for Valve to make game even bigger. Case review of post DHW hackers takes more or less one minute: * Demo starts * suspect gets 20 negev headshots in warmup * shift +f2 -> fast forward * submit verdict
2013-12-03 09:59
2013-12-03 01:20
i think if valve paid somefamous lol streamer to play csgo & kinda adverts while they are waiting the queue ( like dyrus or froggen did ) i think they will increase the number of player
2013-12-03 01:34
WOOOOOO Csgo finally starting to take off! (at the same time as some developer attention and help.. who would have thought it?)
2013-12-03 01:45
Can't wait to see more major events like DHW. Teams need to prove themselves just like fnatic did days ago, and NiP needs to reclaim their No.1 position and dominates the scene again.
2013-12-03 02:10
yeah it would be REALLY good if one team is dominating the whole scene....
2013-12-03 07:52
thats awesome ))
2013-12-03 03:46
new record of cheaters in MM since 50%
2013-12-03 04:06
If the MLG picks up GO I think there's hope it can improve even further, the gameplay changes are a priority though.
2013-12-03 05:11
MLG don't pick up games they have developers pay them loads of money to host tournaments Look at Activsion
2013-12-03 09:51
who knows, sadly every single casual nerd in NA thinks the MLG is the best thing that ever happened to eSports.
2013-12-03 17:57
It would be more fun if an old school brand did a comebackimagine if CPL made a came back that would be awesome and bring a lot of hype
2013-12-03 21:40
yeah maybe.
2013-12-04 03:04
Yeah ... number of ppl hoping to get drops !
2013-12-03 10:14
+ On twitch chat i only see "cmon give me drop"
2013-12-03 13:28
who care
2013-12-03 10:57
go cs go :)
2013-12-03 11:27
GO never happened here amd prob wont,even if valve make f2p forever,it wont grow here...sad but true :[ people playing so much LoL this days
2013-12-03 12:18
new record of cheaters and hackers!
2013-12-03 13:00
cu in IEM
2013-12-03 13:45
Very sad day for all lovers of true counter-strike :(
2013-12-03 14:37
Germany tummi
very nice! thx to valve for implementing the "watch-feature"!! great addition imo, especially for tournaments!
2013-12-03 14:40
stills low comparing with 1.6's numbers...
2013-12-03 17:08
2013-12-03 17:09
Anyone else remember the 1.6-tryhards one year ago? In your face fuckers.
2013-12-03 17:30
lol, 1.6 was much bigger and it didn't have ANY support from Valve. #Butthurt
2013-12-03 18:00
1.6 never had the prize pool nor the viewership that DHW 2013 was able to achieve.
2013-12-03 18:41
LOL'd 1.6 had more viewers and more people playing it. What about the price pool? CSS had one tournament with more money than this and everybody knows CSS was a joke. Also 1.6 was alive and on top shape for a decade, GO wouldn't last a week if Valve wasn't pushing money to make it relevant. Imagine what Riot or Blizzard would have done with 1.6 back in the day.
2013-12-03 19:09
1.6 never had 145,000 viewers, or even close to it. 1.6 never had 250,000 dollar prize pool. CS:GO lasted a year before it was announced that Valve was collaborating with DHW (that's over 52 weeks). Yes, if 1.6 had the backing of its developers like Riot and Blizzard do for their games, 1.6 could have surpassed the numbers CS:GO saw for DHW 2013. Don't get me wrong. I love 1.6. I've been a fan of the professional scene ever since that epic match between X3 and NiP in 2001 on nuke. I've continued to watch tournaments even though I stopped playing like ten years ago. But CS:GO has my full support and I'm glad that it's doing well.
2013-12-03 19:20
idiot saucer detected
2013-12-03 20:48
"1.6 had more viewers" any source for this?
2013-12-05 21:03
IEM V had 75k+ viewers on streams, that was when SC2 was getting 120k on its majors. also it was on euro time, which is obviously a crappy time for people from the american continent (especially for southamericans like myself) and no HLTV IPs were available. I believe another positive aspect was how many downloads some demos got, I remember one from NEo got like 100k on one week.
2013-12-06 03:03
Yes, but have you any idea what an actual source is? I could say that Curling is the most watched sport on the planet, but is that true? nope.
2013-12-06 11:49
what are you trying to get by saying this? seems like you are angry
2013-12-04 03:12
If you don't understand what I'm trying to say, I can't help you. The problem is your side.
2013-12-05 21:03
2.75€ game more than 50% cheating at matchmaking!!! yeah congratz .l. rofl
2013-12-03 18:17
just love da game=)))cs go<3
2013-12-03 19:02
Fun thing to know is that a concurrent user amount of 100,000 viewers might come out as far as numbers of 1,000,000 million unique viewers. On this page a video of DreamHack Winter's Ohlén where he states they will publish the final numbers some day soon: ongamers.com/articles/over-2-million-tun..
2013-12-03 22:57
Spain sNirFle
yuck give me the Valve ... each passing day even more! with the fucking money you take with boxes and spectators fucking money should invest in an anti-cheat, because day after day there are more cheats at csgo ... the LOL if they know the work for its USERS and not Valve ... give me shame that only cares about money and not the welfare of the USERS
2013-12-04 00:05
Valve should put a good anticheat and optimizate cs go for a lots of pc and you will have a lots of players
2013-12-05 04:31
If the decied to improve movement (CS 1.6 style, bh, crounch jump) this game will be legendarny
2013-12-06 20:19
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