Celebrating 10 years of CS:GO

On August 21 it will be 10 years since the release of CS:GO, and HLTV.org is here to celebrate the big birthday.

Over the next 10 days, HLTV.org will bring you stories about each year that has passed since Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was officially released on August 21, 2012.

We will take you back through the years, starting on Friday with the year 2012 and the uncertain times of the crucial transition from Counter-Strike 1.6 and Source to the successor of one of esports' biggest franchises.

In each article we will delve into the game's extensive history, from Ninjas in Pyjamas' 87-0 streak, the fnatic era, the rise of Brazilian Counter-Strike, to the dominance of Astralis, the online era, and the recent return to normalcy and to the arenas packed full of fans.

On top of our articles on the site, we'll also regularly post additional content on our social media channels, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Whether you're a new fan discovering the vast history of the game for the first time or one that has been there to witness it all, we hope you'll enjoy flicking back through the calendar with us.

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20 years of HLTV.org

Below is the schedule of our countdown to CS:GO's 10th anniversary:

2012 - A successor to the Counter-Strike franchise arrives
2013 - Global Offensive takes off after the first Major
2014 - Global Offensive starts to boom in first multi-Major year
2015 - The year of black-and-orange domination
2016 - The rise of Brazilian Counter-Strike
2017 - The parity era gives way to a new duopoly
2018 - Astralis take over the world
2019 - Liquid challenge Astralis' reign
2020 - Overcoming unprecedented challenges
2021 - A return to normality

Counter-Strike
2022-08-12 13:12
22 replies
#3
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Brazil flytw4tp
10 years ago NiP made history 87-0 in LAN f0rest is the GOAT of CS overall
2022-08-12 13:13
17 replies
#59
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India Faze0089
NEO was and will always be the GOAT of counter Strike.
2022-08-12 14:17
6 replies
Not really, guy was a fucking beast in 1,6 but was never more than average in CSGO. Both f0rest and GTR has more to show combined over the 2 games.
2022-08-12 14:48
1 reply
"Average" is pushing it here, NEO will always be a winner. A lot of people discount him because he wasn't as good individually in CS GO as 1.6 but he still won 7 T1 LAN tournaments with VP during the first 4-5 years of CS GO. People forget that. He has still achieved a lot more in this game than most "star" players and his last T1 tournament win was in 2017.
2022-08-13 01:41
#94
JW | 
Sweden EntonXD
Maybe 1.6, but arguably gtr and f0rest were both better if you count csgo aswell. Imo gtr is the goat of cs.
2022-08-12 15:48
1 reply
#145
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Finland d0udy3160
+1
2022-08-13 01:15
#104
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United States kalimbo
+1 NEO always the goat
2022-08-12 16:19
junior is the actual goat
2022-08-12 21:41
10 years ago the game wasnt even released
2022-08-12 14:26
5 replies
do they teach reading in France? "On August 21 it will be 10 years since the release of CS:GO"
2022-08-12 17:24
4 replies
shit man youre from the future
2022-08-12 18:02
and whats the date today?
2022-08-12 19:19
2 replies
How are you struggling this much? Today is not August 21
2022-08-13 00:38
1 reply
#160
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France Stouti
That's what he said in the beginning and y'all started to bark on him
2022-08-15 11:20
I am a f0rest fan from 2003 but NEO's peak in 1.6 was unbelievable and some kids in here have to experience watching it before judging. NEO peaked when 1.6 was already established and many pros were monsters. He was obviously one level above the rest. Everyone feared him and the fact that he is a stoic and humble guy raised more respect to his name. NEO was a "fear" in 1.6 from the pistol round because noone even now has mastered the glock as NEO had. B-hoping and throwing HS. Forest is NEO's greatest rival. S1mple has passed NEO and f0rest in skills and performances but CSGO has also passed 1.6 in skill abilities and performances.
2022-08-12 22:29
3 replies
#143
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Brazil flytw4tp
??? how s1mple surpassed f0rest and NEO when he's been playing for a high level for like 5 years? f0rest and neo played like a top1 in the world for a decade in 1.6 and f0rest still a beast in CSGO. s1mple might be the GOAT of CSGO but overall f0rest still the best
2022-08-12 22:32
I remember NAVI used to stack 3 outside on nuke and NEO would just pick them apart.
2022-08-13 04:15
1 reply
Amazing. I also remember him few times in Train, facing 1vs4 and everyone in the server was perceiving it as a possible win from the side of NEO. As you mentioned, he was good in splitting opponents plans and stuckings.
2022-08-13 21:09
Gigachad name, respect
2022-08-12 13:20
3 replies
+1 can confirm nice flair
2022-08-12 13:29
1 reply
Thanks man
2022-08-12 15:22
yay cant wait to read
2022-08-12 13:33
I personally do not.
2022-08-12 13:12
Ok let's get some bitches and get laid
2022-08-12 13:12
4 replies
#21
ropz | 
India psn46
+1
2022-08-12 13:18
+2
2022-08-12 14:17
+3
2022-08-12 16:22
+4
2022-08-12 18:13
lets go ..... 10 year anniversary celebration
2022-08-12 13:13
I LOVE COUNTERSTRIKE!!!
2022-08-12 13:13
niceeeeeeeeeeee
2022-08-12 13:13
#8
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Finland Hietsu
Counter-Strike.
2022-08-12 13:13
still no source 2
2022-08-12 13:13
10 replies
new stickers capsule inc hahahaha
2022-08-12 13:14
maybe they are waiting for 10 year anniversary?
2022-08-12 13:16
6 replies
Not this month. Confirmed.
2022-08-12 13:30
5 replies
who
2022-08-12 13:48
3 replies
#50
gla1ve | 
Denmark JKTP
Leakers/dataminers saying it's not close enough yet
2022-08-12 14:02
#57
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Turkey TheKaiser
Valve already contacted some mapmakers so they'll probably release a normal size update in 10th anniversary.
2022-08-12 14:13
#53
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Turkey TheKaiser
Tbh it's still possible as a beta branch but they'll probably release it in October or around the time they released last operation imo.
2022-08-12 14:07
#98
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Finland 5way
in october is the rumour anyway
2022-08-12 15:59
1 reply
holup, just a few more centuries, ain't no big deal))
2022-08-12 17:25
<3
2022-08-12 13:13
Source 3 ??????
2022-08-12 13:14
2 replies
gabe follower on twitter he knows his stuff
2022-08-12 14:10
source 1.1 has to be released for that
2022-08-12 20:17
Counter Strike aka CHESS 2.0 aka best competitive shooter of all time
2022-08-12 13:14
6 replies
Facts. Best 5v5 chess sim out there, no cap.
2022-08-12 14:06
#110
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Poland aiken
You should check out the Starcraft pro matches vods before you call something chess 2.0.
2022-08-12 16:28
4 replies
chess = 2d chess 2.0 = 3d
2022-08-12 16:30
3 replies
#114
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Poland aiken
I don't buy that.
2022-08-12 16:36
2 replies
never heard of a pole buying anything either
2022-08-12 16:42
1 reply
He arent buying it because he is stealing it
2022-08-13 18:22
Csko
2022-08-12 13:14
yes
2022-08-12 13:15
10 years of pain
2022-08-12 13:15
2 replies
#22
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Austria doMK0
lol buddy whatsup?
2022-08-12 13:19
#69
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Latvia laiziolas
Hahahaa
2022-08-12 14:33
GOAT Game
2022-08-12 13:15
bring back half time voice chat for that.
2022-08-12 13:17
4 replies
That would be fun
2022-08-12 13:48
+1
2022-08-12 14:33
Awesome idea
2022-08-12 15:15
#123
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Portugal 7sson
+1
2022-08-12 17:30
very cool it would be nice to have a comprehensive source on csgo history for newcomers seeing how long it already spans (not even counting 1.6)
2022-08-12 13:18
nice
2022-08-12 13:19
More cases please, some boots skins, fake nails, botox and breast implants would be nice addition
2022-08-12 13:20
3 replies
LMAO
2022-08-12 13:47
#86
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Brazil Exfm
Don't forget nade skin
2022-08-12 15:32
1 reply
#132
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Netherlands SpiceNut
Zeus skin ftw
2022-08-12 18:31
Thank mr hltv
2022-08-12 13:21
i just hope for source 2 or, at least, new operation
2022-08-12 13:21
4 replies
New operation + sticker capsule, source 2 will probably have to wait
2022-08-12 13:29
3 replies
A lot of professionals and youtubers know something about source 2 in csgo. So, we probably will get someday
2022-08-12 13:35
2 replies
someday. August of 2122 - Still waiting Source 2. OMEGALUL
2022-08-12 16:25
they are all trolling lol
2022-08-13 14:42
#28
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Norway TheDEA
You guys have lower back pain and a urge to buy philips hue. Time to stop playing games
2022-08-12 13:21
1 reply
Why are you calling me out like this? I will set my lights to a more soothing colour to help with these negative emotions I am now feeling.
2022-08-12 16:42
Nice
2022-08-12 13:22
#30
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Poland Astoner55
That's very cool, thank mr HLTV!
2022-08-12 13:23
nice
2022-08-12 13:25
10 years lezzz gooooooooo
2022-08-12 13:25
#33
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Egypt BomberMan_
Do a top 100 👍
2022-08-12 13:25
#34
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Finland AliSabid
Lets gooo
2022-08-12 13:28
Boring Like we haven’t heard those stories for thousands of times
2022-08-12 13:31
1 reply
#68
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United States cr4zy_m3
Ok Ruski_hacker
2022-08-12 14:30
#41
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Europe skelteR
time for a major update or a new game
2022-08-12 13:43
And Volvo does nothing. Fuck them!
2022-08-12 13:43
pog!
2022-08-12 13:46
10 years, isn't it crazy? 🤯 It's about time we get SAUCE 2 (or a new operation would be fine as well)
2022-08-12 13:47
sick
2022-08-12 13:54
#49
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Bosnia and Herzegovina Biske
GOAT Game
2022-08-12 13:58
#51
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Germany ChRiZOwow
I was here GIGACHAD ChRiZOwow 12.08.2022 Love and happines )))
2022-08-12 14:04
nice
2022-08-12 14:09
Happy Bee! Lez go! GG
2022-08-12 14:12
Thinking about it...I joined at the very end of the NIP streak and followed each and every era and event after that, what a tile it has been The csglounge, ibp and the rise of the hltv Clearly something to remember Thank you hltv guys for putting as much effort <3
2022-08-12 14:17
CS forever
2022-08-12 14:17
Its actually hard to belive that csgo is 10yo game tbh
2022-08-12 14:17
#63
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United Kingdom _xC4ctus
IM ALSO 10 YEARS OLD TOO. WHERES A HLTV THREAD ABOUT ME?!?!
2022-08-12 14:19
#64
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Latvia laiziolas
Faze now making history. Faze up #1
2022-08-12 14:23
CS <3
2022-08-12 14:23
Can't believe it's been 10 years. Feels like yesterday we were still grinding 1.6..
2022-08-12 14:25
#71
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Sweden axelious
Cool!
2022-08-12 14:37
Counter-Strike <3
2022-08-12 14:43
#74
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Ukraine d3adLY
waiting for 2 new cases
2022-08-12 14:48
Cya in 10?
2022-08-12 14:51
#76
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Poland Apapus
This is great! Thanks guys! Looking forward to it!
2022-08-12 14:52
#77
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Looking forward to it! :D
2022-08-12 14:54
Counter-Strike.
2022-08-12 15:00
Hbd mens
2022-08-12 15:01
Source 2 plz😭
2022-08-12 15:11
nice
2022-08-12 15:21
#84
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Poland paputekk
very nicee
2022-08-12 15:26
HLTV to give out 10-year bans in celebration
2022-08-12 15:29
Counter-Strike
2022-08-12 15:34
Almost 10 years since i switched from 1.6 to csgo. It has been 18 years sine i started playing cs. insane. and while i play csgo for longer now, 1.6 still has the best memories.
2022-08-12 15:35
Counter-Strike
2022-08-12 15:44
#90
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Czech Republic AztecCSGO
Counter-Strike.
2022-08-12 15:45
Just realized it took Valve 8 years to replace crappy CS:Source with CS:GO!? 😮 .. I stopped playing CS shortly after CS:Source was released. We are quite unlucky to have such slow developer on our favorite game
2022-08-12 15:48
garbage game ngl tbh
2022-08-12 15:46
The best computer game ever! 1.6 was tough to beat and CSS failed bigtime, but we all play csgo in our 30s (just much less hours than we used to)!
2022-08-12 15:47
1 reply
+1 spot on! 😎
2022-08-12 15:49
Happy birthday GOAT
2022-08-12 15:57
#99
buda | 
Argentina ReacC
Counter-Strike
2022-08-12 16:07
Fun 10 years. Sad that they decided to shut down the servers on the 21st.
2022-08-12 16:08
1 reply
#109
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Canada Hayaaa
whaaat
2022-08-12 16:25
Thank you HLTV for being with us
2022-08-12 16:11
#103
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Nepal Ekadeshcs
I miss cs 1.6
2022-08-12 16:18
valve thank you in advance for birthday hats for chickens
2022-08-12 16:24
#108
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Canada Hayaaa
S2!!!!!!!
2022-08-12 16:25
Counter-Strike. GOAT.
2022-08-12 16:28
2016-2019 was the peak period, both in game and in pro CS
2022-08-12 16:30
2 replies
2014-15 was peak. Went downhill from there
2022-08-12 17:19
1 reply
imo it's just people being nostalgic, check out how many people watch majors now and back then
2022-08-12 17:27
#117
ZEIEI | 
Finland LEPl
Source2 will be published on the 10th anniversary date, I know cause my dad owns Valve
2022-08-12 17:06
time to quit cs
2022-08-12 17:28
10 years in beta, congratulations
2022-08-12 17:47
How about Valves celebration? I think there's nothing to be expected out there
2022-08-12 18:02
1 reply
Community stickers!
2022-08-12 18:06
#129
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Romania PimPEL
even the hltv know faze has no era
2022-08-12 18:08
People need Source2, 128 tick servers, no cheaters :) and good people :)
2022-08-12 18:28
10 years
2022-08-12 18:42
Hyyype for the HLTV videos!
2022-08-12 18:46
#136
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United States vox_3
fuck this game
2022-08-12 19:33
#137
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Russia mcs#
cool
2022-08-12 19:43
Counter-strike.
2022-08-12 19:53
I won the first open CSGO tourney in vancouver canada for $500 with JDM.
2022-08-12 21:50
4 replies
#155
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Finland Shorde
Yep same here.
2022-08-13 20:26
3 replies
Uhh, pretty sure you were not part of our team.
2022-08-16 21:46
2 replies
#163
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Finland Shorde
Don't try to start fight!! I was part of that team then.
2022-08-16 22:43
1 reply
must have been the 6th man I dont remember.
2022-08-17 00:09
W
2022-08-13 01:35
Counter-Strike
2022-08-13 02:42
#150
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Europe chillhase
Source 2 on August 21?
2022-08-13 04:43
#151
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Indonesia BanDr
10 years of csgo, 20 years my age, what a lovely day to held a party
2022-08-13 14:36
More cases please, some boots skins, fake nails etc inc, no actual game improvement or source2 unfortunately
2022-08-13 19:44
#157
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Latvia laiziolas
At this point, maby new csgo source 2 will be diffrent for them and some old legends might come back
2022-08-14 12:51
#158
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Faroe Islands Antonijs
A lot of professionals and youtubers know something about source 2 in csgo. So, we probably will get someday hopefully
2022-08-14 17:38
We are in the history PepeClap
2022-08-14 19:22
No cap
2022-08-16 15:51
#165
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Brazil DeltaHL
2016-2022 and I still play CS:GO for fun :)
2022-08-17 03:14
CSGO: 10 Years x 10 Editors x 10 Frag Movies youtube.com/watch?v=hVp8HBxHhMQ I remember and watched every single VOD that's in that video practically live with the exceptions of the once that were not live at the time :) Nice captures. Congrats CS!
2022-08-22 03:38
<3
2022-08-30 22:09
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