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.
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.
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