According to SteamSpy, CS GO is now the best-selling game ever on the PC platform thanks to its 25 million units sold since August 2012 when the game was released.
The previous highest-selling record was held by Minecraft with a total of 24.5 million units sold on PC since its launch but CS GO has now managed to beat that number.
Perhaps the biggest reason for CS GO, Valve’s latest iteration of the Counter Strike franchise, is the massive community the franchise has as well as the game holding a status of one of the three most popular eSports games in the world.
Given the play style of the game, CS GO has drawn all sorts of players in, from newcomers to veterans of previous games of the franchise as well as professional players competing at the highest level for huge prizes.
The immense popularity and history of the game, combined with the $15 price tag which goes as low as $7.5 to $5 during sales, it’s pretty much a no brainer that a competitive game which offers thousands of hours of fun would end up being the highest selling game in the history of the platform.
Of course this sales figure also includes multiple copies owned by the same people for the purpose of testing out different hacks or even creating smurf accounts since the game is available at such a low price.
Despite that, CS GO still manages to stay among the Top 5 most played games on Steam at any given time, mostly sitting at #2 with above 300,000 concurrent players daily. That figure is still shy of Valve’s other heavy hitter, Dota 2 which is pretty much always at #1 with above 700,000 concurrent players. However, Dota 2 is a free to play title with microtransactions for cosmetics.
These days when the FPS genre is extremely saturated and a new ‘competitive’ FPS pops up every few months, it great to see Counter Strike still holding its spot as the game that revolutionized the genre back in 1999 as a mod for Half Life.