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Active Players in CS: GO Decreased After Ranked Payment

CS:GO loses a significant amount of players in June because of paid ranked.

by Robert Pezic

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This month’s statistics for Counter Strike: Global Offensive shows that a significant number of players dropped out of the game after the introduction of paid Prime accounts.

The popular free to play shooter Counter Strike: Global Offensive is no longer completely free since last month. In order to fight against hackers, the creators of the game have introduced paid user accounts (Prime) which are accessed with a one time fee of 15 euros (18 dollars). Without payment, there is no access to ranked matches, and since the Prime status cannot be obtained in any other way than by payment, that turned some players away from the game.

Looking at the official statistics on Steam, Counter Strike: Global Offensive lost a significant amount of players in June. The average number of active users on a monthly basis fell by as much as 16,75%, which is the second largest decline in the average number of active players in the history of Counter Strike.

This only continued the negative trend that Counter Strike: Global Offensive had in 2021, when the average number of active players dropped from 740 thousand to 532 thousand. The largest number of concurrent players also fell, which was below a million in June for the first time since October 2020.

Despite all these statistics, it should be noted that CS:GO is still the most played game on Steam at the moment of writing this, it is followed closely by Dota 2 with 560 thousand concurrent players, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds with 185 thousand players, Apex Legends with 143 thousand and Rust with 124 thousand concurrent players.

This is still good news for the “old-timers” who already bought the game before, because if you played ranked while the game was completely free to play, the chances of encountering someone who was using some kind of cheats were huge. Now there is some hope that the game might be playable again – especially for players who are playing in low ranks.

- This article was updated on July 17th, 2021

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