Let’s begin this off by saying one factor: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive continues to be enormous. Valve’s premier shooter nonetheless averages over half 1,000,000 gamers at anybody time — in terms of Steam games, barely forward of one other Valve product, Dota 2 — however that quantity has been shrinking in latest weeks — and Valve might be OK with that.
As you’ll recall, it was about a month ago that Valve modified how Prime entry would work in CS:GO. Free accounts may now not play within the official ranked mode, as an alternative being shunted to an “unranked” mode in the event that they needed to play competitively, with no XP, Ranks, drops, or Ability Teams awarded. The intent was, as Valve put it, to forestall “unhealthy actors” who “harm the expertise of each new and present gamers.”
These modifications have been carried out on June 3, or simply over a month in the past, and, as PC Gamer noted, it’s led to a marked lower within the sport’s participant base. Steam Charts pegs the loss at -16.75% for the month of June, with the final 30 days — representing June 8 to July 7 — at -3.68%. That may lead one to imagine that the lower is because of these “unhealthy actors” and even Prime gamers on “smurf” accounts leaving the sport, which is the conclusion that PC Gamer attracts.
Whereas that most likely accounts for a few of the decline, I don’t assume it tells your entire story. Trying over the previous few months, CS:GO has been bleeding gamers fairly steadily all through. In reality, for those who simply rely the primary week of June, the quantity declined from 909,399 on June 1 to 818,181 on June 6 — a drop of 10% in only a week.
That’s the cutoff for the one-month outcomes, although, and since then, the sport has solely misplaced 3.68% of its gamers. It might be that CS:GO was going via a down interval, probably because of the points that prompted the change to Prime standing, however has since “recovered” to a level. It would nonetheless be experiencing a slight decline, however the downturn isn’t as sharp because it was. Whereas it’s true that a few of the lacking gamers is likely to be the sort of free gamers who weren’t contributing to the sport and that Valve needed to take away with the modifications, it’s additionally attainable that some gamers have come again to the sport due to the modifications and are serving to to gradual its descent.