This is a great start to the year for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Each month, the game breaks a new activity record on Steam. Only a month ago we wrote about the fact that for the first time in the history of Valve's shooter, more than one million users were playing the game at the same time. But this is old news, as yesterday (according to Steam Charts) exactly 1,305,714 people were playing CS at the hottest moment of the day.
Thus, the title has broken the activity record established by Dota 2 in 2016, which was exacly 1 281 328 players. The current surge of popularity experienced by CS is influenced by many factors. First of all, it's worth remembering that in December 2018 the game went free-to-play, and at the end of last year another operation was introduced, adding new character models (including female).
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has also significantly contributed to the increase in the number of active players (who, whether they want to or not, are forced to sit at home). What's more, Valve released a new update two days ago, introducing several significant changes to the game that have been awaited for years (including previews and import of other players' crosshairs). The appearance of a new competitor, Valorant, on the market of online shooters will probably make Valve's developers take further steps to refresh the game and keep the players interested.