While it might seem that the better you do in a given online game, the more you play it - especially in the case of a game like CS:GO - recent stats show that this may not be the case.
Leetify, a website that focuses on stats about Valve's online shooter, recently conducted a survey, the purpose of which was to find out how much time fo CS:GO players of different ranks spend in the game on average.
Add that the study considered classic ranked matches.
Average number of hours per month
One of the key criteria taken into account in the survey was the average number of hours that players of each rank spend on gameplay.
- The graph above clearly shows that the most hours spent on the game are spent by people from the "middle of the pack", with the record holders being Gold Nova Master ranked users - 62.7 hours per month.
- They are followed by Master Guardian II rank players (the so-called "AK in the laurels"), with 62.2 hours per month.
- Players who have reached the highest level of advancement - Global Elite - spend slightly less time in the game: 58h per month.
- The weakest are the holders of the lowest rank - Silver I: 40.6 hours per month.
What is the reason behind these results? We can guess that mid-level players of ranks such as GNM and MGII spend so many hours grinding and as they move up the CS ladder, it just takes more and more time.
Global Elite players, being at the top, do not have a higher rank in front of them, but the top level matches can take longer, which is probably the reason for this still high result.
Average number of matches per month
Another statistic examined was the average number of matches played per rank. In this case the graph looks quite different:
- As you can see in the attached image, the lowest number of matches per month is "boasted" by the most prestigious rank - Global Elite.
- On average, the most games per month are played by players with ranks at the turn of Silver and Gold; it is said that people with this level of proficiency are slowly turning from amateurs into intermediate-level players.
The gradation is clear - the higher the rank, the lower the average number of matches played. What are the reasons? This is, of course, speculation, but we can assume that as players' skills increase, they are more likely to move to external servers to play CS:GO, organized by websites such as FACEIT.
This causes more advanced players to visit Valve's official servers less frequently.