February 4, 2019 CS:GO’s player counts are back above PUBG.
Today marks a momentous occasion for the post-battle royale era. For the first time since August 2017, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive had a higher peak player count than PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. All it took was a year-long decline in PUBG player count, a free-to-play relaunch, and a new, original take on battle royale.
PUBG peaked at 558,663 today. CS:GO peaked at 658,966. That’s definitive as far as Steam players go, but there are some caveats to the number – most notably, CS:GO’s Chinese release goes through Perfect World-branded variation of Steam rather than the standard launcher. Whether Steam counts players using the Perfect World launcher remains a topic of debate, but last we heard the player counts likely do include China.
Noted CS:GO observer Nors3 picked up on the record today, and he also pointed to a record unique player count for the game back in December. 20,535,709 players were drawn in for the month after CS:GO went free-to-play. That’s the most it’s ever recorded, and was double November’s numbers.