Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) – one of the most popular first-person shooting (FPS) game all over the world – just harvested some fruitful results regarding the decision to make the game into a free-to-play game and add a battle royale mode in December 2018. Before that, players had to pay through Steam to play (although there are a lot of discount seasons in Steam).

Valve Corporation – the developer of CS:GO – did receive quite a lot of criticism right after this update applied to the game back in December 2018. However, according to Newzoo – a gaming research company – CS:GO has witnessed a huge increase in the number of gamers playing the game. Newzoo’s report said that 16.7% of core PC gamers all over the world played CS:GO. Comparing to 12.1% in November, this is an incredible growth. As a result, out of all gamers, 24.3% of PC gamers played a game by Valve in December, comparing to 20.3% in November. A free game will definitely be more attractive than a game that costs player money to buy. Moreover, the battle royale mode of CS:GO - Danger Zone - has soon become the new favorite mode of players

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In the home fields, the situation is even better for Valve. Due to the updates in December, CS:GO had 14.8% of total players in North America (NA) playing the game, a growth of 47.5%. Besides new players coming to the game, this success of Valve also came from many players having been drawn from other famous FPS games. In the US, we have seen so many players stopped playing Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds … to try or completely switch to CS:GO. The percentage of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds players did that is 33% while this number in Fortnite’s players is 27.9%. Fortnite also shares a lot of players with CS:GO: 37.3% of total CS:GO’s players in the US are playing Fortnite. However, players from the game Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege led the trend when 34.9% players from this game switched to CS:GO.

This is indeed a necessary hit for the classic FPS game CS:GO and Valve, in the scenario when other new games like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are storming the market.