Video gamers who were born in the 2000s know it. Those who were born in the 1990s – venerate it. Counter-Strike is a franchise that defies time and is a permanent fixture in the competitive video gaming space so much that it’s impossible to imagine electronic sports today without it.
Counter-Strike is one of the most-watched, bet on, and followed video games anywhere on the Internet. Yes, Fortnite may have amassed millions of fans, but those are “casual fans.” Counter-Strike intrigues in its own way, and it creates strong bonds between community members.
Counter-Strike was designed as a hardcore game, and it has been able to resist pushback. Even though playing on the highest level is incredibly hard, there are many fans who start casually and discover their talent for the game as they carry on.
As a result, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (and the franchise as a whole) is very much alive – decades after its original release. But what makes it so? We have touched upon some of the broad stroke reasons. Now, let’s take a look at what is underneath.
Inexhaustible Competitive Potential
The game may rely on simple mechanics and physics, but this has not stopped it from becoming one of the noteworthy competitive shooters anywhere out there. That has to do with the fact that those simple mechanics defy mastery.
In other words, it doesn’t matter how good you are at the game. There could always be someone who is so much better than you are and can calculate things better than you, aim and shoot better than you, and craft strategies better than you.
There are many players who dethrone the old guard and install themselves in their stead, and this is how the game has carried on in cycles for a long, long while now. Players are able to learn and come up with better gameplay decisions – plain and simple.
Passionate Fan Bases
Even though not everyone is good at competing in CS:GO, and not many people want to, there are passionate fan bases behind the game. This has allowed CS:GO to thrive. Fans are coming on forums, talking smack to each other, and not least – using their favorite teams as a proxy to secure more bragging rights.
They were telling the other lot how their team is actually so much better. This rivalry on a fan level resembles what we see in football, and it’s precisely one of the main drivers of competitive Counter-Strike. There are no surprises there. Fan engagement makes games last long after their developers may have turned a blind eye.
Counter-Strike, though, has not been abandoned by developers, and if anything – Valve, the company behind it – has been actively pursuing an ecosystem that would allow fans to rally behind their flagship title and share in the joy.
No Small Amount of Prize Money
Not least, Counter-Strike is driven by teams’ ambitions to win. With so much money on the line, it’s understandable why you have so many people constantly trying to improve themselves. Thanks to this constant rivalry, there are new competitive names emerging on the scene every year, and this brings the game to the next level.
Building a timeless competitive classic of a video game is no easy task. Not many have been able to do it. In fact, very few have. And while there are many promising games even today, Counter-Strike will remain one of the true competitive gaming. In all likelihood, the game will be around for many years to come.