In the days since Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) became free to play (F2P), random people on Filipino Facebook forums have stated that “CS:GO is dead.”
While the cynical side of me would tend to dismiss these comments as badly-made jokes, it seems that many have joined the ‘movement.’ If many people say the same thing, it must be true, right?
Let’s be frank here, we all know for a fact that there are many hackers and griefers in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Yes, we hate them with a passion. Yes, we don’t want them in our games. And yes, it feels as if we lose our love for the game whenever we see those cheaters and low-lifers in our matches.
But at the same time, the game is now among the most played games on Steam. In addition, VACNet works faster and more efficient than before, thus leading to a relatively better playing experience.
Here are the stats (and these aren’t even current):
Meanwhile, in the local scene, large tournaments are appearing every month. A decent provincial team can actually earn a decent, livable payday from their tournament earnings and allowances nowadays. Add the chance of having big-ticket bet games and teams do have a ton of chances to gain exposure and fortune in this esport title.
I haven’t talked about the big teams yet. They have every chance nowadays to break out and make history in Philippine CS:GO.
Finally, more teams are making their mark in the highest levels of the game.
In terms of visibility, everyone knows Astralis, Liquid and Faze: These, in addition to many other teams, are among the household names of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. At the same time, Asian teams like TyLoo and MVP are also starting to make an impact on the scene.
In other words, everyone in the ecosystem is getting something out of it.
Yes, many watch streams by professional players and tournaments. So, does it sound dead to you? Or is it just because you are bitter about your own personal perception of the game?
I don’t know about you, but for me, CS:GO has never been more alive.