CS:GO Overtakes Dota 2 In Average Player Count

The CS: GO and Dota 2 player count has exchanged places these last few months, and now Valve’s shooter is more popular.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
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One keeps losing players while the other keeps growing in numbers

Valve has a lot of big players on the market. The two biggest ones are Dota 2 and CS: GO, along with minor league players like Team Fortress 2 and Dota Underlords. But, one of the big boys has been going through a rough patch these last few months. Dota 2 recently received the Outlanders update. Did the massive changes bring back old players to see what’s new? No, actually the player base has been steadily declining all throughout 2019, and a drop then occurred after that big update as well. CS: GO, on the other hand, managed to keep a steady player base. It’s even increasing according to this PC Gamer article, and it surpassed Dota 2 and is now Valve’s most popular title on Steam.

Dota 2’s Outlanders update didn’t help

Both CS: GO and Dota 2 have been getting big updates. But it seems like Dota 2 players aren’t happy with the current state of the game. It makes sense since a lot of new core systems that really change up the game got introduced. You also need to keep in mind that unlike League of Legends, Dota 2 is incredibly hard to get into if you’re a brand new player. No stream of new players and the existing player base keeps leaving. Things aren’t looking too hot for Valve’s free-to-play MOBA. The game hasn’t been performing too well in 2019, while CS: GO’s numbers keep increasing.

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Dota 2
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What do you think, will the CS: GO and Dota 2 player count change in the future? Will Dota 2 manage to attract new players, and can CS: GO keep its current playerbase interested? Let us know in the comments section down below!

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