CS: GO devs wanted to fix the game’s cheating problem by changing the Prime status but for now that change only drove players away.
CS: GO has a serious cheating problem. Considering it’s the most popular free-to-play shooter on Steam with a huge and consistently active player base it’s to be expected. But, Valve made an interesting decision. Since everyone has access to the game, it’s easy to grind matches and get access to Ranked.
However, now you can’t grind games to get access to the Prime status. Instead you have to pay $15. A small price to pay for active CS: GO players that already spent thousands of hours on the game. Yet, we’re seeing a considerable drop in concurrent players since the June update dropped.
The question is, are the -110,541.8 players that stopped playing since the CS: GO Prime status change cheaters? Or are they players who think $15 is too much to play in Ranked matches? Whatever the case may be, SteamDB shows the biggest drop in player count in the game’s recent history. I’m sure the numbers are going to improve over time. I just hope this was a potent enough solution for the cheaters problem.