It’s the game that is beginning to dominate the eSports scene. Even though Counter Strike: Global Offensive was only released in 2012, it has grown bigger and better in the last four years and is now quickly becoming the most popular competitive scene around.
Developed by Valve, this game is a 5v5 ‘shoot-em-up’, or so it seems at first glance. It is however, very complicated, and involves tactics and numbers that are hard to get your head around. Some top teams that you may have heard of include:
- Natus Vincere
- Team Liquid
- Counter Logic Gaming
These teams come from right across the globe, from America, Russia and Sweden among others. This has helped the Counter Strike competitive community to gain a worldwide audience, and that really shows in their viewing figures. On average, around 10,000 people pack in to stadiums to see the teams take on each other in person, while millions more watch at home on livestreams. Prize pools for tournaments vary, but are never usually less than $100,000.
In the past year, Counter Strike tournaments have made it ‘big-time’. A deal was reached to create a major tournament, one which would put CS on the map in the mainstream media. The result of this was ELeague, which has been a huge success. The further stages of the tournaments were even broadcast on American network TBS, to millions of people.
ELeague Season 1 Final: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zt46id0iwMg
This was a huge boost for the competitive scene, and it won’t stop there. Expect to see Counter Strike on your TV screens a lot more regularly in the very near future.