Counter-Strike (sometimes referred to as Half-Life: Counter-Strike or Counter-Strike 1.6, and shortened to CS) is a tactical first-person shooter developed by Valve Corporation, originating from a Half-Life mod by Minh "Gooseman" Le and Jess "Cliffe" Cliffe. The first public beta was released on June 19, 1999, the developers of the mod teamed up with Valve on April 12, 2000, and the game being completed and fully released to the public on November 8, 2000.
The game has been expanded into a series since its original release, which currently includes Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Counter-Strike pits a team of counter-terrorists against a team of terrorists in a series of rounds. Each round is won by either completing the mission objective or eliminating the opposing force.
The best Counter-Strike 1.6 players came from all around the world: MiBr from Brazil, multi-game teams WeMade FOX and eSTRO from Korea, North America's Team 3D and Evil Geniuses, but the top talent centered around Europe, with Swedish teams being the most dominant at the game.
Largest Prize Pools
|Player ID||Player Name||Total (Game)|
|Location||Prize Money||% of Total|
|» Counter-Strike: Global Offensive||-$85,311,716.88|
|» StarCraft: Brood War||+$5,241,780.44|
|» WarCraft III||+$7,681,482.14|
|» World of WarCraft||+$8,535,124.26|
|» Counter-Strike: Source||+$10,376,989.58|
|» Heroes of Newerth||+$10,577,755.31|
|» Halo 3||+$11,334,882.47|
|» Halo 2||+$12,003,599.40|
|» Quake III Arena||+$12,355,129.68|
|Country Name||Prize Money|
Other Notable Players
The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.
|SirScoots||Scott Smith||Content Creator|