Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Esports

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$102,681,729.66 From 5267 Tournaments
Recorded Date Range:
2012-03-13 to

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (abbreviated as CS:GO) is a tactical first-person shooter developed by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment, who also maintained Counter-Strike: Source after its release. It is the fourth game in the main Counter-Strike franchise. 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.

For the first year of its release, CS:GO was criticized for being what amounts to "Counter-Strike: Source with better visuals". The initial hype died off fairly quickly, with many players returning to Counter-Strike 1.6 or Source where they were more comfortable. But after receiving more than 60 updates to the game that featured major gameplay tweaks and new maps and features, the Counter-Strike community made their permanent transition to CS:GO. Like with Counter-Strike 1.6, many of the best CS:GO players are centered around Europe, with Swedish teams like fnatic and Ninjas in Pyjamas being the most dominant at the game.

Valve had been criticized about the lack of prize money in the majors they sponsored in the past, with the CS:GO prizes capped at $250,000. The criticism is due to Valve's support of their other competitive game, Dota 2, with their annual multi-million dollar cash prize tournament "The International" able to grow the prize pool via crowd-funding. On March 29, 2016, CS:GO had their first $1 million tournament at the MLG Major Championship in Columbus, Ohio. At the 2016 eSports Industry Awards, CS:GO was named "eSports Game of the Year".

The gameplay of Riot Games' upcoming title VALORANT is comparable to CS:GO.

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Denmark dupreehPeter Rasmussen$1,792,522.74
2.Denmark Xyp9xAndreas Højsleth$1,771,621.90
3.Denmark dev1ceNicolai Reedtz$1,757,023.21
4.Denmark gla1veLukas Rossander$1,621,884.08
5.Denmark MagiskEmil Reif$1,385,981.97
6.United States Stewie2kJakey Yip$1,082,840.00
7.Brazil TACOEpitácio de Melo$1,063,858.27
8.Brazil FalleNGabriel Toledo$1,059,938.92
9.Brazil ferFernando Alvarenga$1,054,038.92
10.Brazil coldzeraMarcelo David$1,019,001.46
11.Canada NAFKeith Markovic$978,265.66
12.Denmark karriganFinn Andersen$951,035.39
13.United States ELiGEJonathan Jablonowski$926,196.42
14.United States nitr0Nick Cannella$920,151.73
15.Sweden olofmeisterOlof Kajbjer$876,761.52
16.Sweden JWJesper Wecksell$876,160.68
17.Sweden flushaRobin Rönnquist$856,068.95
18.Sweden KRiMZFreddy Johansson$846,223.34
19.Canada TwistzzRussel Van Dulken$830,876.43
20.Slovakia GuardiaNLadislav Kovács$798,520.80
21.United States tarikTarik Celik$777,839.21
22.Norway rainHåvard Nygaard$759,899.57
23.France apEXDan Madesclaire$758,885.72
24.Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKoNikola Kovač$750,252.56
25.France NBKNathan Schmitt$746,944.66

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$27,681,038.4326.96%


» Dota 2-$124,742,174.85
» Fortnite+$5,156,804.66
» League of Legends+$23,678,280.72
» StarCraft II+$68,767,666.70
» Hearthstone+$79,573,351.42
» Heroes of the Storm+$84,493,247.01
» Counter-Strike+$89,187,500.09
» Rainbow Six Siege+$90,467,203.92
» SMITE+$94,041,616.91
» CrossFire+$96,232,884.64

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Denmark Denmark$15,384,873.78
2.United States United States$11,536,744.22
3.Sweden Sweden$10,424,624.91
4.Brazil Brazil$8,324,922.39
5.France France$7,034,013.79
6.Poland Poland$6,024,501.87
7.Russian Federation Russian Federation$4,940,251.67
8.Canada Canada$4,293,520.11
9.Finland Finland$2,978,292.29
10.Ukraine Ukraine$2,924,813.53

Other Notable Players

The following players may not have necessarily competed in this game, but have contributed to the competitive scene in other ways.

Denmark cadiaNCasper MøllerAnalyst
United Kingdom ddkDan KapadiaCommentator
Sweden FifflarenRobin JohanssonAnalyst
United Kingdom HenryGHenry GreerAnalyst, Commentator
Ukraine JohntaIvan ShevcovAnalyst
Canada laundersMohan GovindasamyCommentator
Belarus leniniwKostya SivkoAnalyst
Finland lurppisTomi KovanenWriter
United Kingdom MantroussePala Gilroy SenAnalyst
United States mOEMohamad AssadAnalyst
United States mosesJason O'TooleAnalyst, Commentator
Finland natuJoona LeppänenAnalyst
United Kingdom PansyLauren ScottCommentator
United Kingdom ReDeYePaul ChalonerHost
United States sapphiReHeather GarozzoObserver
United States SirScootsScott SmithAnalyst, Host
Russian Federation sL4MIgor SopovAnalyst
Ukraine StrikeIurii TereshchenkoAnalyst
Czech Republic StrikerMilan ŠvejdaWriter
Germany TaKeDennis GehlenHost, Tournament Organizer
United States TsquaredTom TaylorHost
Norway vENdettaHalvor GulestølAnalyst
Ukraine xaocAlexey KucherovAnalyst
Serbia YNkJanko PaunovićAnalyst, Commentator