Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$67,949,613.24 From 3715 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.

Valve has been criticized about the lack of prize money in the majors they sponsor, 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".

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.

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Denmark Xyp9xAndreas Højsleth$1,288,721.90
2.Denmark dupreehPeter Rasmussen$1,285,922.74
3.Denmark dev1ceNicolai Reedtz$1,253,423.21
4.Denmark gla1veLukas Rossander$1,120,184.08
5.Brazil TACOEpitácio de Melo$893,381.85
6.Brazil FalleNGabriel Toledo$886,462.50
7.Brazil ferFernando Alvarenga$883,562.50
8.Denmark MagiskEmil Reif$879,481.97
9.Brazil coldzeraMarcelo David$874,573.42
10.Sweden olofmeisterOlof Kajbjer$731,728.19
11.Sweden flushaRobin Rönnquist$730,668.95
12.Denmark karriganFinn Andersen$721,777.35
13.Sweden JWJesper Wecksell$709,260.68
14.Slovakia GuardiaNLadislav Kovács$694,487.47
15.Sweden KRiMZFreddy Johansson$680,623.34
16.Poland snaxJanusz Pogorzelski$608,791.73
17.Ukraine ZeusDaniil Teslenko$593,168.70
18.Poland neoFilip Kubski$583,428.17
19.France NBKNathan Schmitt$581,570.43
20.Norway rainHåvard Nygaard$579,546.24
21.Poland pashaBicepsJarosław Jarząbkowski$576,924.38
22.Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKoNikola Kovač$575,332.56
23.Poland TaZWiktor Wojtas$568,870.92
24.Poland byaliPaweł Bieliński$567,702.17
25.Denmark KjaerbyeMarkus Kjærbye$544,767.17

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$12,938,737.6519.04%


» Dota 2-$104,623,082.35
» League of Legends+$8,601,166.91
» StarCraft II+$39,476,954.15
» Heroes of the Storm+$50,083,353.51
» Hearthstone+$53,001,538.17
» Counter-Strike+$55,369,856.49
» SMITE+$59,359,500.49
» CrossFire+$63,974,429.76
» Counter-Strike: Source+$64,870,348.94
» Heroes of Newerth+$65,093,406.68

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Denmark Denmark$10,132,695.07
2.Sweden Sweden$8,269,333.92
3.United States United States$6,950,547.54
4.Brazil Brazil$6,024,367.82
5.France France$5,155,956.41
6.Poland Poland$4,788,898.89
7.Russian Federation Russian Federation$2,673,871.86
8.Canada Canada$2,390,369.64
9.Ukraine Ukraine$2,276,273.84
10.China China$2,028,505.15

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 SvedjdaWriter
Germany TaKeDennis GehlenHost, Tournament Organizer
United States TsquaredTom TaylorHost
Norway vENdettaHalvor GulestølAnalyst
Ukraine xaocAlexey KucherovAnalyst
Serbia YNkJanko PaunovićAnalyst, Commentator