Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Esports

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Release Date:
Prize Money Awarded:
$126,581,511.37 From 5985 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.

Largest Prize Pools

 Tournament NamePrize Money
1.» PGL Major Stockholm 2021$2,000,000.00
2.» WESG 2016 (CS:GO)$1,500,000.00
3.» WESG 2017 (CS:GO Male)$1,500,000.00
4.» ELEAGUE Season 1$1,410,000.00
5.» ELEAGUE Season 2$1,100,000.00
6.» BLAST Premier: Global Final 2020$1,000,000.00
7.» ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017$1,000,000.00
8.» ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018$1,000,000.00
9.» ELEAGUE Major 2017$1,000,000.00
10.» ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018$1,000,000.00
11.» ESL One: Cologne 2016$1,000,000.00
12.» FACEIT Major: London 2018$1,000,000.00
13.» FLASHPOINT Season 1$1,000,000.00
14.» Flashpoint Season 2$1,000,000.00
15.» IEM Season XV - World Championship$1,000,000.00
16.» IEM Season XVI - Cologne$1,000,000.00
17.» IEM XIII - Katowice 2019 (CS:GO Major)$1,000,000.00
18.Intel Grand Slam Season 1$1,000,000.00
19.Intel Grand Slam Season 2$1,000,000.00
20.Intel Grand Slam Season 3$1,000,000.00
21.» MLG Major Championship: Columbus 2016$1,000,000.00
22.» PGL Major Kraków 2017$1,000,000.00
23.» StarLadder Berlin Major 2019$1,000,000.00
24.» WESG 2018 (CS:GO Male)$890,000.00
25.» Esports Championship Series Season 1 - Finals$765,000.00

Top Players

 Player IDPlayer NameTotal (Game)
1.Denmark dupreehPeter Rasmussen$1,937,581.07
2.Denmark Xyp9xAndreas Højsleth$1,918,480.23
3.Denmark dev1ceNicolai Reedtz$1,914,931.54
4.Denmark gla1veLukas Rossander$1,770,642.41
5.Denmark MagiskEmil Reif$1,531,040.30
6.Ukraine s1mpleAlexander Kostylev$1,418,238.65
7.Russian Federation electroNicDenis Sharipov$1,271,975.33
8.United States Stewie2kJakey Yip$1,172,640.00
9.Brazil FalleNGabriel Toledo$1,125,238.92
10.Brazil TACOEpitácio de Melo$1,083,086.48
11.Canada NAFKeith Markovic$1,067,765.66
12.Brazil ferFernando Alvarenga$1,063,838.92
13.Brazil coldzeraMarcelo David$1,035,801.46
14.United States ELiGEJonathan Jablonowski$1,015,696.42
15.Denmark karriganFinn Andersen$1,008,135.39
16.United States nitr0Nick Cannella$920,151.73
17.Sweden olofmeisterOlof Kajbjer$915,311.52
18.Sweden JWJesper Wecksell$911,060.68
19.Russian Federation Boombl4Kirill Mikhailov$910,849.87
20.Sweden KRiMZFreddy Johansson$909,661.90
21.France apEXDan Madesclaire$903,635.72
22.Bosnia and Herzegovina NiKoNikola Kovač$903,402.56
23.Canada TwistzzRussel Van Dulken$897,676.43
24.Sweden flushaRobin Rönnquist$877,868.95
25.Russian Federation PerfectoIlya Zalutskiy$869,887.44

Online/LAN Breakdown

LocationPrize Money% of Total
Online Only$44,611,174.0735.24%


» Dota 2-$150,149,190.46
» Fortnite+$18,270,745.67
» League of Legends+$36,948,007.39
» StarCraft II+$90,620,876.13
» Hearthstone+$100,656,680.39
» Rainbow Six Siege+$106,150,226.54
» Heroes of the Storm+$108,388,028.72
» Counter-Strike+$113,027,555.91
» SMITE+$117,331,398.62
» CrossFire+$119,972,066.35

Top Countries

 Country NamePrize Money
1.Denmark Denmark$17,753,632.64
2.United States United States$12,652,819.55
3.Sweden Sweden$11,382,457.30
4.Russian Federation Russian Federation$9,962,873.28
5.Brazil Brazil$9,623,798.68
6.France France$8,369,817.80
7.Poland Poland$6,727,050.18
8.Ukraine Ukraine$4,691,876.45
9.Canada Canada$4,660,526.70
10.Finland Finland$3,397,223.58

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