CS:GO, the seminal multiplayer FPS from Valve, and Steam’s most popular game – ahead of even Dota 2 and GTA 5 – has naturally accumulated an enormous amount of collective play hours since its 2012 launch. However, the online shooter has just crossed a significant and shocking new threshold. Terrorists and counter-terrorists have been officially killing each other since the Upper Palaeolithic era.
CS:GO was home to a staggering 928.329 concurrent users at its peak. That number is currently down somewhat, to 676,642, but it still stands way above the rest of the Steam top five, with Dota 2, Lost Ark, Rust, and GTA 5 failing to come anywhere near CS: GO’s enduring popularity. This feat, despite having many rivals in competitive shooter, is a huge achievement. However, it is dwarfed by another CS-GO record that spans the entire geological, topographical and anthropological history on the planet.
441,579,584. That’s how many hours, at the time of this writing, that CS:GO players have jointly put into Valve’s online FPS. It’s hard to understand? Well, let’s try and put it into perspective. Some quick maths (i.e. an hour to years converter on Google) reveals that CS:GO fans have been shooting, knifing, and exploding one another for a total of 50,408 years – that 50,000 threshold was passed on August 4, when CS:GO players completed over 14m hours of multiplayer slaughter in a single day. The ancient historians among you – there must be at least one – will pin that number to the Upper Paleaolithic era, a period between roughly 50,000 and 12,000 years ago, when homo sapiens first emerged from Africa into Asia and Eurasia, and left some of the earliest evidence of settlements and artwork.
So, think of it this way: if you could build a time machine, and get yourself a Steam Deck (it’s hard to say right now which of those would be more difficult), and then you want back to prehistoric Vindija and gifted Valve’s handheld to some solitary, unassuming cave person, and then also instructed them to do nothing for the next 50,000 years but play CS:GO all day, every day, it would only be this week, in this, the year 2022, Anno Domini, that they would have finally racked up as many play hours as the actual Counter-Strike fanbase. Just imagine how good they’d be with the AWP. It doesn’t bear thinking about.
We are deeply impressed, but also slightly concerned to extend our congratulations to the entire CS-GO player base. Well done. You’ve simultaneously made both gaming and ancient history. These statistics were provided by Steam Charts. If you are looking for a single shooter to play for the next 50 years, we recommend one of our best FPS games on PC. It may be easier to play with a group of friends, so make sure to check out our best multiplayer games guide.