CS:GO, Valve’s seminal multiplayer FPS and Steam’s most popular game, even ahead of Dota 2 and GTA 5, has naturally racked up an enormous amount of collective gaming hours since its release in 2012. The online shooter, however, it has just crossed a significant and staggering new threshold, in which terrorists and counter-terrorists have been officially killing each other since the Upper Paleolithic era.
At its peak, CS:GO had 928,329 concurrent users. That number is currently down a bit, to 676,642, but it still sits well above the rest of Steam’s top five, with Dota 2, Lost Ark, Rust and GTA 5 failing to come close to CS:GO’s enduring popularity. . After ten years and a myriad of rivals in the competitive shooter space, that alone is a huge achievement, but an achievement nonetheless dwarfed by yet another CS:GO record, one that spans the geological, topographical, and anthropological history of all our planet.
441,579,584. That’s the number of hours, as of this writing, that CS:GO gamers have collectively invested in Valve’s online FPS. Hard to understand? Well, let’s try to put it in perspective. Some quick math (ie a Google hours to years converter) reveals that CS:GO fans have been shooting, stabbing and blowing each other up for a total of 50,408 years; that 50,000 threshold was surpassed on August 4, when CS:GO players completed more than 14 million hours of multiplayer slaughter in a single day. The ancient historians among you (there must be at least one) will attribute that number to the Upper Palaeolithic era, a period between roughly 50,000 and 12,000 years ago, when homo sapiens first emerged from Africa into Asia and Eurasia, and he left behind some of the earliest evidence of settlement and artwork.
So think of it this way: If you could build a time machine and get a Steam Deck (hard to say at this point which of those would be more difficult), and then want to go back to prehistoric Vindija and Valve’s handheld gifted to an unassuming lonely caveman, and then also instructed them to do nothing for the next 50,000 years except play CS:GO all day, every day, it would only be this week, in this year 2022, Anno Domini , which would eventually have racked up as many hours of gameplay as the actual Counter-Strike fanbase. Just imagine how good they would be with the AWP. Can’t bear to think.
For that, a deeply impressed but also vaguely concerned congratulations to the entire CS:GO player base. Well done. You’ve done both games and ancient history at the same time. Thanks also to Steam Charts for providing these statistics. If you want to play a single shooter for the next 50 millennia, we recommend choosing something from our list of the best FPS games on PC. It might be easier with a few friends though, so be sure to check out our best multiplayer games guide as well.