In March, Counter-Strike: International Offensive smashed its all-time peak participant depend report when 1,519,457 individuals logged on following the announcement of Counter-Strike 2. That report has now been damaged once more, with SteamDB recording 1,818,773 gamers—a bounce of virtually 300,000.

What’s introduced all these gamers to CS:GO? Whereas cynics will recommend they’re bots, it is possible {that a} important quantity are launching the game due to the ultimate CS:GO Main and its tie-in rewards. For the reason that Paris Main begins on Might 8, Valve has added its normal Choose’Em problem, by which CS:GO gamers can try to predict the outcomes. The nearer your guesses are, the higher the rarity of prizes.

There’s additionally the newly arrived cosmetics: a sticker with the brand of each crew and one with the signature of each participant competing within the Main that may be added to any weapon you personal. Given what number of there are, anybody who’s after a particular participant is prone to head to the Steam Group Market to seek out them and costs will be respectable. Here is one which’s promoting for simply over $40.

The Paris Main would be the final one performed in CS:GO, and the primary Main performed in Counter-Strike 2 will not happen till March, 2024. Meaning this would be the solely Main for 2023, where usually there are two yearly. It runs from Might 8 till Might 21.

Counter-Strike 2 is at present having a restricted check for a choose group of gamers, and Valve is asking the sequel “an overhaul to each system, every bit of content material, and each a part of the C-S expertise.” Oh, and it comprises a Half-Life reference.