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On December 6, Valve made the decision to remove the $14.99 price tag attached to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO).

Early data now shows that this move to free-to-play (FTP) has been a smart one, as average user numbers are currently up over 30% since November to 409,636.

CS:GO Steam Users

According to the data, concurrent users hit a peak of 746,548 in December, which marks the highest level since January of 2017.

The jump in user numbers is likely also driven by the launch of Danger Zone, a new battle royale game mode that includes up to 18 players in a large open-world environment. As we previously reported, Danger Zone essentially follows the traditional battle royale script, with a few unique in-game elements.

For instance, the game is built around personal tablets that users leverage to track opponents, track drone deliveries of weaponry, and map paths to strategically gain an advantage. There are even “blacksites” full of equipment and weapons which players can choose to land in and explore.

CS:GO can be downloaded and played for free on Steam and the ESL Pro League, the world’s longest running CS:GO professional league, will return on April 12 for season 9.

More: CS:GO had 20 million unique players last month – its most ever
Related: CS:GO Launches Battle Royale Mode: Danger Zone


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