CS:GO’s sudden decision to go fully free-to-play plus the new battle royal mode cranked up their player base, but reviews show that it so far doesn’t bode well to the players.
Valve currently enjoys a healthy number of peak and concurrent players for their prized shooter a week after dropping the Danger Zone update. Currently peaking at 746K players, CS:GO managed to claw back on top of the Steam's most played games neck to neck with Dota 2 and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS.
As per Steamcharts, the last time CS:GO cracked the 700K mark for peak players was way back January 2018 and that is largely attributed to the ELEAGUE Major Boston 2018 where Cloud9 made a landmark victory by winning America’s first Major Title right in their home soil. After that, CS saw continuous decline that is due largely to the popularity of the battle royale genre led by Fortnite and PUBG.
However, the rise of numbers doesn’t fully mean good news for Valve.
The past week also saw the sour reception of fans with update for various reasons. CS received over 14K negative reviews at the CS:GO store page on December 7 alone, and the flooding of negative reviews continue to pile up as of writing.
Most of the criticism CS:GO received with the Danger Zone patch is the free to play update. Some players are pointing out the large possibility of a sudden increase of cheaters and hackers – an issue that the community is already battling even before the update.
There are also old users that are not happy since they have bought the game before and it is now free-to-play. Some are dissatisfied with the exclusive Loyalty badge and are looking for better compensation such as exclusive skins or loot. Others are also pointing out the changes to Prime matchmaking that now entitles anyone who owns the game prior to the update to be part of the Prime service.
There are also some players who are looking at the issues and crashes that was brought along with the update. Valve however is already fielding patches to resolve the said issues.
Steam reviews are often used by fans to channel their disapproval on a game’s updates – regardless of in game updates or activities from the publishers and developers and CS:GO is not the first one to receive such treatment after a massive update.
Despite the negative reviews, CS:GO’s update will be beneficial for FPS players to consider transferring to CS.
The flux of new players can also be a channel for various esports teams to discover new talent. Along that will be a chance for players to try out tournament platforms that most of the time offers competition for large esports titles such as CS:GO.
New players can put their skills to test and learn experience by competitively playing on tournament platforms. Mogul.gg and Esports Mogul support the growth of the professional scene by providing a platform for players to compete and gain exposure.
All in all, despite the current backlash, this is a healthy way to keep the longevity of CS:GO in the long run.