Unlike many other modern esports, CS:GO has a relatively consistent cycle of large tournaments worth watching. There are biannual Valve Majors, a trio of regular leagues and numerous community-hosted events. These big shows tend to have the largest prize pools and most formidable teams. They’re the esports equivalent of Super Bowls, and it’s easy to see why they command so much attention.
But despite its relative stability, CS:GO is a difficult game to master at the highest level. It requires not only a masterful grasp of the game’s core mechanics, but also an ability to read opponents and capitalize on their mistakes. As a result, it’s an incredibly rewarding experience when it all comes together – and a truly harrowing one when the pieces fall apart.
This makes the tournament system especially important in CS:GO. The best teams can be ruined by a few bad games, just like in any team sport, and it’s not uncommon for world-class players to get dragged down by weak teammates.
The good news is that CS:GO has been well-maintained for years after its launch, and it continues to be a mainstay in the professional scene. There’s a reason for that: the game still looks great and has enough variety to keep players coming back. This is a big part of what separates it from the flood of recent battle royale games that have dominated the industry. Unlike those titles, which have tons of added abilities, classes, perks and other things to keep the meta changing, CS:GO relies on a simple formula of two teams armed with guns shooting at each other.