Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s esport scene has withstood the test of time | Got Game

4 September 2019

By Julius Tabios

After almost two decades of gripping gameplay since it launched, Counter Strike shows no signs of slowing down. The iconic first-person shooter game pits two teams of five against one another in a test of aim and mental fortitude. The game's most recent build, Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), has withstood the test of time and remains one of the most wildly popular esports games today.

With millions of dollars up for grabs across its many tournaments throughout the years, CS:GO is here to stay. Here are just a few incredible moments that underline why CS:GO is such a joy to watch.

Ninja Defuses

Sometimes you know you can't kill the whole enemy team by yourself, so you just keep your eyes on the prize. Freddy 'KRIMZ' Johansson definitely made all the ninjas out there proud of this one. 

Coldzera's Impossible AWP Kills

Marcelo 'Coldzera' David absolutely defies gravity with mid-air sniping against Team Liquid at the MLG CS:GO Major.

Hiko Against The World

Sometimes discretion is the better part of valour. But Spencer 'Hiko' Martin shows he could take on the whole Sponsorless squad by himself with zero shenanigans.  

A Win Isn't Everything

CS:GO is making the most out of a bad situation. With the round already lost Mikhail 'Dosia' Stolyarov decides he'll just do some economy damage for this one.

Finally, a shout-out to CS:GO's biggest asset – its players. A game's competitive scene is nothing without them. Much of the hype and highlights are thanks to its many stars, like Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo and Kenny 'KennyS' Schrub. Even retired CS:GO professionals like Michael 'Shroud' Grzesiek have kept a major following long after they stopped playing competitively.

Shroud is one of the most popular streamers on Twitch, averaging thousands of viewers playing a variety of games.

Think you can do no-scope AWP flicks or grenade lobs that would make your geometry teacher proud? Then sign up with your squad for the Asia Pacific Omen Challenger Series 2019. Registration is open for the Open Qualifiers until these dates:

  • 6 September 2019 for Thailand, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
  • 13 September 2019 for Indonesia and China
  • 20 September 2019 for Malaysia

For all you aspiring and veteran pros out there, this could be your golden ticket to CS:GO limelight. The top six teams from the Open Qualifiers will be invited to the Closed Qualifiers to compete against the best teams of the region.

The Grand Finals will hit Jakarta, Indonesia on November 1–3, 2019. The top twelve teams of the region will compete for the lion's cut of the $50,000 prize pool. Visit to learn more and enter your team!


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