If you are a dedicated PC gamer with a library choc full of big name titles then the likelihood is that you own, or at the least have come across, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). As the fourth installment in the stunning First-Person-Shooter (FPS) series, CS:GO had a lot to live up to with its release in 2012. It’s older brother Counter-Strike: Source is a revered title amongst gamers so expectations were set incredulously high by the series’ fanbase for Valve’s latest release.
The game proved to be a hit, and received excellent scores on review sites and aggregators across the web. This prompted millions to make a purchase, and like many small-scale, close-quarter FPS games, opened CS:GO up to becoming a staple eSports title. The game remains played professionally by hundreds of thousands across the globe alongside a massive base of concurrent players. It also continues to rack up award accolades left right and center for excellency in eSports.
One aspect of CS:GO that’s often undermined is its potential as an eSports betting market. Unlike some other FPS games, CS:GO offers a rigid and balanced platform on which eSports athletes can take each other on for millions of dollars in prize money. Top online bookies have certainly caught onto the massive viewing numbers that CS:GO incurs, offering markets on the outcome of some of the biggest eSports tournaments in the world that feature the game.