Betting content and odds supplier BETER’s Esports General Manager Evgeniy Bekker explains why Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) keeps improving as a game, an esport, and a betting product.
FPS Games Better Than CS:GO
This month in Copenhagen, 12 of the world’s greatest esports organizations began competing for a $177,500 (£143,200) prize pool at the BLAST Premier Spring Groups 2023.
One of the most prestigious CS:GO competitions ever, BLAST Premier will kick off its 2023 season with this event. Other prominent series, such as ESL Pro League, and large international tournaments known as “Majors” have also entered the fray.
Since its release in August 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) has become one of the most popular esports to watch and wager on.
In November of 2022, CS:GO had 1.12 million peak concurrent players on Steam, according to data compiled by Statista. Players peaked at just over 715,000 in January of 2018, demonstrating the game’s consistent ability to attract and retain a large audience.
What makes CS:GO tick?
Simple in concept and execution.
CS:GO is a co-op FPS that features multiplayer matches. Competitors include both terrorists and counter-terrorists. Due to the game’s straightforward nature, you won’t have to spend hours trying to decipher the controls or master the rules. This not only simplifies the game for players, but also makes it easier to watch for esports and betting viewers.
Constant updates add additional content to the game. ‘Operations’ are a sort of downloadable content that introduce new maps, skins, exclusive collections, patches, cases, and player models. It’s a nice change of pace and a good way to get players who temporarily stopped playing back in when the new feature is announced. The esports community will also benefit from the adjustments made to the game, since they will keep the title competitively relevant.
Consistent expansion of e-sports
The esports community around the game has been flourishing for more than a decade, and the game’s popularity among players has only increased in that time. Five of the ten most-watched CS:GO esports tournaments ever took place in 2021 and 2022, according data aggregator Esports Charts. Even the PGL Major Antwerp from the previous year attracted almost 2.1 million peak viewers. Increased exposure from the growing esports community is good for the game’s mainstream appeal and betting markets.
BETER, a supplier of betting content and gaming solutions, has just reintroduced 55 CS:GO matches on our esports platform ESportsBattle due to the game’s continued popularity in the esports industry. Games are played in a Best-of-Three style, with each map taking between 40 and 45 minutes on average. Each month has 300 games.
More effective in a 2v2 CS:GO match
Additionally, from January 2021, the site has hosted 2v2 CS:GO matches. Over the course of a month, there are over 770 maps played in these Bo5 battles, and each map typically lasts between 25 and 27 minutes. This is because punters may put their wagers and learn the outcome of the match more quickly because to the contest’s shorter length.
BETER hosts its own tournaments and broadcasts over 400 international esports competitions every year, including some of the most prestigious CS:GO tournaments in the world. The company’s trading staff delivers an esports odds feed and reliable uptime to its operator partners, including coverage of the aforementioned BLAST competition.