Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) is a 5v5 competitive shooter developed by Valve and Hidden Path Entertainment. The title was the fourth game in the widely popular Counter-Strike series, and made its global release in August 2012.
While CSGO struggled to find success in its early days when compared to its predecessors, it wasn’t long before Valve deployed some much-needed updates to the game and helped it skyrocket in terms of popularity and player count. Over the next few years, CSGO proceeded to overtake DOTA 2 and claim the throne as the most-played game on Steam, a position that it still holds to this day.
To call the esports scene of CSGO one of the biggest in the world would be an understatement. The shooter boasts a continually flourishing esports scene that features massive tournaments with humongous prize pools. CSGO has been awarded “Best eSports Game” at The Game Awards 2017, The Game Awards 2019 and The Game Awards 2020 shows.
With the amount of work that the developers put in to improve CSGO and constant addition of new maps and updates to the game, it’s safe to say that CSGO will continue to hold its head up high in the esports scene for decades to come.
CSGO isn’t a demanding game at all in terms of hardware. In fact, it can easily run on most low-tier PCs out there with playable FPS (Frames Per Second). However we recommend making sure that you get at least 60+ FPS if you’re looking to play CSGO.
Here are the official system requirements of CSGO as stated on the game’s page in the Steam Store:
- Memory: 2 GB
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600
- File Size: 15 GB
- OS: Windows® 7/Vista/XP
- Memory: 8 GB
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G
- OS: Windows 10
File Size: 15 GB
How to Download CSGO
Players looking to try out CSGO can visit Steam and download the game from the platform. However, do remember that you’ll need a Steam account in order to be able to download and play the game.