When was CS:GO released is important to remember especially considering Valve recently honoring 20 years of Counter-Strike.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the most recent iteration of Valve's hit squad based first-person shooter, is one of the most popular video games in the world today. On top of being a popular esports title, CS:GO remains a top title on Steam.


But, when was the game released? When did fans make the switch from CS 1.6 and Source? Here's everything you need to know.


When Was CS:GO Released? Remembering Its Release Date


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was first released Aug. 21, 2012. That's seven years of CS:GO and the game is still going strong.


Fans were a bit hesitant to switch from other iterations previously mentioned because the game was revamped. Oddly enough, fans might forget that CS:GO was also initially released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It didn't take off on console, but eventually it would take off on PC. Especially when skins and cases went live in an update.


Valve is currently honoring 20 years of Counter-Strike with a special in-game event. A retro Dust II version is available to play in casual matchmaking, along with nerfs to the over-powered AUG.


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