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When Was CS:GO Released? – Answered

Another history lesson...

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (abbreviated to CS:GO or CSGO) is currently one of the most popular FPS video games right now, though many players may be unaware of when the game was released and how far the tradition of this franchise goes. In this article, Prima Games will tell you when CS:GO came out and then some more. Enjoy.

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When Was Each Counter-Strike Game in the Series Released?

We keep the Counter-Strike franchise close to our hearts as it was the introductory game to competitive esports (in its primitive stage, though), and we have decided to make a brief informative article that will showcase the entire history of releases of CS and will perhaps intrigue you enough to continue researching the rich history of this game.

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When Was Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Released?

CS:GO can be played on Windows, Mac, PS3, Xbox 360, Linus, SteamOS, and Steam Deck, which was not the case at release, which is just one of many proofs of the growth of the FPS in the past decade. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released on August 21st, 2012, and is developed by Valve Corporation and Hidden Path Entertainment.

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When Was Counter-Strike: Source (CS:S) Released?

Counter-Strike: Source (CS:S or CSS) is probably the least popular game out of the three main games in the franchise.
For the most part, the professional scene seemed to like CS 1.6 more.

Counter-Strike: Source was released on November 1, 2004, on Windows, June 23, 2010, on Mac, and February 6, 2013, on Linux. Valve Corporation, Turtle Rock Studios, and Hidden Path Entertainment developed CSS.

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When Was Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Deleted Scenes Released?

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Deleted Scenes was released on March 23, 2004, as a part of Condition Zero. For Linux and macOS, support was added on September 2, 2013.

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When Was Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (CS:CZ) Released?

Condition Zero was released on Windows on March 23, 2004, and nine years later (March 7, 2013) on macOS and Linux.

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When Was Counter-Strike Released?

There are a few dates that are notable in the history of the original Counter-Strike:

  • June 19th, 1999 – Beta
  • November 9th, 2000 – Mod release (1.0)
  • November 14th, 2000 – Retail
  • March 13th, 2001 – 1.1
  • June 30th, 2001 – 1.2
  • September 12th, 2001 – 1.3
  • April 24th, 2002 – 1.4
  • June 12th, 2002 – 1.5
  • January 16th, 2003 – 1.6

After this date, people globally primarily refer to the “old” Counter-Strike as CS 1.6 since the updates were applied automatically through Steam (back in the day, you had to download patches and run them manually). Dozens of updates to this masterpiece have been done since, the last being on August 18, 2020.

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When Was Counter-Strike Neo Released?

The Japanese Arcade version of CS was released back in 2003 and published by Namco. It’s also anime-themed.

When Was Counter-Strike Online Released?

Also known as CSO/CSOL and developed by NEXON Corporation for the Asian market. It was released on July 24, 2008.

When Was Counter-Strike Online 2 Released?

CSO/CSOL wasn’t enough for these people, so they made a MMOFPS. It came out on November 28, 2013. Some of the features not used in CS:GO were used in this game, such as character customization.

When Was Counter-Strike Nexon: Studio Released?

Formerly known as Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies (CSN:Z), it was released on October 7, 2014. This one is also available in the West, and apart from the regular CS modes, it also has FIVE zombie modes!

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Nikola L
Nikola has been a Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. He has been gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (when gaming was really good!). Nikola has helped organize dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009.