DOTA 2 is looking mighty fine ever since the Reborn beta — the Source 2 version — launched, but it might not be the only Valve game to get an upgrade.
DOTA 2’s massive success and continued growth is certainly something to be proud of, but it’s not the only Valve property aiming for bigger and better things. Problem is, while DOTA 2 is enjoying tournaments and crowdfunding campaigns of gargantuan proportions, fans of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive have been wondering when they might get an International — or similar quality of life updates published for the free-to-play MOBA — of their own.
Erik Johnson, head of business development at Valve, told IGN that the iconic first-person shooter was “growing”. “I’m sure it’ll end up on Source 2 at some point,” Johnson is quoted as saying.
The audience for CS:GO and DOTA 2 on Steam is bigger than the total number of users Steam had a couple of years ago, according to figures released by SteamCharts founder James Gray.
SteamSpy figures place CS:GO’s total user base at just over 15.3 million, although it’s not known how many of those users own multiple accounts (although the prevalence of that would be much lower than DOTA 2, which is free-to-play).
Johnson also moved to quell growing rumours that CS:GO might get an International-style tournament, telling IGN that they were “pretty comfortable with different projects taking different approaches to solve similar problems”. “In some ways, you want to diversify a bunch of decisions across different projects because you zero in on the right answer quickly,” he added.
It’s worth noting that the current tournament structure for CS:GO — where events are wholly run by third-party organisations such as ESEA, ESL, Dreamhack and, locally, sites like Cybergamer — mirrors what was in place when earlier versions of the game spiked in popularity around the turn of the century.
Valve has moved to support CS:GO tournaments in the past through the sale of in-game items and stickers, but a fully crowdfunded, gargantuan annual event like The International appears to be off the radar for now.