Counter-Strike 2 is now well and truly taking over CSGO, as the date Valve promised to end support for the iconic FPS game has finally rolled around. You can still play a legacy version of CSGO, but as of 2024 Valve will stop focusing on support for the game, which was replaced with CS2 on Steam last year.
January 1, 2024. This is the date that Valve officially let go of CSGO in favor of Counter-Strike 2. While it’s not been a bed of roses for CS2 between the dropping player numbers, disliked changes, and complete erasure of CSGO from the front of Steam, Valve is now pivoting entirely to the game instead of also supporting CSGO, even if you can still technically play the old FPS game.
While you can still play the legacy version of CSGO on Steam, we learned last year that 2024 marks the end of support for the game. “If you are unable to launch Counter-Strike 2 with your current hardware, you can access a legacy version of CSGO,” Valve wrote. “Support for this version of CSGO will end on January 1, 2024.”
Yes, you can still play CSGO over Counter-Strike 2 if you want to, but as Valve already says, “the game will still be available, but certain functionality that relies on compatibility with the Game Coordinator (e.g., access to inventory) may degrade and/or fail.” So don’t expect repairs to any CSGO functionality going forward, with Valve instead turning focus on Counter-Strike 2.
PCGamesN even talked with Counter-Strike 2 pros about the state of the game, with some saying it wasn’t “the game that should have gone out.” In fact, Counter-Strike 2’s player count recently hit an all-time low, and that even takes into account how it uses the same Steam listing as CSGO.
Our own Counter-Strike 2 review breaks down just how Valve almost strikes gold with the highly-anticipated follow-up, while we’ve also put together everything you need to know about Counter-Strike 2 skins and all of the Counter-Strike 2 maps.