With 25 million sold, is CS:GO the bestselling game on PC?

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

According to SteamSpy, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has sold 25 million units. This surpasses Minecraft’s sales, which number 24.5 million, making CS:GO the bestselling PC game of the Steam era, and probably of all time.

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To be precise, SteamSpy estimates CS:GO has sold through to 24,965,421 owners. It’s worth noting that SteamSpy isn’t always as accurate as one might hope, and that its own estimate of CS:GO owners has a give-or-take cushion of 124,180. Even removing this many sales gives a figure of 24,841,241, exceeding Minecraft’s 24,537,470 (at time of writing).

The two games have fairly different price points, with Minecraft currently selling for £17.95, whereas CS:GO is priced at £11.99 and usually gets a hefty discount in Steam’s regular sales events.

This, and Steam's ubiquity, will have helped CS:GO, but not all of its sales necessarily represent unique users. Some folk use alternate ‘smurf’ accounts to play at a lower rank than their skill deserves, getting their kicks by thrashing less skilful players. Some also use cheat software, and when they are caught and banned, will simply purchase another copy of the game. Minecraft has less of an issue with alt accounts (though some people do use them to get around server bans).

CS:GO remains solidly in Steam's most-played games chart, generally in second place to Valve's MOBA, Dota 2. As free-to-play games, neither this nor League of Legends, can strictly contend for the 'bestselling' title. Team Fortress 2 has an extraordinary 37 million "owners" on Steam, but went free-to-play in June 2011, and was bundled with several other games in Valve's Orange Box before that, so it probably also doesn't count.

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QDP2(16 days 18 hours played)
11 Months ago

I really wouldn't be surprised if its the most sold PC game, but only in the context that you have to pay to start playing it. WoW and LoL certainly made more money, could you argue they "sold" more? You'd have to look into sales of the original WoW, and each expansion, how much money do they actually make from game purchase, not subscription income, tokens or other store items.

An interesting question, that I unfortunately doubt an answer would ever be reachable.

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11 Months ago

On steam? Yes... Now compare with sales from The World of Warcraft...

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The DJ(23 days 14 hours played)
4 Months ago

Pretty happy that this game has that many copies, but think how many people made new accounts, got banned, or smurf accounts to hack.

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Alkis001 | pvpro.com(3 days 14 hours played)
2 Months ago

welp the n1 game is tetris with about 500 million copies. then comes minecraft with 125 million and the rest can be found on wikipedia