A look at Valve's cold stance on CSGO

Despite having a larger player base, CSGO isn't Gaben's favorite kid.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's significant success this year was buried under the fiasco of coaching bug exploits, tournament cancellations, ESIC bans, and everything that went south in 2020. 2020 saw a whirlwind of bizarre events in sports. However, the year was revolutionary for CSGO as Valve's first-person shooter game surpassed the 1 million concurrent player mark for the first time since its release.


Despite a colossal player base, Valve still appears to be sleeping on its iconic creation.


The interesting anecdote by esports historian and CSGO warrior Duncan "Thorin" Shields in Richard Lewis' podcast "By The Numbers" raises a gigantic question mark on the developer's attitude to the game. The esports fan told a story back in 2011 when Valve's father Gabe L Newell compared Navi's steadfast roster to random gamers on the internet, thinking there might be a fair competition between Navi players and CSGO fans.

WHAT WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE IS LIKE ONE OF THESE TEAMS TAKING ON THE INTERNET AND SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE WOULD HAVE TO COME HERE AND TAKE THEM DOWN

Gaben Said

It is not only sad but also disappointing for the fans that the company's co-founder lacks in-depth knowledge of the professional scene. While the video snippet still pisses players off, it does raise a lot of questions for esports intelligence. Is the developer interested in CSGO?

In 2012 Valve sparked a battle showdown between terrorists and terrorists in the form of CSGO. Since then, the game has continued to break and break records. This advancement is attributed to the tournament organizers, CSGO talent, and players, while the developer himself had little to contribute. It's not like GabeN is completely benighted. Statistics show that the developer is well invested on their MOBA side.

VALVE’S BANK IS HEAVILY INVESTED ON DOTA2 SIDE

Latest statistics from esportsearning show how Valve showered Dota2 with love. The prize money beats sports giants like League of Legends and CSGO. Despite fewer tournaments compared to its FPS cousin, Dota2's prize pool is over $ 200 million, double the prize pool in CSGO.

Top Games Awarding Prize Money

Unlike CSGO, where third-party providers actively invest in tournaments, such events are rare in Dota 2. Much of the Dota 2 tournaments are self-financed by the developer. Valve's MOBA currently has a total of 21 majors sponsored by the developers, while CSGO is lagging behind with 15. It's important to note that Dota 2 majors launched two years later as CSGO majors in 2015. GabeN's MOBA turned out to be a little late for the party despite being an early bloomer.

Valve-sponsored Dota 2 tournaments are vastly superior to the few majors in CSGO. Aside from these tournaments, The International draws the most viewers to Dota 2. TI's 25% funding comes from the compendium that players purchase in-game.

This is technically Valve's income that goes into funding TI. This funding, added to the initial prize pool, is many times the CSGO prize pool. For example, the 2018 International winner took home more than $ 11,000,000. With these numbers in mind, the 2018 CSGO Boston Major winner received $ 10.7 million less than the TI winner.

VALVE’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS COMMUNITY ISSUES 

Numbers and statistics aside, the community is not satisfied with GabeN, the creator in general. Recurring controversy in 2020 and developer silence shows that Gabe Newell and the team may not care that much about the game.

Coaching Bug Exploit is a prime example of Valve's indifference. The bug that allowed coaches to get a bird's eye view of the map has been around since 2016. Not only was Valve unable to fix this, but the developer also ignored a complaint made by ninjas in ex-coach Faruk's pajamas, "Pita "Pita as soon as he discovered the bug in 2018.

It took Valve four years to fix a game-changing bug that resulted at the end of many careers and a major fiasco in sports.ESIC resolved the matter, but only after the damage was done.

Recently, the problem of BLAST voice communication has created a massive mess in the community, and it seems like there is no one to keep an eye on community leaders when organizations come into conflict. The discord between CSPPA and BLAST and organizations has created confusion among fans and gamers as to who could possibly fix this. A mess in which community leaders are key participants.

Many would argue that the esports drama shouldn't concern the developer, but it isn't. Sports journalist Richard Lewis on his podcast chose By The Numbers Valve as an arbitrator to do something and calm the drama.

IT’S A MESS, IT’S A F**KING MESS. AND UNFORTUNATELY, FOR ONCE VALVE, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO COME IN AND CLEAN UP THE MESS…

Richard Lewis

However, it is unlikely that anything can wake the developer from a deep sleep.

GABEN’S UNDYING LOVE FOR DOTA 2

GabeN at The International 2016

Valve's father didn't limit his expression of love for Dota 2 to just the money business. The CEO appeared frequently at international events to greet the crowd. His regular visits to Dota 2 events didn't cut CSGO down to anything, but an unwanted kid in Valve's eyes as the CSGO crowd never had the courtesy to see GabeN live.

The creator and maker successfully avoided all occurrences in CGSO history. According to esports insider Rod Breslau, “Faceit has placed an ad” with the CSGO majors.

DOES CSGO NEED GABEN’S ATTENTION? 

The almighty dollar may not be that powerful. In 2020, CSGO set new records in terms of the audience base. The breakthrough of a million concurrent players testifies to the strength of Valve's FPS.

On the other hand, Dota 2's player base declined five months in a row in October, dropping to 723,280 concurrent players, according to the Steam charts. The numbers tell a different story; While Dota 2 may thrive in the money department, CSGO continues to set new records without the love of GabeN.

DotA 2 player base in 2020
CSGO player base in 2020

Whether or not CSGO needs Father GabeN's credit card or not, Thorin explained well in the aforementioned podcast. The International makes Dota 2 great, but MOBA's majors may not be that great.

Thorin made it clear that tier 2 tournaments like Flashpoints have the same amount of prize money as a Dota 2 major; H. $ 1 million. In this case, CSGO doesn't necessarily need any financial support from Valve. The wealth of CSGO tournaments alone proves the thriving health of CSGO sport.

However, an absent father is still a father. The bug issues in CSGO, delayed updates, the lack of interesting developments, and the silence on community issues require higher authority or developer intervention.

The fact that the game continues to grow despite the developer's indifference only proves that CSGO has so much more to offer if Valve pays more attention.

For now, CSGO operations are making up for Valve's years of absence and players seem content with a little attention. The tournament organizers' interest and understanding for Valve's FPS is a glimmer of hope for those who still believe in the legend of CSGO as the player exodus caused by Riot's Valorant continues.

Currently, CSGO is happy with the blood that can be squeezed out of Valve's turnip, while GabeN is gracing other stages of The International.


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