A bid to stop cheaters from Valve has caused the titles player count to decrease massively.
CS:GO is now charging players to access Ranked matches however this action has since seen an incredible decrease of 100,000 players, despite the title remaining one of the most popular titles on Steam.
The title saw a decline on 16.75% in June alone since the Prime matchmaking paywall has been added back at the very beginning of the month.
Previously players were able to make their way to Prime status through gameplay however the recent changes means players will have to fork out $15 to unlock gameplay after a certain point.
The new system was put in place in a bid to combat cheating in the game, however it seems to have had some adverse affects as it has majorly effected the titles player count.
Valve said “New players can still play every game mode, play on community servers, and play workshop maps”.
They also went on to say “However, they will no longer receive XP, Ranks, drops, or Skill Groups; those features are now exclusively available to Prime Status players”.
The change was announced via the official CS:GO Twitter account, the post read “Today we’re making adjustments to non-Prime accounts. We’re also introducing Unranked matchmaking. Information about these changes can be found in today’s Blog Post:”
Of course the community will be happy to see Valve making some changes to combat the cheating issues, although this particular course of action doesn’t seem to have been well received.
CS:GO was first launched back in 2012 and has managed to build up a loyal fanbase which has kept the game popular for nearly a decade, however the title recently changed to free-to-play before it made the decision to add the paywall to Ranked matches.
Valve must be aware of this drop in players but it is unclear what steps they will take next, in the meantime be sure to check back with us at Gamerficial for the latest news and updates.