As CS:GO’s 10th anniversary approaches, Valve has praised the health of the esports ecosystem, saying teams and players earned more than $70 million from in-game items last year.
In the year In a blog post celebrating CS:GO’s upcoming 10th anniversary on Aug. 21, Valve said the game is “stronger than ever,” thanks to its massive player base and recent viewership records, as the iconic FPS title has withstood the test of time. .
The developer recently shared more details on how much the community has invested into the esports ecosystem. Accordingly, in the past 12 months, “more than $70 million” has been raised through in-game items alone.
In-game items from the Stockholm and Antwerp Majors generated more than $70 million for organizations and players.
Valve released Team Stickers prior to the EMS One Katowice Major in 2014 to support the growth of esports, with the right to receive a portion of the company’s sticker capsule sales.
A year later, Valve also began releasing autograph stickers featuring players’ writing before each major to directly support the teams.
Ahead of the PGL Major Stockholm 2021 – the first major in two years due to the global health crisis – Valve has only released signatures from the 40 players who reached the finals. The decision was widely criticized by the CS:GO community, with Valve imposing such restrictions for the Antwerp Major in May 2022.
CS:GO fans will have another chance to support their favorite teams and players by purchasing in-game items in two months, when ESL will host the second Major of 2022 in Rio de Janeiro.