With a streaming audience 10% as big as its player count, CS:GO is a hit spectator sport thanks to ex-pros and betting

You don’t need us to tell you that in 2016, streaming is kind of a big deal in certain circles. But did you know that the amount of people watching Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is equal to more than 10% of the people actually playing it? We’re talking upwards of 60,000 people at the busiest times, often with tens of thousands of people watching the same channel.

But what is it about Counter-Strike in particular that makes it such a popular spectator sport?

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