Popular streamer Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek recently talked about the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitive scene in North America. A lot of professional Esports organizations from NA have departed the scene. Following this, he had a hot take to deliver on the issue. Additionally, he also made a comment about the competitive scene of CS in general.
Shroud was discussing how the NA Esports scene was ‘dying’. He also went on to say that CS: GO as a whole is “undeniably dying”. His take on the issue seems to be rather controversial, sparking debates all around the world. Most of whom that took offense to it were former professional players who are still emotionally attached to the game.
Shroud says Counter-Strike: Global Offensive “has been dying for the past 20 years”
A lot of people have been suggesting that Valve’s immensely successful title has been dying for a while. However, Ex-Professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Jacob “Pimp” Winneche disagrees with everyone who has that opinion.
Frustrated by these comments, Jacob tweeted a response on the issue.
“Counter Strike has been dying for the past 20 years, and will most likely continue to die for the next 20 years.”
Counter Strike has been dying for the past 20 years, and will most likely continue to die for the next 20 years.
I’ve been dying the past 25 years and will hopefully continue my path to death the next 25 years as well.
Get a grip kids, go play whatever the fuck makes you happy.
— Jacob "Pimp" Winneche (@Pimp_CSGO) October 20, 2020
Jacob feels that while players have been assuming that CS is dying, they have been making a similar assumption since 1.6 came out. However, the game has been flourishing just like it always has. There might be some competition like Valorant in the scene, but CS: GO isn’t going anywhere.
Furthermore, Jacob also thinks that the opinions of a few people don’t matter. Therefore, he asked players to, “Get a grip kids, go play whatever the fuck makes you happy.”
The debate surrounding the life of games is quite often. However, coming from a person like Shroud, not a lot of people expected it. Moreover, CS: GO has become an evergreen over the years and NA might be unstable, but the comp scene of EU still has a lot of money pumping in the game.
The likes of Cloud9 spending around $6 million to complete their roster is still a good sign for the game. Just like Jacob says, the game is going to be around for much longer than a lot of people think.