In 1999, Valve Software released the title, Counter-Strike as a modification to the popular game, Half-Life. Though it was met with a slow start, it rapidly skyrocketed in popularity and success; gaining many modifications in the form of Condition Zero, Source and now, Global Offensive.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game. Similar to previous Counter-Strike games, Global Offensive is an objective-based multiplayer first-person shooter. Players play as Terrorists or Counter Terrorists, and must complete objectives while attempting to eliminate the enemy team. There are Matchmaking, Community Leagues, and Tournaments sponsored by major corporations – including Valve. Most notably, and popular with the crowds, are the 4 Valve Sponsored Major Tournaments every year. Netting 1 million consecutive viewers in 2015’s ESL ONE Cologne event, majors offer a prize pool of USD $250,000 and a chance for teams to qualify for the big stage.