Counter Strike 2

Valve Drops Support for Counter-Strike 2 on Mac, Citing Low Number of Players

Valve Corporation, the renowned video game developer, has recently announced its decision to discontinue support for Counter-Strike 2 on the Mac platform. This move comes shortly after an upgrade from the popular game Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), which unfortunately rendered Counter-Strike 2 unplayable on Mac.

Counter-Strike 2 was introduced as a replacement for CS:GO just last month, with an update that was meant to benefit all players, including those on Mac. However, this update unexpectedly caused issues and lack of support from Valve resulted in both the original game and Counter-Strike 2 being unplayable on Mac.

In an official statement on Steam, Valve defended its decision by stating that Counter-Strike 2 represents a significant technical leap in the history of Counter-Strike, and their main goal is to continue the development of the game for years to come. As part of their development plans, Valve has decided to end support for older hardware, including DirectX 9 and 32-bit operating systems, as well as Mac. According to Valve, these platforms collectively make up less than one percent of active CS:GO players.

Moving forward, Counter-Strike 2 will exclusively support 64-bit Windows and Linux systems, as confirmed by Valve. As a gesture of goodwill towards affected players, Valve is making a “legacy” version of CS:GO available to those who are unable to launch Counter-Strike 2 on their current hardware. However, it is important to note that support for this legacy version of CS:GO will also end on January 1, 2024. Valve is offering Prime Status Upgrade refunds to those players impacted by this decision, and the refund facility will be available until December 1, 2023.

The legacy version of CS:GO is essentially a “frozen” build of the game that retains all its features except for official matchmaking. Valve has cautioned that after January 1, 2024, certain functionalities dependent on compatibility with the Game Coordinator, such as access to inventory, may degrade or fail.

While the Mac user base for CS:GO constituted less than one percent of the overall player population, Valve’s decision has still been received as a significant blow to Mac gaming, particularly for those who have enjoyed CS:GO on the platform for the past decade. The recent user review rating for CS:GO’s successor, Counter-Strike 2, on Steam is described as “mixed.” Although all reviews for CS:GO are labeled as “very positive,” Valve transferred these reviews when they replaced the original game with its sequel. Some players have voiced their disappointment regarding the lack of features available in Counter-Strike 2 that were present in CS:GO.

For gamers who are just starting out with Counter-Strike 2, it would be beneficial to explore our beginner tips specifically designed for new players. The game has undergone significant changes and improvements, and these tips will aid in getting familiar with the new mechanics and gameplay of Counter-Strike 2.