Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is arguably the most popular esport on the planet right now. The fast paced action ensures that the game is easy to pick up for beginners, whilst the complexity involved in mastering the game makes sure that players are not just challenged, but also entertained.
The CS:GO eSports scene is a fast paced and extremely popular one. On top of this, the CSGO betting scene is growing due to the ever increasing audiences of the esport whilst CS:GO tournaments are as exciting and captivating as any sports tournament in the world. The popularity of CS:GO is increasing year by year.
As you can see by the figures below taken from Twitch Metrics, CS:GO has the capacity to pull in big viewership numbers. The esport is one of the most well-watched on Twitch with the majority of CS:GO’s fans and streamers coming from English, Russian and Portuguese speaking countries.
The Gear of the Pros
ProSettings (see infographic at the bottom of this article) have researched the most popular computer gear and software that is used by professional CS:GO players. So, if you are a keen gamer and you want to take your game to the next level, you may want to check out the equipment that the best CS:GO players on the planet are using.
Most Popular Mouse
The most popular mouse, which is used by over 18% of pro CS:GO players is the Zowie EC2-A. This mouse is arguably the most popular one on the market right now. The Zowie EC2-A has fantastic reviews and it’s no coincidence that so many CS:GO pros use this model as their mouse of choice.
Most popular keyboard
The most popular keyboard amongst pro Counter Strike players is the HyperX Alloy FPS. This keyboard is absolutely ideal for first-person-shooter (FPS) games thanks in part to its textured keycaps and red backlit keys. “Dash behind enemy tanks, cut down support characters, spin 180° and escape before they can counter” state the keyboard designers, HyperX.
Most popular mouse mat
The SteelSeries QcK Heavy and the Zowie GS-R are the top two favoured mouse mats within the CS:GO pro community. As any gamer will know, top quality mouse mats are essential in order to play at the top of your game. Both the SteelSeries and the Zowie are designed perfectly for FPS gameplay.
Both mats are equipped with a non-slip rubber base which is designed in order to eliminate unwanted movement. The mats come in a variety of sizes and styles including ‘thick’ and ‘hard’ – you will certainly be able to find one that suits all of your gaming needs.
Most popular monitor
BenQ monitors take up the top three spots in the most popular monitor category. These monitors are marketed as the crème de la crème of gaming monitors for competitive esports gaming. The most popular BenQ monitors amongst the CS:GO pros are the XL2546 and the XL2540 models. Although these monitors are not cheap, they will provide you with the most perfect gaming performance out there.
The XL2546 model provides its users with the smoothest ever gameplay experience thanks to its 240Hz refresh rate and comes equipped with everything for a perfect esports gameplay performance.
Most popular GPU
Graphic Processing Units (GPU’s) are obviously extremely important to the set-up of a pro gamer, so it is imperative that if you want to replicate a pro’s setup, you need a top level GPU. The Geforce GTX models are the most popular and are widely regarded as the best whilst the newer upgraded Geforce GTX GPU’s are unsurprisingly the most used by the pro’s.
The most popular GPU is the latest one in the series – the Geforce GTX 1080 TI. Unsurprisingly, the cost of this product is high – approaching $1000. But the card allows you to play just about every game on ultra-settings with 60fps minimum. There is a reason the Geforce GTX series is so popular, you will not be disappointed.
Most popular headset
One of the most vital tools in a pro gamers arsenal is their headset. A good headset is almost as important as a monitor and a keyboard! Headsets allow players to communicate with their team and in a team game like CS:GO, you will not win many games without communication.
The HyperX Cloud II is by far the most used headset among CS:GO pro’s. At an affordable price of under $100, these headphones are actually very good value for money. They are completely noise cancelling and are the height of comfort thanks to their memory foam ear pads.
Don’t forget, the equipment in this article is absolute top of the range equipment and will increase the fun level of your gaming experiences. However, they will not increase your skill level to that of the pro’s. So don’t go spending all your cash on these gaming items if you’re expecting them to transform you into a pro player.