A huge snub to Apple’s gaming ambitions – Valve has no plans to bring Counter Strike 2 to MacOS

MacOS gaming isn’t popular enough for Valve to consider bringing Counter Strike 2 to the platform

Last month, Valve officially launched Counter Strike 2. The game acts as a full-on replacement for Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), with a new engine, tick-rate independent gameplay, and a huge number of visual and gameplay upgrades. The downside? Counter Strike 2 is no longer supported on DX9 GPUs, 32-bit OS’, and is not available on Mac.

In recent years, Apple has been working hard to bring gamers to their MacOS and iOS platforms. On MacOS, Apple has released a new proton-like “Game Porting Toolkit” to bring Windows games to Mac. Additionally, Apple have also been partnering with developers to bring some AAA games to iOS and MacOS, like Resident Evil 4’s Remake. Despite this push, Valve has decided to avoid the Mac ecosystem with their Counter Strike 2 launch.

Why Valve are avoiding MacOS

In a post on Steam, Valve has confirmed that MacOS accounted for less than 1% of active CS:GO players. That’s less than 1% when DX9 and 32-bit OS users are also included. Simply put, Valve are not supporting the Mac ecosystem because they don’t have enough active users on that platform. Valve even states that Counter Strike 2 will “exclusively support 64-bit Windows and Linux”, signalling that the studio has no plans to bring their game to MacOS.

Counter-Strike 2 represents the largest technical leap in CS history, and our goal is to continue to develop Counter-Strike for years to come.

As technology advances, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue support for older hardware, including DirectX 9 and 32-bit operating systems. Similarly, we will no longer support macOS. Combined, these represented less than one percent of active CS:GO players.

Moving forward, Counter-Strike 2 will exclusively support 64-bit Windows and Linux.

Can MacOS users still play CS:GO?

For gamers who do not own compatible hardware, Valve has released a “Legacy CS:GO version” that contains all of the features of CS:GO and lack matchmaking. This build has been “frozen”, and will not be supported beyond January 1st 2024. After this date, the game will not be updated, which means that its functionality may degrade over time.

This legacy version of CS:GO is designed to tide players over until they can upgrade their systems. Counter Strike 2 has relatively low hardware requirements. As such, we do not expect many gamers to be using this legacy CS:GO build.

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