CS2 & CS:GO Rank Distribution and percentage of players - November 2023

CS2 & CS:GO Rank Distribution and percentage of players - November 2023

The rank and rating distribution in Counter-Strike 2 and CS:GO - updated monthly. Find out the percentage of players by rank and the true value of your skill.

Counter-Strike 2 rating distribution

In Counter-Strike 2, Valve replaced the rank system used in CS:GO with the new CS Rating, which tracks your rank more accurately because it is based on a hard number. There is no info about the highest rating achievable.

In the following video, Valve explains the new rating system, seasonal leaderboards, and skill groups calculated on a per map basis.

Data source

A perfect rank distribution isn’t attainable as Valve doesn’t publicly share the info of our profiles. I believe that the situation was different in the past (early CS:GO era), but they had to establish some limits due to privacy rules, server load, or for gambling regulations.

Every website can only access the data of the users utilizing their services, such as demo analysis, match history, favorite maps and weapons, general performance, and all sorts of detailed stats. By using any of these utilities, we let them scrap info from our profiles, which can be employed also to split the player base across all ranks.

I investigated all the websites available, and in the end I concluded that Leetify is the most reliable one. We will use their data for this distribution.

More rank distributions:

Every month, I will gather the data and update this article. In this way, we will be able to understand how the distribution evolves over time and if there is any difference.

Season 1

November 2023

Counter Strike 2 rank distribution November 2023

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Rating Percentage Rating Percentage
0k 1.4% 11k 3.6%
1k 3.7% 12k 2.7%
2k 7.5% 13k 2.4%
3k 15.5% 14k 1.1%
4k 10.5% 15k 0.7%
5k 9.8% 16k 0.5%
6k 9.6% 17k 0.3%
7k 9.0% 18k 0.2%
8k 10.8% 19k 0.2%
9k 5.9% 20k+ 0.2%
10k 4.6%

Beta season

September 2023

Counter Strike 2 Rank Distribution September 2023
Rating Percentage Rating Percentage
0k 0.0% 12k 6.5%
1k 3.7% 13k 5.1%
2k 2.7% 14k 3.7%
3k 3.9% 15k 2.6%
4k 7.4% 16k 1.7%
5k 7.3% 17k 1.0%
6k 8.2% 18k 0.6%
7k 9.2% 19k 0.3%
8k 9.6% 20k-25k 0.31%
9k 9.5% 25k-30k 0.013%
10k 9.0% 30k-40 0.00092%
11k 7.8%

Currently, there are no players with a rating below 1K, and the best ones are close to 40k.

Comparing CS2 rating to CS:GO ranks

The table below shows the percentage of players at each CS:GO rank compared to the new CS2 rating.

CS:GO Rank CS2 Rating Playerbase %
Silver Elite 1 - Silver Elite Master 0-1999 ~6%
Gold Nova 1 - Gold Nova Master 2000-5999 ~22%
Master Guardian 1 - Master Guardian Elite 6000-8999 ~28%
Distinguished Master Guardian - Legendary Eagle Master 9000-12999 ~29%
Supreme (SMFC) 13000-14999 ~9%
Global Elite 15000+ ~6%

CS:GO rank distribution

Matchmaking update and recalibration

On August 2nd, 2022, Valve released a big update to the CS:GO’s matchmaking system that affected all the players globally.

When you launch CS:GO, you’ll notice that your Skill Group is not displayed–you’ll have to win one more match to reveal your Skill Group. Most of you will notice a change to your Skill Group, but some of you may find that you were already in the right place.

— Valve

Previously, smaller regions had a bottom-heavy distribution, while Europe (the most populated one) had a top-heavy one. Now it should feel harder to rank up in Europe because the players in the top half of the curve have been redistributed. Instead, in North America matchmaking quality should be improved as before there was a high skill gap among players at mid-ranks.

There is certainly room for improvements, but Valve did a good job with the new rank distribution and matchmaking algorithm.

August 2022

Europe

1,130,000 active (they got a rank post-rebalance) European accounts recorded between August 2nd to 16th.

CSGO rank distribution Europe August 2022
Rank Percentage Rank Percentage Rank Percentage
Silver I 1.6% Gold Nova I 7.2% Master Guardian Elite 7.2%
Silver II 2.9% Gold Nova II 8.2% Distinguished Master Guardian 6.1%
Silver III 2.7% Gold Nova III 8.9% Legendary Eagle 4.8%
Silver IV 3.6% Gold Nova Master 9.4% Legendary Eagle Master 4.9%
Silver Elite 4.9% Master Guardian I 9.0% Supreme Master First Class 3.1%
Silver Elite Master 6.0% Master Guardian II 8.3% The Global Elite 1.3%

North America

255,000 active (they got a rank post-rebalance) North American accounts recorded between August 2nd to 16th.

CSGO rank distribution North America August 2022
Rank Percentage Rank Percentage Rank Percentage
Silver I 2.9% Gold Nova I 8.0% Master Guardian Elite 6.0%
Silver II 4.3% Gold Nova II 8.4% Distinguished Master Guardian 4.9%
Silver III 3.7% Gold Nova III 8.8% Legendary Eagle 3.8%
Silver IV 4.9% Gold Nova Master 8.6% Legendary Eagle Master 3.8%
Silver Elite 6.2% Master Guardian I 8.0% Supreme Master First Class 2.6%
Silver Elite Master 7.3% Master Guardian II 7.0% The Global Elite 1.0%

The previous data sources are no longer updated, so for August 2022 I used Leetify. I decided to feature individual graphs on the most populated regions (based on the sample size available): Europe and North America. The region is determined by the servers on which each account played most of their games.

Related: FACEIT CSGO rank distribution

August 2021

CSGO rank distribution August 2021
Rank Percentage Rank Percentage Rank Percentage
Silver I 3.9% Gold Nova I 8.76% Master Guardian Elite 5.24%
Silver II 4.23% Gold Nova II 8.79% Distinguished Master Guardian 4.15%
Silver III 4.37% Gold Nova III 9.05% Legendary Eagle 3.25%
Silver IV 5.21% Gold Nova Master 8.08% Legendary Eagle Master 3.2%
Silver Elite 6.44% Master Guardian I 7.55% Supreme Master First Class 2.64%
Silver Elite Master 7.78% Master Guardian II 6.61% The Global Elite 0.75%

A summary of the data

  • Silver for low-end players. Less than one-third of the player base is ranked at Silver. If you are one of them, be aware that just improving your aim will greatly influence your matches, rank, and game satisfaction.

  • Gold Nova III is the average rank. It goes from the 49.48 to the 58.53 percentile. High-end Gold players deserve more respect as Gold Nova Master almost reaches the 70 percentile.

  • The top 20% of the player base is at Master Guardian Elite or better. Reaching this area is already a considerable achievement so you should be proud of your skills.

  • Only the elite obtains The Global Elite. In the past, it was different, but now only the best players of the Valve matchmaking deserve this title.

February 2021

CSGO Rank Distribution February 2021
Rank Percentage Rank Percentage Rank Percentage
Silver I 4.51% Gold Nova I 8.52% Master Guardian Elite 5.25%
Silver II 4.33% Gold Nova II 8.81% Distinguished Master Guardian 4.07%
Silver III 4.39% Gold Nova III 8.73% Legendary Eagle 3.16%
Silver IV 5.37% Gold Nova Master 8.17% Legendary Eagle Master 3.19%
Silver Elite 6.70% Master Guardian I 7.39% Supreme Master First Class 2.61%
Silver Elite Master 7.70% Master Guardian II 6.30% The Global Elite 0.78%

From August 2018 to March 2019

The statistical tool I use added a disclaimer alerting that their data is updated periodically, so I guess they do not gather it in real-time and we can't expect fresh stats monthly. I wish we had a proper API to track all the changes.

March 2019 update: Still no changes. I believe the statistics won’t be updated unless there is a drastic variation in the percentages.

July 2018

Rank Percentage Rank Percentage Rank Percentage
Silver I 3.90% Gold Nova I 8.76% Master Guardian Elite 5.24%
Silver II 4.23% Gold Nova II 8.79% Distinguished Master Guardian 4.15%
Silver III 4.37% Gold Nova III 9.05% Legendary Eagle 3.25%
Silver IV 5.21% Gold Nova Master 8.08% Legendary Eagle Master 3.20%
Silver Elite 6.44% Master Guardian I 7.55% Supreme Master First Class 2.64%
Silver Elite Master 7.78% Master Guardian II 6.61% The Global Elite 0.75%

June 2018

rank distribution csgo June 2018
 
Rank Percentage Rank Percentage Rank Percentage
Silver I 4.04% Gold Nova I 8.57% Master Guardian Elite 5.35%
Silver II 4.18% Gold Nova II 8.92% Distinguished Master Guardian 4.20%
Silver III 4.34% Gold Nova III 8.85% Legendary Eagle 3.18%
Silver IV 5.31% Gold Nova Master 8.35% Legendary Eagle Master 3.25%
Silver Elite 6.59% Master Guardian I 7.60% Supreme Master First Class 2.55%
Silver Elite Master 7.58% Master Guardian II 6.47% The Global Elite 0.68%
 

May 2018

Surprisingly, the distribution in May was exactly the same as in April.

Honestly, I find it very strange as there wasn't even a minimal 0,01% variation at any rank after 30 days. Maybe there was an issue with the statistical tool.

April 2018

CSGO rank distribution April 2018
 
Rank Percentage Rank Percentage Rank Percentage
Silver I 3.90% Gold Nova I 8.58% Master Guardian Elite 5.39%
Silver II 4.07% Gold Nova II 8.94% Distinguished Master Guardian 4.28%
Silver III 4.25% Gold Nova III 8.87% Legendary Eagle 3.24%
Silver IV 5.25% Gold Nova Master 8.38% Legendary Eagle Master 3.27%
Silver Elite 6.51% Master Guardian I 7.64% Supreme Master First Class 2.59%
Silver Elite Master 7.54% Master Guardian II 6.60% The Global Elite 0.69%
 

Header image: Valve - Data from August 2022: Leetify - Stats from April 2018 to February 2021: CS:GO-Stats - August 2021 data: Total CS:GO

Vincenzo is an esports writer with ten years of experience. Former head editor for Natus Vincere, he has produced content for DreamHack, FACEIT, DOTAFire, 2P, and more. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.