Counter-Strike Was Accidentally Removed From Steam Today

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Earlier today, anyone trying to find or play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Steam ran into a weird surprise: the game was missing. Just...gone.

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It soon came back, but for a little while there one of the biggest video games on the planet had just up and disappeared. Its store page presented an “OOPS, SORRY!” message, and its concurrent player count went through the floor.

As SteamDB’s Pavel Djundik noted, Counter-Strike wasn’t the only game affected, with a handful of other titles disappearing as well.

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While Valve tells Kotaku the disappearance was “just a hiccup on the backend”, let’s not discount the fact Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has worked every day since 2012 without a break. Maybe it just needed a morning off, enjoy a cup of tea, read a magazine, collect its thoughts for a moment.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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Maybe some new intern was told to remove all games with aggressive gambling and microtransactions and applied it accurately for once?