Counter-Strike has been a popular game for years, with players enjoying it on various platforms. While most players experience Counter-Strike on Windows, many players still chose to play Counter-Strike on Mac until this year. Fortunately, the game's servers were shared between the operating systems, allowing player bases to be shared instead of separate.
The Mac version of the game was still receiving updates until the release of CS2, which is not the case for every game on the platform. In fact, players even got the most recent Operation, Operation Riptide, on the Mac version. This article aims to answer the question once and for all – can you play a Counter Strike 2 Mac version?
PLAYING CS2 ON MAC
WHY COUNTER-STRIKE ON MAC WASN'T POPULAR?
Counter-Strike has always been more popular on Windows than on Mac, due to the fact that Macs are more commonly used for other purposes than gaming. For example, music production and video editing are extremely common on Mac, with the hardware tailored to those tasks. Additionally, as frame rate remains an important part of the game, you won’t find many Macs in competitive Counter-Strike. Despite this, the game ran reasonably well on most Macs from the last decade.
DID MAC GET EVERY COUNTER-STRIKE UPDATE?
Up to now, Mac players had access to all of the same content that Windows players had, and were queued together in matchmaking games. This kept consistency across the board, and allowed Mac gamers to remain entirely up to date. However, there is no Counter Strike 2 Mac port right now, and Valve hasn't yet confirmed whether CS2 will be available on Mac. Beta invitations were sent to Windows players only, but there could be a multitude of reasons for that. We would assume that it’ll be available at some point after its initial Windows release.
Valve has generally supported gaming on Mac, so it would be quite a surprise for that to stop. However, recently Valve announced a refund option was being put into place for Mac players, so it doesn’t bode well for the future of Counter-Strike on Mac.