Counter Strike 1.6 is probably the first game for many gamers. We all have fond memories of sitting with friends playing this game on LAN, shouting and cursing, all in jolly fun. Well, this marks the end of an era, because ESEA (E-Sports Entertainment Association League) has put out a statement announcing that they are officially shutting down servers for Counter Strike 1.6.
Today we salute the end of an era…
CS 1.6 Servers on ESEA have officially shut down.
— ESEA (@ESEA) July 12, 2017
Here’s the announcement from their website:
When ESEA was founded, the only game it supported was Counter-Strike 1.6. Although Counter-Strike had already solidified itself as one of the founders of esports, the growth since its infancy has been staggering. Through all iterations of Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike 1.6 has long been a fan favorite and will go down as one of the best games ever made, period.
In 2014 we officially shut down all CS:S servers, and today we do the same for Counter-Strike 1.6. For many of us Counter-Strike 1.6 has played a large role in our life, from being the basis of lifetime friendships to developing esports legends that many of us still look up to today. It ultimately is what allowed ESEA to be what it is today.
As a token of our appreciation for all of those who have been with us since the start, all current ESEA Premium and Insider members who have previously played a Counter-Strike 1.6 pug, before matchmaking was released, will have a special badge placed on their profile in the near future.
The future is bright for Counter-Strike in esports, and Counter-Strike is here to stay with Global Offensive leading the way. It’s not going anywhere and neither is ESEA. Here’s to another 14 more years, and beyond!
You can however, still play the game, it’s just the official ESEA servers that are down.
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