Counter Strike 1.6 Servers Have Officially Shut Down
Today marks the end of an era. An era which has lasted through the ages, providing millions of Counter-Strike players with cheat free servers and ranked matches – The era of the 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
Back in 2003, when the E-Sports Entertainment Association League (ESEA) was founded, it used to offer lessons for improving gaming skills in games like Half-Life, Counter-Strike and Warcraft III. However, it later moved into the e-sports market, and created one of the first ever professional fantasy e-sports league in 2004, with Counter Strike.
Though Counter Strike 1.6 was already big at the time, ESEA went on to making the franchise better by implementing in anti-cheat engines to prevent hackers from playing the game. And that’s not all. ESEA introduced additional features including a system which allowed players of all levels to compete with each other, making the entire CS 1.6 experience better and more competitive. So you can imagine what ESEA meant for CS 1.6 players.
The partnership between ESEA and Counter Strike 1.6 which has lasted 14 years, finally comes to an end as the servers for Counter Strike 1.6 have officially shut down. However, ESEA is not done with providing something for its community members.
As a token for its appreciation for all of those who have been with ESEA since the beginning, all Premium and Insider members will receive a special badge. This badge will be placed on their profile.
But this does not mean ESEA is done with the Counter-Strike franchise as the E-Sports Association is still going strong with the latest title in the CS franchise, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. To learn more about ESEA and its workings, check out its official website.