What's The Average CS:GO Game Length

We all know that CS:GO games can take really long… but what does it look like in practice? In this article, we'll take a look at how long Counter-Strike matches actually are!

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What’s the average game length for a CSGO Match?

The game can last from 10 minutes to over an hour, but we think the average duration is something around 40 minutes. As we all know, it depends on the mode you're playing in, so we've put together this breakdown for each one available. However, it is worth considering the queuing time for the game and the time and server you are playing on; for example, if you decide to play at night, the queuing time may take as long as 5-10 minutes.

Competitive Matchmaking

Let's start with the mode that probably interests most of you — Competitive Matchmaking. The shortest rounds are, of course, the eco rounds, where one team has a significant equipment advantage over the other.

Danger Zone

Matches in Danger Zone mode last about 10 minutes. This is a mode made primarily for for-fun, and Valve targets players looking for a quick game to kill some time.

Casual

Casual is simply 16 rounds of dynamic Counter-Strike gameplay. Matches in this mode last something between 15-20 minutes and hardly ever longer.

Wingman

Wingman is another dynamic play mode in CS:GO. Here, games last about 20 minutes. We think it's safe to say that you're unlikely to play games longer than 30 minutes.

Deathmatch

Deathmatch mode has a maximum duration of 10 minutes, and there is rather no reason not to play it to the end. It's an excellent option to warm up or build up a Profile Rank.

War games

  • Arms Race — Arms Race games typically do not exceed 10 minutes. The phase from the player getting “the golden knife” to the end of the game takes about 2 minutes.
  • Demolition — Here a lot depends on the map, but as with Casual mode, a typical Demolition game takes about 15-20 minutes.
  • Retakes — This is probably the fastest and most dynamic game mode in CS:GO. Matches in Retakes take about 5 minutes to play, and they're never more than 10 minutes long.

What’s the longest a CS:GO match can last?

Some of you may be wondering how long a CS:GO matchmaking game can last, especially when you have to set aside a certain amount of time for a break at work or some sort of meeting. Well, we calculated it for you!

  • One round lasts 1 minute and 15 seconds, and let's assume that in each of those rounds, the Terrorist team managed to plant C4 in the last second, adding an extra 40 seconds every round. That gives us a total of 77 minutes and 30 seconds (1 hour, 17 minutes, and 30 seconds).
  • Warmup (aka time for all players to connect) can take up to 5 minutes and ends with a 4-second countdown.
  • Half-time lasts 15 seconds and only happens once per game.
  • When it comes to buy-phases, this is where things get interesting. Buy-time lasts 15 seconds and repeats 30 times per game. However, two of these buy-phases may last 90 seconds due to potential Timeouts. This gives us 28 buy-time phases lasting 15 seconds and two lasting 90 seconds, which adds up to a maximum of 10 minutes spent in the buy-time phase throughout the entire game.
  • At the end of the round (when you hear “Counter-Terrorist/Terrorist Win”), we can experience a delay of 7 seconds before the next round starts. 
  • And when the game ends, we can see the table with the results, potential drops, and information about our Profile Rank. It all takes a maximum of 45 seconds.

If we add it all up, the maximum game time in Competitive Matchmaking mode is 1 hour, 33 minutes, and 41 seconds. That's 2,3 times more than the average game duration. 

Fun facts

  • Before you queue a game in Competitive Matchmaking mode, the game suggests that the match can last a maximum of 90 minutes. As we have proven in this article, it can be a bit longer.
  • The longest match in Competitive CS:GO history lasted 2 hours and 40 minutes. It was a match between two British eSport teams — team Xenex vs. exceL eSports at the ESL UK Premiership S1 tournament. The game ended with a 46-42 score favoring team Xenex; you can watch it here.
  • As for major tournaments, the longest match took place at ESL One Cologne 2017, and it was a game between Cloud 9 and Natus Vincere. It lasted over 2 hours and ended with a score of 32:34 for NaVi.
  • The maximum CS:GO game length for hostage mode would be 9 minutes and 30 seconds longer due to the extra minute for the hostage takedown.