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Making your new CSGO server popular

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Before starting, i am assuming your server is already set up and ready to be aired.


So, learning how the system works is a mess, there's really not many official documents on how it works. I am only telling you all this from my own experience owning a top 10 world's most popular surf server.





Front view




Fast Download Server




The server location is really important, if it's in New York city, you will most likely end up with a very popular server with connections from Canada and around the US. The locations is important because if it's far away from everything it won't popup on the masterlist. The masterlist ranks on location, ping times and so on.


It's very important to provide a low ping rate for people who play on your server. You can do this by many things, but most importanly is your connection. If you have a 5/5 Up-/download, your server might not be as popular.

Front View:

Front view is very important if you want regular players, if you have everything set up nicely, players will most likely come back. This means, they enjoyed how it was playing on the server and that is very important.


The server title does a huge job in collecting players. If they spot 102.4 tickrate, fastdl etc. in the title you will most likely attract skilled players. Skilled players are very important for your enviroment, they will most likely talk in the voice chat and share whatever they have.


Plugins is important because if you're running some shitty plugins that makes the server lag or does a bad job at what it's supposed to do, then your players most likely won't come back. If they're however doing an amazing job, you will be able to take donations etc. too.


Tagging your server is really good, because the tags are the first thing people will search for if they don't know how to filter. I usually tagged my servers name, tickrate, fastdl, and so on. It will bring some noobish players to your server, which is also very healthy.

Fast Download Server:

Having a webserver in a different location is good because it'll make the downloads go way faster than it usually would do if you would download it straight from the server which can also impact the server performance. Players will connect faster and it'll make everyone happy.


Having a good and positive enviroment for your players is really important, if a player connects and get shit on, will he stay? Most likely not. Might not come back, but maybe he will. So if a player joins and you know he's knew, i recommend starting conversations with them etc.

Moderators / Administrators are also important to provide a good enviroment to mute spammers etc.


To kick-off your server in the beginning make your friends join it, it will rank the server higher in the masterlist if they filter for players. If atleast 10 people see that there's 5 people on this server, they most likely will join which adds 10+ more players to the playerlist. Which will make your server go higher up in the sky.


Thank you for reading, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave them down below.


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