CS2 on Mac – Will It Ever Be Available?

Want to play CS2 on Mac? Learn the harsh reality and discover why Valve decided to no longer provide support to macOS.

After the release of CS2, Mac owners were hit with some bad news – Valve will not provide support for Mac users who want to play the newest version of Counter-Strike.

The decision was justified straightforwardly: the users who want to play CS2 on Mac represent less than 1% of the total player base.

Can You Play CS2 on Mac?

Will We Ever Be Able to Play CS2 on Mac?

Valve does not want to lose customers by ignoring their needs like any other company.

But to make Counter-Strike 2 available for Mac, a significant amount of effort and money would need to be invested. So, from a business perspective, the percentage of Counter-Strike Mac players would have to be substantially larger to justify the investment.

In the future, if the demand for CS2 on Mac grows, Valve might start taking this demand more seriously. But for now, it doesn’t make sense.

Related: When Did CS2 Release?

Why Isn’t CS2 Supported on Mac?

While the exact reasons haven’t been explicitly stated by the developers, several factors likely contributed to the lack of Mac support for CS2:

  • Market Share: Macs represent a significantly smaller portion of the gaming market compared to Windows PCs. This means developing and maintaining a Mac version might not be financially viable for the developers.
  • Technical Challenges: CS2 may rely on technologies like DirectX, which are not natively supported on macOS. Porting the game to use Apple’s Metal API could be a complex and time-consuming process.
  • Focus on Modern Technologies: The developers might be focusing their resources on newer titles and technologies that support cross-platform compatibility from the ground up.

Is There Any Hope for Mac Users?

While there’s no official Mac version of CS2 available, a few options exist for those determined to get their CS fix:

  • Bootcamp: This utility allows you to partition your Mac drive and install Windows alongside macOS. Once Windows is installed, you can download and play CS2 like on a PC. However, Bootcamp requires a significant amount of free disk space and some technical expertise.
  • Cloud Gaming Services: Platforms like GeForce Now and Shadow stream games from remote servers directly to your Mac. While a decent internet connection is crucial, this option eliminates the need to install anything locally. However, latency issues can sometimes affect gameplay.
  • Wine/Proton: These compatibility layers attempt to run Windows applications on Linux-based systems, which macOS can technically run. While some users report success with CS2 using Wine or Proton, the experience can be unpredictable and require tinkering.

Related: Counter Strike 2 System Requirements

The Future of CS2 on Mac

Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that CS2 will ever receive official Mac support. However, the gaming industry is constantly evolving, and here are some potential future scenarios:

  • Cross-Platform Development: If the developers adopt a more cross-platform development approach in future titles, then there’s a chance we might see future Counter-Strike games playable on macOS.
  • Community Efforts: The open-source gaming community is known for its ingenuity. If there’s enough interest, a community-driven solution like a playable port of CS2 for Mac might emerge.

Other Priorities

CS2 on Mac

Right now, Gabe Newell is probably a lot more concerned about the high percentage of players who were lost in the transition from CS:GO to Counte­r-Strike 2 simply because of the bugs and missing features of the new game.

If you’ve been playing Counter-Strike for at least a year, you probably know that CS:GO used to have lots of cool features that allowed players to have fun with their friends.

Many of those features are currently not available and it may take a long time for them to come back.

At its peak, CS:GO had, on average, more than 1.1 million online players. Right now, CS2 has less than 800.000. That’s a loss of more than 300.000 online players (on average), which translates into millions of lost players in total.

The numbers indicate that the game has lost around a third of its player base in less than six months, which isn’t good. So the thought of allocating programmers to a project that would yield very low returns probably doesn’t even cross Gabe’s mind at this point.

But, given enough time, we might see a return of Counter-Strike on Mac.


Unless they’re willing to wait for at least 3-5 years, Mac users should consider buying regular PCs to enjoy Counter-Strike 2. The game is not very demanding, so even a budget build will be sufficient.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you play CS2 on a Mac?

No, you cannot. Not at this time, at least.

Why doesn’t CS2 work on a Mac?

Because Valve no longer provides support for macOS, DirectX 9, and 32-bit operating systems.

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William Westerlund

William is an author, editor, and an avid gamer with over 10.000 hours in CS:GO (Counter-Strike 2). He also enjoys playing Rust, Dota 2, and TF2 but never became a top 1% player in any of those games.