On August 9th, CSGO players across the Globe reported outages of the game servers.
The first and common cause of server outages is a new update. When a new update is shipped to the game, the servers can go down for a short while. However, in case of an update, the servers can be up quite quickly.
Another reason behind server outages may be a technical fault in Valve's servers. This is very unlikely to happen but has happened on more than one occasion in the past.
In case you're finding yourself unable to launch CSGO or join a game, you can check for yourself if CSGO servers are down.
CSGO SERVER STATUS
There are a number of websites to check server statuses of popular games like CSGO or DOTA 2, and even the server status of Steam itself. One of the most reliable websites to check server issues is steamstat.us; it shows detailed stats on the statuses of game coordinators of Dota 2, Artifact, CSGO, TF 2 along with reports of server outages.
So next time you find yourself in a similar situation, don't panic and take your time to check if the servers are down. Another renowned website to check server outages is DownDetector. Besides those, you can always follow talk esports to see the latest updates on server outages throughout the world.