A new update for the shooter game Insurgency: Sandstorm has completely removed the Competitive mode from the game, indie development studio New World Interactive announced. The removal is part of the game's 1.9.1 update.
According to a recent statement, the development studio behind the game considered the removal of the Competitive mode to be "best for the health and identity of the game" and that the mode "didn't really feel like Insurgency". The announcement was met with mixed responses on social media.
While it is no surprise the game's casual Versus and Co-op modes were significantly more popular, the Competitive mode was still played by a large enough portion of the game's player base that queue times were acceptable between 2 to 10 minutes.