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CS:GO update adds griefing report changes and Mocha, Pitstop tweaks

It's all going on in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive today. Valve has just launched a $1 million 'Dreams and Nightmares' art contest that's looking for ten original, fan-designed weapon skin designs to bring to the game, and we've also got a new update, too. This one makes a change to how griefing reports are handled and folds in some tweaks to two of the FPS game's maps. "Players that receive unusually high amounts of griefing reports will get a warning, followed by escalating competitive cooldowns," Valve explains in the latest CS:GO patch notes. It's not clear exactly how this will play out from the notes themselves, as they don't go into any more detail than this. However, it looks like fans on Reddit have spotted what the warning players who've received high numbers of griefing reports get will say: "You have been receiving significantly more griefing abuse reports than most players. If this continues you will receive a matchmaking cooldown penalty." Beyond this change, Pitstop and Mocha have received a fresh batch of adjustments. For the former, there are improvements to the map's skybox and fog, and a new dev texture and some fixes to various bits and pieces. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO devs launch 'Dreams and Nightmares' $1 million art contest CS:GO Major organiser "still hopes" the event can go ahead in Stockholm CSGO's player count has fallen by nearly 17% since Valve started charging for Prime

CS:GO devs launch 'Dreams and Nightmares' $1 million art contest

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developer Valve has launched a new competition for the FPS game's fans which it "believe to be one of the largest art contests ever in gaming". The event's called 'Dreams and Nightmares' and has a prize pool of a whopping $1 million. The contest is all about designing new CS:GO weapon skins around the theme of - yep, you guessed it - dreams and nightmares. The developer says it's on the lookout for ten "original and shippable, dream-themed weapon finishes" in a press release, and that each of those winning entries will earn their creator $100,000, as well as get added into the live game. To get an idea of what the studio's looking for, you can head to a new site Valve's launched for the contest at that link, which is full of examples of the kind of flavours and themes the studio's keen to see. There are also some handy links to guides that can help you make your own weapon finish on the site if you're keen to enter but are new to creating workshop content. The studio also stresses that "all elements of the submission must be original", and encourages entrants to include "concept art, mood boards, and images from which you have pulled inspiration" to show your process. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO update adds griefing report changes and Mocha, Pitstop tweaks CS:GO Major organiser "still hopes" the event can go ahead in Stockholm CSGO's player count has fallen by nearly 17% since Valve started charging for Prime

Valve announces $1 million CS:GO art contest celebrating 10 years of the Steam Workshop

It's coming close to 10 years since the Steam Workshop went live and so Valve are doing something special. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a big art competition going live tomorrow (July 22, 2021) for 10 lucky people to win. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/07/valve-announces-1-million-csgo-art-contest-celebrating-10-years-of-the-steam-workshop

Announcing the CS:GO Dreams & Nightmares Workshop contest

Announcing the CS:GO Dreams & Nightmares Workshop contest On July 22nd the CS:GO team is launching the $1 Million Dreams & Nightmares Workshop Contest. We are looking for 10 original dream or nightmare-themed weapon finishes for CS:GO. Each of the 10 winning entries will earn $100,000. Beyond submitting your original weapon finish to the CS:GO Workshop, all you need to enter is a non-limited Steam account. And yes, teams of more than one person can also enter. To help content creators get a better feel for what we’re looking for we’ve launched a dedicated web site for the contest. Here you will find more info on the types of finishes we’re looking for, examples of the Dreams & Nightmares theme, info on how to enter, details of the contest, and more. We've also created a sub forum in CS:GO's Discussions for artists, technical artists, and others to collaborate on contest-themed submissions and ideas. We launched the Workshop on Steam almost 10 years ago in the hopes of creating a centralized hub for community created content. Since then, over five million content creators have submitted and published over 20 million new items for a variety of games on Steam, making them available to millions of gamers around the world. And, as everyone who plays these games knows – including CS players – many of the most iconic in-game items, maps, and more have been authored by members of the community. The Dreams & Nightmares Content Contest is designed to help further support this community. If you have any questions or comments about the contest, please email us at csgoteamfeedback (at) valvesoftware (dot) com using the subject “Dreams & Nightmares.” Get started today; submissions are due October 21, 2021!

Valve kicks off $1 million art contest for new Counter-Strike skins

"finish" is CS:GO’s official terminology for a skin: As defined at counter-strike.net, they "can be applied to a weapon and that weapon will have an appearance ranging from factory new to battle-scarred." Finishes can be just about anything, from solid colors to literal fire, and if you've got a cool idea for a new one, Valve might want to give you a whole lot of money for it... Read more.

CS:GO Major organiser "still hopes" the event can go ahead in Stockholm

PGL, the organiser behind the CS:GO Major, has said it's still hopeful that this year's event can go ahead as planned in Stockholm, Sweden, but has revealed that it's "in touch with two other European countries" that might be potential backups should anything change. The PGL CS:GO Major in Stockholm is due to take place on October 23, with the big finale on November 7, and is set to be the first LAN Major since summer 2019. However, with the global pandemic still ongoing, rules around what can be hosted in Sweden have meant there are some questions hanging over the tournament. For example, the biggest event in the Dota 2 calendar - The International 10 - recently had to be moved to Bucharest, Romania from its original planned host city, Stockholm, due to Swedish officials deciding that esports could not be classified as 'elite sporting events'. The organisation explains that it's currently "in direct discussions with the Swedish authorities and working together to find a solution to still host the PGL Major in Stockholm", and details some of the restrictions that the event might face, though it notes that these could potentially lift on September 15, depending on the state of things around the pandemic at that time. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO update adds griefing report changes and Mocha, Pitstop tweaks CS:GO devs launch 'Dreams and Nightmares' $1 million art contest CSGO's player count has fallen by nearly 17% since Valve started charging for Prime

PGL "still hopes" to host CS:GO Major in Sweden, confirms two backup hosts

The CS:GO Stockholm Major is set to be the first Counter-Strike major to be played on LAN since August 2019. However, with the Swedish government's tough stance on whether esports events should qualify as major sporting events, big questions have been raised as to whether Stockholm will actually be able to host the major at all. With Dota 2's The International 10 already having to be delayed and relocated to Bucharest, Romania due to the Swedish government's stance on esports, many are expecting the CS:GO Major's organiser, PGL, to announce the same. However, in an update today, PGL says it is still trying to come to an arrangement to host the event in Stockholm, but confirms it has two backup countries that fit the requirement to play host if anything changes. "For the city to be the heart of Counter-Strike later this year, we have to stick to the initial terms of the project: we need to fly all the qualified players into Sweden and to entertain a large number of spectators inside the venue," PGL says in a statement. "The current restrictions in Sweden allow for only 300 spectators within the Avicii Arena, but these restrictions might be lifted after September 15, depending on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Heroic CS:GO player tests positive for COVID-19 at IEM Cologne 2021 CS:GO players are using dental floss sticks to help them no scope

CS:GO player count dips after Valve starts charging $15 for Ranked

recent effort to curb cheating in CS:GO may be affecting the player base of one of Steam's biggest games. In a June 3 patch, Valve issued a complete rework of CS:GO's Prime status, a designation required to play Competitive that players previously earned by playing enough of the game or buying it. From June onward, Prime status can only be bought for a flat $15, turning a soft play wall into a firm paywall... Read more.

Heroic CS:GO player tests positive for COVID-19 at IEM Cologne 2021

Heroic will play under quarantine at IEM Cologne after one of its CS:GO players tested positive for COVID-19. The positive result was discovered during the standard testing procedure which is required to leave the three-day quarantine before IEM Cologne, which is the first CS:GO LAN event since the pandemic began. ESL and Heroic didn't identify which player has tested positive, but both state he had not been in close contact with ESL staff or other players, except the teammates he travelled with. "Based on the currently available facts, the entire Heroic team will remain in quarantine in accordance with our protocol. The player is in good condition and Heroic have decided to continue to compete from inside their quarantine," the ESL statement reads. According to Heroic's statement , all players and staff are "without symptoms and in good condition," with all team members remaining quarantined inside their hotel rooms. The German health authorities have also been informed of the incident. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? PGL "still hopes" to host CS:GO Major in Sweden, confirms two backup hosts CS:GO players are using dental floss sticks to help them no scope

CS:GO players are using dental floss sticks to help them no scope

Once upon a time, when no scopes defined how good or bad you were, players started putting scotch tape on their televisions so they always knew where the centre of their crosshair was. Now though, it looks like one Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player has taken that up a notch. TikTok user 'csgogoezhack' has discovered you can pull off some incredible AWP no scopes by using dental floss sticks in a certain way. Yep, you heard that right. They're using a custom flosshair that's not only good for your teeth, but your gaming skills too. By gently taping the stick to the screen with the floss facing upwards, csgogoezhack frames their crosshair, giving them a window (literally) of opportunity every time someone walks past. As soon as someone enters the flosshair of doom, the AWP is fired, resulting in a super easy CS:GO no scope. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PGL "still hopes" to host CS:GO Major in Sweden, confirms two backup hosts Heroic CS:GO player tests positive for COVID-19 at IEM Cologne 2021 CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

Counter-Strike's latest patch says don't cheat please

You've got to love the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developers. Bemoaned by fans for a lack of communication, never fixing the 'right' things, and seemingly ignoring the community's repeated requests for things like higher tick servers, Valve's crack team nevertheless stick their heads over the parapet every few months and throw us a bone. At which point, everyone complains that said bone lacks the all-important marrow, it's the wrong type of bone, and we didn't ask for a god damn bone anyway Gaben pls... Read more.

Release Notes for 7/6/2021

– Premier matchmaking can now be selected together with other competitive maps. – Added competitive matchmaking presets and ability to save/load favorite map selections. – Added a link to CS:GO Fair Play Guidelines when playing on official game servers. – Bullet penetration check will ignore the firing player model entirely. – Fixed bot difficulty selector to correctly apply for offline with bots War Games matches. – Stability improvements.

CSGO's player count has fallen by nearly 17% since Valve started charging for Prime

The average player count for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dropped almost 17% in the last month, the highest drop-off in players since April 2018 - the third-highest fall in a single month since the popular FPS game came out - which may be attributed to Valve's decision to start charging for Prime matchmaking. According to SteamCharts (via DotEsports), the average player count in CS:GO for May was 659,889 people, but then fell significantly to just 549,347 players in June - a drop of around 110K players in a single month, or 16.75%. The only months with a higher fall in player count in the game's history are April 2018 (18.4%) and straight after launch in October 2012 (32.88%, which CS:GO quickly made back up again). While we can't be certain, it seems likely that the reason for the change is because of Valve's recent decision to start charging players who want access to Prime matchmaking - so now players have to pay $15 to get Prime status and get all of its features, such as ranked play, drops, Skill Groups, or the ability to receive XP. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO update means new players will now need to pay for ranked This CS:GO map takes the fight to GTA's Grove Street Chunky CS:GO patch brings Ancient, Grind, Mocha, Cache map changes

CS:GO moan bind: how to set up a player radio moan keybind

Keybinds are a big talking point in competitive Counter-Strike, with players often researching the binds of their favourite CS:GO pros to see which actions they map to which keys or buttons. Recently though, a rather strange discovery using CS:GO's player radio function has seen players looking for a rather different keybind. It's not one to aid in gameplay, but one that will instead bewilder your teammates and opposition instead. It has come to be known as the CS:GO moan keybind. Why is it called that? Well, because with the press of a key, you can trigger the 'moan' you hear from a CS:GO character's death cry. Recently, players have managed to create commands for the player radio that can not only result in your character making some questionable noises, but also produce messages that trick people into thinking you've been VAC banned. It's all rather bizarre. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Heroic CS:GO player tests positive for COVID-19 at IEM Cologne 2021 CS:GO players are using dental floss sticks to help them no scope CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

CS:GO players are bamboozling teammates with custom radio messages

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players have recently found a new form of entertainment after the recent emergence of radio commands. The discovery means players can paste codes into the in-game console, which needs to be enabled under game settings, and play voice clips on demand. There is even the option to bind a death sound to a key so that players can make their own dedicated moan button. But now, as players continue to experiment with radio commands, more and more techniques are being unearthed. Unsurprisingly, the online community have found a new way to use their new-found powers for evil with fake in-game messages to confuse others in their lobby. Now that most are familiar with the alt-f4 pranks, CS:GO players can instead troll each other with messages that are almost indistinguishable from official messages sent in the chat by the game. Though, there is a limit to the trolling as seeimgly only teammates can see these messages. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Heroic CS:GO player tests positive for COVID-19 at IEM Cologne 2021 CS:GO players are using dental floss sticks to help them no scope CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive now charges £10.89 for access to ranked

New Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players now need to pay for ranked play, Valve has announced. Previously, new players of the free-to-play competitive first-person shooter had access to drops, ranks, skill groups, and a free path to Prime (paid) matchmaking. Valve said that over time, these benefits had become "an incentive for bad actors to hurt the experience of both new and existing players". Read more

CS:GO update means new players will now need to pay for ranked

An important change has come to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that affects what kind of content new players who dip into it for free can access. As of some new adjustments to the FPS game's free version - as opposed to CS:GO played with its purchasable Prime Status - new players will now have to fork out for a bunch of features they previously had access to, including ranked play. While noting "it's as important as ever that anyone in the world can pick up and play the game for free", in a dev post announcing the changes, Valve says that, unfortunately over time access to features like drops, ranks, skill groups, and a free path to Prime matchmaking have "become an incentive for bad actors to hurt the experience of both new and existing players". So, the studio's made some changes to the goods on offer for those newbies not signed up to Prime. Going forward, new players who haven't bought the status upgrade won't get XP, ranks, drops, or skill groups, as these will be reserved specifically for Prime players. The good news, though, is that newcomers can still hop into all of the game's modes, community servers, and community maps. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This CS:GO map takes the fight to GTA's Grove Street Chunky CS:GO patch brings Ancient, Grind, Mocha, Cache map changes A CS:GO modder has taken Cobblestone back to its roots

New players have to pay to play ranked CS:GO now

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has introduced a paywall for its Prime upgrade, in an attempt to cut the number of cheaters players encounter, especially in ranked mode. CS:GO has been free-to-play for over three years, and while this has helped maintain a healthy playerbase, it also allowed cheaters and hackers to freely access every portion of the game. However, Valve has reversed this decision and removed a free path to Prime status from the game. The developer explains its decision in a blog post, citing that " benefits have become an incentive for bad actors to hurt the experience of both new and existing players." This means that free-to-play Counter-Strike players can no longer receive XP, ranks, drops, or Skill Groups. However, every game mode is still available, as are community servers and workshop maps. Valve has simply put ranked mode behind a paywall in order to discourage cheaters. As it stood, players who were banned for cheating could simply make a new account and progress enough to achieve Prime status, before cheating in high-level CS:GO ranked lobbies and ruining everyone's experience again. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best CS:GO skins CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person"

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive kicks free players out of ranked matchmaking

Free-to-play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players will no longer be able to earn XP, ranks, drops, or have skill groups assigned to them, following Valve's latest changes to the game's Prime system... Read more.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets some big changes for non-Prime accounts

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is going through some changes, as Valve attempt to deal with the bad actors now it's free to play with big changes to non-Prime accounts. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/06/counter-strike-global-offensive-gets-some-big-changes-for-non-prime-accounts

Adjustments to Non-Prime

Adjustments to Non-Prime CS:GO went free to play over two years ago and is still going strong. We see new players entering CS:GO all the time, and it’s as important as ever that anyone in the world can pick up and play the game for free. Along with all the gameplay that we made available for free, new players had access to drops, Ranks, Skill Groups, and a free path to Prime matchmaking. Unfortunately, over time, those benefits have become an incentive for bad actors to hurt the experience of both new and existing players. So today we’re revising the offering for new players. New players can still play every game mode, play on community servers, and play workshop maps. However, they will no longer receive XP, Ranks, drops, or Skill Groups; those features are now exclusively available to Prime Status players. New players can still upgrade to Prime by purchasing the Prime Status Upgrade from the Steam store, however there is no longer a free path to Prime. And if you purchase the upgrade in the next two weeks, your current Skill Group and XP progress will carry over. Introducing ‘Unranked’ When new players play Competitive, Wingman, and Danger Zone, their matches will still use skill-based matchmaking, but players will not earn a Skill Group. Prime players can also play Unranked matches, where their Skill Group will not be affected and where there are no lobby Skill Group restrictions. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a new arrival, GL and HF! Today's release notes can be found below. Release Notes for 6/3/2021 Non-Prime status accounts will no longer earn XP, Ranks, Skill Groups, item drops, or Prime status through play time. Non-Prime accounts will not be able to participate in Ranked matches. Non-Prime accounts will not be able to activate Bonus Rank XP items and can no longer claim Service Medals. Introducing Unranked matches for Competitive, Wingman, and Danger Zone game modes. While still formed using skill-based matchmaking, Unranked matches do not affect Skill Group and have no Skill Group party restrictions. Non-Prime accounts are restricted to Unranked, whereas Prime accounts may choose between Ranked and Unranked. Ranked matches will always be with other Prime players, exclusively, whereas Unranked matches will be created from the mixed pool of Non-Prime players and Prime players that have chosen to play Unranked. Added "DebugDrawBoxAngles" to draw oriented bounding boxes. Usage: DebugDrawBoxAngles( ent.GetOrigin(), ent.GetBoundingMins(), ent.GetBoundingMaxs(), ent.GetAngles(), r, g, b, a, time); Added "GetBoundingMinsOriented" and "GetBoundingMaxsOriented" functions that return the axis-aligned bounding box of an entity taking its current orientation into account. Scrimmage has been removed from Competitive matchmaking, and has been replaced by Unranked matchmaking. Added Import button to Workshop Workbench that takes a .tga file and generates a .vtf file. If the .tga file name contains "_normal" the generated .vtf file will be compiled with the 'normal' flag.

Chunky CS:GO patch brings Ancient, Grind, Mocha, Cache map changes

A new, pretty chonky patch for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has just dropped, which ushers in a range of changes for four of the FPS game's maps. It's all about bomb defusal map changes this update, with Ancient, Grind, Cache, and Mocha getting a bunch of tweaks, plus there are a few general gameplay adjustments in the mix, too. Starting with Operation Broken Fang's Ancient map, it sounds like Valve has given its visuals a pretty good going-over. The studio's done an "art revision" on bombsite B and the area around it, and also increased base textures' contrast at the site for "better player needs". Plywood throughout the entire map has been recoloured to create a better contrast, and the spawn point placement for both teams has been "tweaked", Valve says, among other changes. Meanwhile, Grind has seen more gameplay-focussed adjustments, with its lurk positions in mid getting reduced for "more fluid rotations", and the cover on A short has been lowered to enable boosting over smokes (though some other "unintended" boost spots have been got rid of). Cache has got some performance optimisations and other visual and sound changes (the sky is brighter and the birds quieter now), while Mocha has got some extra bombsite markers, bug fixes, and clipping and navigation mesh improvements. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: A CS:GO modder has taken Cobblestone back to its roots Valve explains why it never tells CS:GO players anything CS:GO patch gives chickens "a visual upgrade"

Release Notes for 5/27/2021

– Added option ‘2’ to sv_damage_print_enable, which, when set, will only print damage output after round has ended. – Coach positions are now saved in round backup files. – In Deathmatch, fixed the ability to extend invulnerability by repeatedly issuing the “open_buymenu” command. – In Retakes, armor value now remains fixed during card selection. – Fixed bounding box issue for rotated entities. – Ancient — Art-revision on bombsite B and surrounding area — Higher contrast base textures at B for better player reads — Fixed random missing micro-polygons in bomb B totem/sculpture — Recolored plywood throughout the map for better contrast — Straightened out broken-wall passage to bombsite B — Tweaked spawnpoint placement for both teams – Grind — Reduced lurk positions in mid for more fluid rotations. — Lowered cover on A Short to allow boosting over smokes. — Removed unintended boost locations. — Fixed multiple bomb stuck spots. — Minor quality of life and art updates. – Mocha — Clipping improvements. — Navigation mesh improvements. — Added additional bombsite markers. — Bug fixes: deathmatch gamemode spawns, CT spawn soundscape, minor lighting errors. – Cache — Performance optimizations. (Thanks leplubodeslapin!) — Reduced bird sounds volume. — Reduced contrast on some textures. — Brightened sky slightly. — Fixed minor issues. (Thanks imik!) — Restored vivid color to select textures and models. — Restored select details even on lowest graphical settings.

The best CS:GO skins

While aim and skill mean everything in a competitive first-person shooter like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, having the flashiest skin on your weapon comes at a close second. As a game that has been around for nearly a decade, CS:GO totes hundreds of skins for the nearly 60 weapons available in the game. Skins are received organically, and randomly, from weapon cases or mission rewards. These cases can only be opened with keys purchased at $2.50 (£1.79). The more popular way of guaranteeing the purchase of skins though is through the Steam Marketplace. Players that have received skins from crates can sell them on the marketplace and users can buy them outright without risking drop probability. The combination of popularity and supply and demand have made skins an actual form of currency in the CS:GO ecosystem. The most expensive CS:GO skin available right now, for example, is the Souvenir Dragon Lore AWP in Factory New condition which will set you back $26,000 (£18,280). Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: New players have to pay to play ranked CS:GO now CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person"

Looks like Trust Factor in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Linux is fixed for Mesa

For quite some time now, there's been a few troubles for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Linux with players Trust Factor being severely reduced. Now though, it looks to be finally solved. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/05/looks-like-trust-factor-in-counter-strike-global-offensive-on-linux-is-fixed-for-mesa

Release Notes for 5/13/2021

– Adjusted the calculation for the weapon performance category score. – Fixed a case where players would receive duplicate warnings about launching in untrusted mode. Ancient -Implemented Cubby 2.0 in mid connector to A, to remove cheap shoulder angle towards site -Slimmed down the fancy rock, also in mid connector to A -Sparsed foliage and improved clipping on boost planter near A main -Quieted down soundscape birds -Removed clipping from top of bombsite sign in A site, allowing you to self-boost to planter by T main -Added vphysics clip to T spawn water so guns don’t fully submerge -So many clip brush tweaks -Blocked grenades from entering inaccessible building by T entrance to mid -Blocked pixelgaps through scaffolding near B site -Blocked pixelgaps through doorway trim in new CT path to A site -Simplified grenade collision on rooftops -General optimizations Grind – Made wall on A long surfable – Fixed invisible wall near B site – Fixed out of map boost near A site – Fixed collision of wall near A site – Fixed collision of pillars around A site – Minor art updates around T spawn Frostbite – Fixed a regression with airdrops – Fixed stuck spots (thanks Jakob & conzept) – Fixed a gap in terrain – Reworked watchtower models

A CS:GO modder has taken Cobblestone back to its roots

Way back in 2013, the Cobblestone map came to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with the FPS game's Winter Offensive update that year. Since then, the bomb defusal map has seen some pretty significant changes across various updates, which means the version you'll play now is a pretty different experience to earlier iterations. But, one modder is looking to restore Cobblestone to its roots to recapture the experience of playing old-school de_cbble. CS:GO fan WorkerQ has posted a new 'Cobblestone 2013 Remastered' map to the multiplayer game's Steam Workshop, which is still very much the map players will know well, but with some key changes that bring it closer to its 2013 predecessor. "Forget what you know about Cobblestone currently and go back in time, when it all began so we can improve upon it," the modder says. "This is based on the first ever version released back in 2013, and I will try to improve it around its original layout, meaning no bombsites or any drastic changes, only covers and timings." These changes include moving the A bombsite forward, as well as some reworked covers, various (though unspecified) alterations to "angles and areas" at the map's B site, and a rework of the B site's entrance and drop room for the map's T side. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Valve explains why it never tells CS:GO players anything CS:GO patch gives chickens "a visual upgrade" CS:GO gets paid stat tracking

Release Notes for 5/6/2021

– Updated heatmap images for calavera, grind, mocha, and pitstop – Removed option to look for nearby players for Guardian Missions – Security and stability improvements Ancient – Updated minimap image Pitstop – Latest version from workshop

Valve explains why it never tells CS:GO players anything

Valve has a reputation for being pretty secretive, and while the company has been slightly more open in the past year or so, it's still not in the business of regularly telling Dota 2 or Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players what's coming in future updates. That's by design, as devs behind these games have now explained that their policy is to "let updates do the talking". "We think CS:GO is better when we get clear, unfiltered customer feedback," CS:GO developer Gautam Babbar explains in a dev-focused talk. "We read and analyze this feedback our customers post on various online communities. But as they know, we rarely participate in those conversations. When we participate, they stop talking to each other and they start talking to us, and the feedback becomes less clear. Occasionally we weigh in if they seem blocked, or we need some more information, but otherwise we just stay out of it." When CS:GO players have something to say, it's because they're unhappy with the state of the game - thus, Babbar argues, the best way to respond to that feedback is by fixing whatever bug or problem players are upset about. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch gives chickens "a visual upgrade" CS:GO gets paid stat tracking Now's your last chance to play CS:GO Operation Broken Fang

CS:GO patch gives chickens "a visual upgrade"

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has gotten a major update this week, one that adds a selection of new features and, more controversially, a new paid stat tracking service. But that's just the actual stuff. The important stuff. I'm here for the fun stuff, which is improved chickens. Yes, the chickens have gotten an upgrade. The patch notes simply say that "chicken models have received a visual upgrade". There are five colours of chicken - black, white, black with a white head, brown, and white with a brown head - but, distressingly, the community has discovered that they all leave behind the same colour of feather when killed. No word yet from Valve on when this game-breaking issue will be rectified. Chickens have been the subject of a number of easter eggs from the CS:GO devs over the years, including special costume changes to coincide with various holiday updates. Here's hoping there continue to be some updates that might give the new chickens new reasons to celebrate. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Valve explains why it never tells CS:GO players anything CS:GO gets paid stat tracking Now's your last chance to play CS:GO Operation Broken Fang

CS:GO gets paid stat tracking

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Operation Broken Fang has come to an end, but Valve has brought in a new update in an effort to ease the sting a little - though it's also causing a sting of its own. Among this update's new features is a new subscription service called CS:GO 360 Stats, intended for players of the FPS game who "want to continue collecting official Competitive and Wingman stats." This is essentially a continuation of the stat tracking implemented for Broken Fang, except instead of being an extra bonus in an operation pass, it's a separate service provided for $1 USD per month. Stats from Broken Fang will be carried forward, and this will be your only way to continue collecting Competitive stats in-game. "CS:GO 360 Stats includes access to Competitive match stats from official Competitive, Premier, and Wingman game modes," Valve explains in the official FAQ, "and the Round Win Chance report introduced in Operation Broken Fang." It only includes stats from those modes - you won't find any stats from casual play here. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch gives chickens "a visual upgrade" Now's your last chance to play CS:GO Operation Broken Fang CS:GO modder launches eerie night-time version of popular map Insertion2

The End of Broken Fang

Today Operation Broken Fang comes to an end, but some of its more popular features will live on. Note that if you have unspent stars, you will have until May 15th to spend them, after which they will expire. Premier Competitive and Retakes were popular and are sticking around. Premier Competitive is still an option in the Competitive tab and Retakes has a new home among the Wargames. For those of you that want to continue collecting your official Competitive and Wingman stats (or those of you that didn’t participate in Operation Broken Fang but want to try out the stats feature), you can now subscribe to CS:GO 360 Stats for $0.99 per month. It includes access to the CS:GO 360 Stats page as well as your team’s Round Win Chance report in Competitive and Premier game modes. Additional information can be found in our CS:GO 360 Stats help article. Map Pool Changes As part of today’s update we are making changes to the Active Duty Map Pool. Train is leaving the station, and Ancient is taking its place with a revamped A Site and minor changes to B site. We’re also updating the community maps available in the game. Mocha and Grind are now available to play in Competitive Scrimmage, as well as in Defusal Group Sigma in other game modes. The End of Broken Fang Additionally, Calavera and Pitstop are now available to play in Wingman. The End of Broken Fang New Weapon Cassssse The Snakebite Weapon Case features 17 community-designed weapon finishes, and includes the Broken Fang set of gloves as rare special items! The End of Broken Fang

Release Notes for 4/28/2021

– Numerous security and stability improvements.

Now's your last chance to play CS:GO Operation Broken Fang

Time is running out for the current Counter-Strike: Global Offensive operation. Having kicked off in early December last year, Operation Broken Fang is now in its final week, which means you've got just a few days left to wrap up everything you've got left to complete. As was announced with its arrival late last year, the CS:GO Operation Broken Fang end date is April 30 - so, you can carry on getting stuck in until this coming Friday. While the rollout of the op's 16 weekly missions is now complete, if you're an operation pass holder and have got any left to finish up - and, as a result, any stars left to scoop to spend on in-game rewards - you've got until then to do so. These prizes include a bunch of new 'SWAT' and 'The Professionals' agents that you can use in any map, a new weapon case featuring 17 community-designed skins and some other bits, three weapon collections (Ancient, Control, and Havoc), and some other in-game cosmetics. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO modder launches eerie night-time version of popular map Insertion2 CS:GO gets OG Counter-Strike's Tuscan map on the Steam Workshop This fan-made CS:GO mod reworks classic map Office with a modern spin

Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person"

Today, Counter-Strike fans woke up to the news that one of Astralis' core members, Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz, has signed a three-year contract with Ninjas in Pyjamas. While news of the transfer has sent shockwaves through the CS:GO scene, Astralis has been preparing for it for weeks. In an interview with The Loadout, Kasper Hvidt, director of sports at Astralis, says the team first became aware of dev1ce's intentions when he approached management about a month ago with a desire to establish a better life in Stockholm. "Nicolai has been a really important player for us," Hvidt says, "which is why, when he showed up with such a desire, we took it seriously. "We have to listen to the guys, and yes, we have contracts, and yes, we have to respect the obligations of those contracts, but these are young human beings, and we have to take care of them in the best way possible." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Ninjas in Pyjamas sign dev1ce on a three-year CS:GO contract Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder

Ninjas in Pyjamas sign dev1ce on a three-year CS:GO contract

Four-time Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major winner Nicolai 'dev1ce' Reedtz has today announced he's closed the door on his time with Astralis, an organisation he helped set up in January 2016. The 25-year-old Dane now joins Ninjas in Pyjamas by "personal request" on a three-year deal. His transfer comes after Astralis struggled to halt its decline in 2021, with dev1ce himself hinting at roster changes in an interview with HLTV two weeks ago. This now marks the first time in eight years that the AWPer will play without Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen and Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth. "Leaving Astralis is tough, to say the least," dev1ce says in a press release. "The boys will always be like family to me, but this COVID era has left me thinking a lot; where do I see myself when it all goes back to normal? I've lived in Sweden for some time now, speaking the language and I'm really hyped about this young and exciting NIP project. To join one of the most successful organizations, where so many legends have played, inspires me." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person" Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder

CS:GO modder launches eerie night-time version of popular map Insertion2

Insertion2 is a fan-made Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map, launched earlier this year and recently updated, which offers a realistic-looking part-urban, part-rural map for Classic and Deathmatch that's been a bit of a hit with fans. Filled with a variety of open and close-quarters combat spaces, it's one of the most popular maps on the CS:GO Steam Workshop right now - and it's just got a spooky night-time spin. CS:GO map creator Oskmos' new Insertion2 Night map casts an eerie reddish-grey darkness over the whole map, with the only main sources of light around to help you spot foes being pools of light from street lamps. While you'd probably assume all the lights would still be on in the map's supermarket, making the close-up-and-personal combat at least as equally challenging as the day-time version, from the mod's images it's not entirely clear if that's the case. Gulp. Similarly, the night-time Insertion2's many other spaces - pedestrian subways, train platforms, forested water tower area, and, if those dark windows are to be believed, some of the offices - are shrouded in darkness. So, it's easy to see where this version is going to throw some additional challenges at players trying to keep a weather eye out for enemies throughout the map. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO gets OG Counter-Strike's Tuscan map on the Steam Workshop This fan-made CS:GO mod reworks classic map Office with a modern spin CS:GO pros in North America being investigated by FBI for match fixing

CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game with many moving parts. As such, the game is in a constant state of flux, with developers Valve needing to push out updates every couple of weeks to keep the game's weapons and maps balanced. Valve's approach to updates are to keep them coming little and often, so you'll find the CS:GO patch notes aren't as meaty as some of the other games you play. While it might be disappointing to hear that the latest update isn't full of brand new content, you'll usually find the small fixes made here and there keep the game - and its players - in check. So if you're looking to grind one of the best competitive FPS games out there and climb the CS:GO ranks, you're going to want to stay on top of the comings and goings of the game. So, here are the last couple of CS:GO patch notes for your perusal. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: PGL "still hopes" to host CS:GO Major in Sweden, confirms two backup hosts Heroic CS:GO player tests positive for COVID-19 at IEM Cologne 2021 CS:GO players are using dental floss sticks to help them no scope

Valve finally fixes CS:GO exploit that could give hackers control of PCs

Valve has finally fixed a security vulnerability in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that could be used by hackers to gain remote control of a player's PC - an issue the company had reportedly known about for two years by the time its existence was publicised last week. News of the exploit was circulated in a tweet by not-for-profit reverse-engineering group The Secret Club. It explained one of its members, Florian, had contacted Valve two years prior to report a remote code execution flaw which made it possible for a hacker to take over a target's PC by tricking them into accepting a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Steam invite. Although the exploit - one of several vulnerabilities reported to Valve by Secret Club members - had the potential to affect any game utilising Source Engine, The Secret Club stressed only CS:GO was still verifiably at risk. "We cannot say for sure if and when things have been patched in other games throughout the time without us being notified about it," it wrote. Read more

CS:GO gets OG Counter-Strike's Tuscan map on the Steam Workshop

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Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder

Reflecting on the ten-year anniversary of its inception, Virtus.pro has been sharing some fond memories and stories with fans from its journey in esports. But one story involving a suspect bank transfer from Counter-Strike developer Valve makes for particularly hilarious reading, with Virtus.pro being mistaken for a "borderline terrorist organisation", according to its owner. As part of the celebrations, Virtus.pro recalls that following the MLG Major Championship: Columbus in 2016, Valve began releasing money to teams that was generated by the sale of team-branded weapon stickers within the game. While team owners across CS:GO esports would be awaiting the money with open arms, Valve's wording on its payment to Virtus.pro almost landed the organisation in hot water. According to Anton Chereppenikov, the CEO and owner of ESforce, the group that owns Virtus.pro, "the employees of the Lithuanian bank with which we cooperated with at the time were shocked and frightened" after Valve's bank transfer was worded simply as "weapon sticker sales". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person" Ninjas in Pyjamas sign dev1ce on a three-year CS:GO contract CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

New RMR Eligibility Guidelines

As we enter the 2021 RMR season, we’ve decided to revisit some of our event guidelines. Up until today, players were ineligible to participate in Valve-sponsored events if they had ever received a VAC-ban in CS:GO. These guidelines had not seen an update since the game was new and all CS:GO VAC bans were relatively recent. But VAC bans can now be more than 8 years old. So we’ve decided to update them. Moving forward, a VAC ban will only disqualify a player from an event if it was either received less than 5 years prior, or if it was received at any time after their first participation in a Valve-sponsored event (e.g., after participating in a qualifier for an RMR event). Note that VAC bans stay in place with all of their other effects; the only change is how they influence your eligibility to play in Valve-sponsored events. There are other reasons a player may not be eligible to participate in Valve-sponsored events. These remain unchanged. We hope you’re as excited as we are for the upcoming 2021 RMR events. Stay tuned for more information as we head toward the Stockholm Major this Fall!

Release Notes for 4/16/2021

– Items purchased from the in-game store will not be tradable/marketable for one week. – Operation Cases redeemed as an operation reward will not be tradable/marketable for one week. – Items received from market-restricted containers will continue to be sellable immediately on the Steam Community Market. – Fixed a rare visual bug with equipped item indicators when equipping a default item into a loadout slot. – Various stability improvements.

Valve reviews its CS:GO VAC ban policy, frees some professionals

After years of refusing to budge on the eligibility of VAC banned players, Valve has announced players who have five year old bans or more in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be able to play in Valve-sponsored events. This is a enormous U-turn from the publisher, which now means players like Elias 'Jamppi' Olkkonen who jumped ship to Valorant and Vinicius "v$m" Moreira, are now free to play CS:GO at the highest level. In an announcement post, Valve says that it's decided to revisit its event guidelines ahead of the 2021 RMR season. "Up until today, players were ineligible to participate in Valve-sponsored events if they had ever received a VAC-ban in CS:GO," Valve says. "These guidelines had not seen an update since the game was new and all CS:GO VAC bans were relatively recent. But VAC bans can now be more than eight years old. So we've decided to update them." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person" Ninjas in Pyjamas sign dev1ce on a three-year CS:GO contract CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

This fan-made CS:GO mod reworks classic map Office with a modern spin

If you're a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fan who's into giving the FPS game's community creations a whirl, you'll know the CS:GO modding scene is thriving. Neat fan-made weapon skins and custom maps hit the multiplayer game's slice of Steam Workshop every day, but the past week or so has seen more than the usual number of impressive goodies. A new fan-made map by three CS:GO modders - Stefftek.de, アクアAqua, and Cloud - called CS_Bureau is one such treat. It's a hostage rescue map that takes inspiration from CS:GO's Office (CS_Office) map and reworks it, giving it a more modern flavour, as well as a bunch of easter eggs and other little titbits. The scenario hinges on a group of suspected terrorists' infiltration of a fictional marketing company in Germany, who have - as you'd expect - taken hostages. "Among the hostages is the managing director, for whom a ransom demand is outstanding," the creators explain. "The hostage-takers have locked themselves in the conference area of the restored office complex. The Federal Police's GSG9, a specially trained anti-terrorist unit, is tasked with freeing the hostages. Enter the complex. Shooting clearance has been given." Gulp. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO pros in North America being investigated by FBI for match fixing A CS:GO fan has created a STALKER-style playable guitar CS:GO's Broken Fang Premier mode is now unlocked for all players

CS:GO crosshair guide: the best crosshairs to use in 2021

Whether you're trying out Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the first time or you're looking to make those vital tweaks to up your game, everyone needs a reliable crosshair. It is not the only factor in one-tapping your way to glory, as things like your sensitivity, DPI settings, and even the refresh rate on your monitor can all be major contributors to your aim as a whole. However, investing the time into finding the best CS:GO crosshair that suits your personal playstyle is worth the effort. When you first start playing CS:GO, the default crosshair is a dynamic hulking neon yellow beast which may suit casual players or those just getting to grips with the competitive shooter just fine. However, as you look to improve your own performance and work your way through the CS:GO ranks, a custom CS:GO crosshair becomes a must-have. Are you someone who likes to frag across the map? You're more likely to have a wider crosshair with a central dot, whereas an entry fragger playing up close is better suited to a tighter crosshair with thicker outlines. To get you started, here's everything you need to know about CS:GO crosshairs, including how to set one up, what settings you'll need to pay attention to, and what some of the top professionals use. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person" Ninjas in Pyjamas sign dev1ce on a three-year CS:GO contract CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

flusha leaves Fnatic for new CS:GO venture

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive veteran Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist has left Fnatic for a third time, 15 months after rejoining the organisation. The 27-year-old will be joining a number of other notable CS:GO pros - who are all currently benched or inactive at their current teams - in a new venture, which according to the player has the backing of a yet to be revealed organisation. The Swede's latest stint with Fnatic began in September 2019, but flusha has been sat on the sidelines since January after he was benched. Three months later, he has finally been released. In a statement, Fnatic's head coach Andreas Samuelsson describes flusha as "one of the smartest and most iconic players in CS:GO history." Following Fnatic's announcement, flusha revealed his next steps. The veteran will be forming a new roster, featuring some well-known names that are all currently looking for a new home. They are Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi, Jere '⁠sergej⁠' Salo (both previously ENCE), Rokas 'EspiranTo⁠' Milasauskas (previously c0ntact) and Buğra '⁠Calyx' Arkin (previously Envy). Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person" Ninjas in Pyjamas sign dev1ce on a three-year CS:GO contract CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

CS:GO veteran RpK to step down from Team Vitality roster

Team Vitality has announced that its veteran Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rifler, Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy, will be stepping down from its roster after the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. The 31-year-old Frenchman, who has been playing competitive Counter-Strike since the late 2000s, will be leaving the active roster after the tournament, which gets underway tomorrow and concludes on April 18. The experienced rifler has been with Vitality since it first entered the CS:GO scene in 2018, and has also represented big names such as G2 and Team Envy. In a tweet following Vitality's announcement, RpK says he will "give it his best for the boys" in his final competition for the team, which has recently been on a run of poor results. In Vitality's announcement post, head coach Rémy 'XTQZZZ' Quoniam says that dropping the veteran from the roster has been a "tough decision" and admits it wasn't easy to "let a legendary, inspiring, and consistent player such as RpK step back from competition." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person" Ninjas in Pyjamas sign dev1ce on a three-year CS:GO contract CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

The Road to Stockholm 2021

The Road to Stockholm 2021 We’re gearing up for the road to Stockholm 2021, starting with the first series of RMR events! Over the next several days we’ll announce events for each region, so stay tuned. If you’d like to learn more about the RMR events, visit our FAQ. And with the 2021 RMR events fast approaching, it’s time to move on from last year’s results. All 2020 RMR sticker capsules are now on sale–if you’ve been waiting, now is a great time to take another look!

CS:GO pros in North America being investigated by FBI for match fixing

A group of North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros are under investigation from the FBI, according to the Esports Integrity Commission. The ESIC is being assisted by law enforcement on multiple levels in tracking down offenders who fix matches in the FPS game. Speaking with YouTuber Slash32 (ta, Kotaku), Ian Smith, the commissioner of the ESIC, says the commission is on the trail of "a relatively small but significant group of players." These pros have been perpetrating what he'd describe as "classic match fixing" in North American tournaments, and the level of organisation, and length of time, has led to involvement from the FBI. "To some extent we're working with law enforcement and the FBI, who only recently have had a sports betting investigative unit within the FBI," Smith explains. "They're good, but they're inexperienced, because sports betting has never been a big thing in America until recently, so everybody's kind of finding their feet on that one." This is for the North American branch of the ESEA MDL in particular, where esports gambling is relatively new, and laws can vary by state, making it even more difficult. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: A CS:GO fan has created a STALKER-style playable guitar CS:GO's Broken Fang Premier mode is now unlocked for all players CS:GO fan makes Nuke lore-inspired 'Tales of Cedar Creek' weapon skin line

The FBI is investigating Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheating

The FBI is reportedly investigating cheating in professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches in North America. As spotted by

How I think I played a part in getting Italy removed from CS:GO

One quick email about a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive bug was all it took to get Italy updated and subsequently removed from the game. It's something I'll regret for the rest of my life. That might sound dramatic to the average player who probably never even found themselves playing Italy, a little-known hostage map that was created by Glen 'GlenC' Cooper and Jaison 'DigiChaos' Greene for Counter-Strike Beta 6.5, but for me and my friends, the removal of the the Italian map broke our hearts. And you know the worst part about it all? Deep down, I think it was all my fault. I've invested so much time into CS:GO over the years - far more than I want to admit - but it's allowed me to meet some incredible people that have had a profound affect on my life. So, when an innocent bug report written by me was addressed by a Valve level designer and patched, my squad were delighted. The months that followed, however, will haunt me forever. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Valve reviews its CS:GO VAC ban policy, frees some professionals CS:GO crosshair guide: the best crosshairs to use in 2021 flusha leaves Fnatic for new CS:GO venture

A CS:GO fan has created a STALKER-style playable guitar

Remember those guitars that would pop up in the STALKER games, which lone survivors would sit and strum by the fire throughout the Zone? Sadly, they weren't really playable for anyone other than NPCs in the FPS games, but the good news is you can now live out that dream in another popular shooter thanks to a new CS:GO mod. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fan DepoSit has posted a new creation on the multiplayer game's Steam Workshop, which adds a STALKER-like scene complete with a playable guitar. "Once loaded you find yourself in a small lowland, the time overboard is about 5am, and a bonfire can be seen nearby, close to which two stalkers are sitting," the modder explains. If you hover over the guitarist and hit your action button, the camera will shift and you'll get to take control of the tunes yourself. The way it works is via a pop-up command wheel, which has six different chords. Using mouse and keyboard controls, you can then put a a little diity together. There are additionally controls - accessed via a box near the fireside sitters in the map - for adjusting the guitar's pitch, which works by speeding the game up - so, upping the tempo. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO pros in North America being investigated by FBI for match fixing CS:GO's Broken Fang Premier mode is now unlocked for all players CS:GO fan makes Nuke lore-inspired 'Tales of Cedar Creek' weapon skin line

CS:GO opens up Broken Fang Premier access to all players

Valve has announced that all Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players will now have access to Operation Broken Fang's premium queue, Broken Fang Premier. With the operation set to end on April 30, this gives players a whole month to sink their, well, fangs into the game mode. As stated in the announcement post, Broken Fang Premier "introduces a pick/ban phase to the start of a competitive match." The mode covers the entire Active Duty map pool - the maps utilised in official Valve tournaments - allowing players to "test their mettle" in the same competitive environment as the pros. According to the accompanying patch notes, players who either already have the Operation Pass, or possess a Prime account will be matched together in a separate queue to free players. Presumably, this is a measure to try and prevent cheaters from infiltrating paid access games. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO crosshair guide: the best crosshairs to use in 2021 flusha leaves Fnatic for new CS:GO venture CS:GO veteran RpK to step down from Team Vitality roster

CS:GO's Broken Fang Premier mode is now unlocked for all players

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Broken Fang ends soon, but before then Valve is giving all of the FPS game's a chance to send off the op in style. The developer has announced it's now unlocked Broken Fang's Premier mode for all CS:GO players, which means those who don't have the premium operation pass can get access to some previously exclusive features for the op's remaining time live. "Today we are opening up Broken Fang Premier to everyone," Valve has posted on the multiplayer game's site, explaining - for those that might need a refresher - that this mode "introduces a pick/ban phase to the start of a competitive match, allow players to test their mettle across the entire Active Duty map pool". The mode features 5v5 competitive matchmaking, and you'll get to select and ban maps and pick out your starting side before getting stuck in to score 16 round wins. Now, these options are free for all players to try out for a limited time. Broken Fang wraps up exactly one month as of writing (April 30), so if you don't own the operation pass, you've got until then to try these features out for the first time. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO fan makes Nuke lore-inspired 'Tales of Cedar Creek' weapon skin line CS:GO fans turn the classic FPS game into Fall Guys with skins and "30 minigames" CS:GO devs are giving away a Hades music kit to the RPG's Steam players

Premier for All

Premier for All Today we are opening up Broken Fang Premier to everyone. Broken Fang Premier, which introduces a pick/ban phase to the start of a competitive match, allows players to test their mettle across the entire Active Duty map pool. Pick and ban maps, choose your starting side, and work together to win 16 rounds. Operation Broken Fang ends April 30th, so now’s the perfect time to queue for Broken Fang Premier with friends. And if you’re an Operation Pass holder, you have one month to complete missions, collect stars, and redeem rewards from the Operation Shop. Finally, Release Notes for today are below: - For a limited time, Broken Fang Premier is available for everyone. - Operation Broken Fang Passholders will play in Prime Account Status queue when matchmaking for Broken Fang Premier. - Fixed Steam networking sockets implementation to dynamically load "wlanapi.dll" system library and to work on Windows Server systems which don't have Wireless LAN Service enabled. - Adjusted Zeus texture to read Zeus X-27. For the record, this counts as a Zeus skin.

CS:GO fan makes Nuke lore-inspired 'Tales of Cedar Creek' weapon skin line

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a thriving modding scene, with a raft of fan-made maps and weapon skins hitting the FPS game's Steam Workshop every week. A new creation that stands out is a weapon skin line that takes inspiration from one of CS:GO's maps and the lore behind it, telling stories through the skins themselves. CS:GO fan and creator Cimota has posted a preview reel (below) of their "Tales of Cedar Creek collection" on Reddit, which is a set of weapon skins for a handful of rifles inspired by the multiplayer game's Nuke bomb defusal map. The first, called 'Project Cedar, is an icy grey-blue skin "based around a board meeting; notes found within the map, how the nuclear reactor is made, possible cost reductions," and, er, "too many chickens". You can see notes discovered as part of the story scrawled onto the weapon skin, including one of those pesky chickens in purple. The story progresses into the next skin - Cedar's Decay - which, suitably, shows the weapon descending into a decayed state, with a rust-like coating creeping up its barrel. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO fans turn the classic FPS game into Fall Guys with skins and "30 minigames" CS:GO devs are giving away a Hades music kit to the RPG's Steam players Here are this week's CS:GO Broken Fang missions

CS:GO fans turn the classic FPS game into Fall Guys with skins and "30 minigames"

Fall Guys, Mediatonic's zany and colourful battle royale game, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve's gritty FPS game, aren't two titles you'd naturally slot together. And yet, one creative CS:GO fan has created a stupendous mash-up of the two, with a fan map that essentially turns the shooter into a beany bonanza. Made by creators Teteu and Enrico_srp4, the 'MG_Fallling_Guy' CS:GO fan map is, even at first glance, everything that Fall Guys is. Snapshots of the map in action on its Steam Workshop page showcase the same vividly coloured platforms peppered with zany obstacles that fill the battle royale, with blue skies and fluffy clouds beyond. And, of course, there are those distinctive bean costumes included, which are lined up ready for players to hop into. The creators say that the map includes 30 minigames to pick from, or you can opt for a random selection via its 'quick play' feature. There aren't details giving us a rundown of what these are, exactly, but from the attached images it looks like there obstacle courses with features like levitating platforms, Fall Guys' infamous spinning level contraption, mazes, and other similar things. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO devs are giving away a Hades music kit to the RPG's Steam players Here are this week's CS:GO Broken Fang missions This CS:GO fan map adds Rainbow Six Siege-like destruction to Inferno

CS:GO devs are giving away a Hades music kit to the RPG's Steam players

If you're a fan of both Valve's shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Supergiant Games' action-RPG game Hades, you're in luck. The CS:GO devs have just shipped three new music kits - items that let you replace the FPS game's tracks with new, custom tunes - and one can be unlocked for free if you own and play Hades on PC. "Today we're shipping three new Music Kits. Scarlxrd (CHAIN$AW.LXADXUT) and Neck Deep (The Lowlife Pack) are now available for purchase," Valve says in a new blog post. Alongside these, though, the devs say that from now you can unlock a brand-new Hades music kit in CS:GO if you own Supergiant's roguelike game on Steam and have racked up more than five hours of play time in it. If you meet those criteria, you'll find the Hades music kit in your CS:GO inventory. There are already a bunch of CS:GO music kits available for the game, including ones that tie into other PC gaming greats like Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Half-Life: Alyx, though there are plenty of other non-gaming-related tunes, too. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Here are this week's CS:GO Broken Fang missions This CS:GO fan map adds Rainbow Six Siege-like destruction to Inferno CS:GO disappeared from Steam for a few incredible, terrible hours

3 New Music Kits and a Poorly Drawn Sticker Capsule

Strike Now! 3 New Music Kits and a Poorly Drawn Sticker Capsule All 16 Operation Broken Fang mission cards have been released, including the final Strike mission! But don’t worry if you can’t get everything done this week, you still have until April 30th to earn your stars. Music Kits 3 New Music Kits and a Poorly Drawn Sticker Capsule Today we’re shipping three new Music Kits: Hades - Hades Music Kit Neck Deep - The Lowlife Pack Scarlxrd - CHAIN$AW.LXADXUT. If you’re a fan of Supergiant Games’ Hades, you may already own the Music Kit. If you own the game on Steam and have more than 5 hours of play time you’ll find the Hades Music Kit in your CS:GO Inventory. Poorly Drawn Stickers 3 New Music Kits and a Poorly Drawn Sticker Capsule Hand-crafted by HH110011HH and Hoxton with a bit more love than skill, the Poorly Drawn Sticker Capsule is now available for purchase in-game. We are also including release notes below. Release Notes for 3/18/2021 – As a cross-promotion with Supergiant Games, owners of Hades on Steam, after they accrue sufficient playtime in the game, will receive The Hades Music Kit in CS:GO. – Two new music kits – “The Lowlife Pack” by Neck Deep, and “CHAIN$AW.LXADXUT” by Scarlxrd – are now available for purchase in-game. – Added the Poorly Drawn Sticker Capsule featuring a variety of poorly drawn stickers.

Here are this week's CS:GO Broken Fang missions

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Release Notes for 3/15/2021

– Fixed “env_fade” entities for “only triggering player” configuration. – Added vscript function ScriptTraceLinePlayersIncluded. - Guard -- Updated Guard to the most recent workshop -- Fixed boost spot on arches (Thanks @FilyandraXBL) -- Fixed nodraw behind CT Spawn (Thanks Mii Fanboy) -- Fixed various spots where players could get stuck on walls (Thanks @FilyandraXBL, Mii Fanboy, Kerluck, @goodchicken45)

This CS:GO fan map adds Rainbow Six Siege-like destruction to Inferno

Destruction - that is, the ability to breach walls and other surfaces - is a key feature of Rainbow Six Siege gameplay. Deploying explosive charges or certain gadgets in just the right spot can open up all kinds of new opportunities to get one over on your opposition. Now, you can bring an element of these kinds of tactics to another of the best FPS games around, thanks to a new fan-made Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map. Lion Doge's 'Destructible Inferno' CS:GO custom map does exactly what its name implies - it folds a whole layer of destructibility into CS:GO's European town bomb defusal map, meaning many of its elements can be breached or even come crashing down. In the Inferno spin-off, the creator explains, you'll be able to see a load of different kinds of map destruction, "from small falling pots to falling towers", with the effects depending entirely on you, the player ("and sometimes chickens"). "The terrorists will have breaching charges at their disposal to break through walls," Lion Doge says, "so keep an eye out! Using fragile barrels and boxes as your cover might not be a great idea." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Here are this week's CS:GO Broken Fang missions CS:GO disappeared from Steam for a few incredible, terrible hours Prepare for heavy Counter-Strike nostalgia with this Prodigy map port

Vitality benches CS:GO player Nivera, reverts back to five-man roster

Team Vitality made waves in the second half of 2020 by becoming the first team to make a mid-series substitution in a major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition. The French organisation has been championing a six-man roster since, freely rotating players in and out of the starting lineup. However, early in 2021, Valve ruled that teams who substituted players during official Regional Major Ranking competitions would face punishment. While third-parties like BLAST have continued to let Vitality rotate its team, it has now decided to drop its resident sixth man, Nabil 'Nivera' Benrlitom, as it gears up for a number of competitions offering RMR points. In a statement, Vitality thanks Nivera for being part of its "ambitious" six-man team and for helping it secure two big titles at the tail end of 2020. It also states that it is "firmly convinced" six-man rosters are the best way to help grow the competitive CS:GO scene, but has been forced to drop Nivera because of Valve's decision. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO ranks explained: How to get your first rank, rank distribution, and more G2 Esports drops kennyS from its active CS:GO roster CS:GO pings will no longer reveal hidden enemies

CS:GO disappeared from Steam for a few incredible, terrible hours

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is usually the most popular game on Steam. For a few bizarre hours last night, it was no longer available on Steam. CS:GO, and a seemingly random assortment of other Steam titles briefly disappeared from the store, and nobody seems to know why. Valve has acknowledged that it happened, but hasn't provided any details on why. At around midnight in the US on March 9, CS:GO was removed from the Steam store. A couple of games like, er, Paws and Claws: Pet Vet and Section 8: Prejudice were removed at the same time, as were DLC packs for everything from Fallout: New Vegas to Black Desert Online. A handful of movies and shows were removed as well, including Mad Max, Clerks, and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Truly a dark time for our culture. As you can see on SteamDB, every title disappeared at once, and then they were all restored a little over two hours later. There was no apparent drop-off in CS:GO players during that period, so it looks like this just affected the store page - not the game itself. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Prepare for heavy Counter-Strike nostalgia with this Prodigy map port D&D gets a "triple-A, third-person, open-world" RPG from CS:GO co-devs This fan-made CS:GO map looks like it was plucked out of Far Cry 5

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