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PGL Antwerp 2022 Champions!

PGL Antwerp 2022 Champions! This weekend, thousands of screaming fans in Antwerp and millions of viewers around the world witnessed the crowning of a new Major Champion. Congratulations to FaZe Clan who proved to be an unstoppable force, taking the Grand Final 2-0. Today we’re releasing the champions autograph capsule, featuring autograph stickers in paper, glitter, holo, and gold. Celebrate rain, karrigan, broky, ropz, and Twistzz by supporting them in style–50% of the proceeds are shared with the players and organizations taking part in the Major. And so the Antwerp Major comes to a close. Onward, to !

Karrigan becomes the oldest CS:GO Major winner with PGL Antwerp win

When FaZe Clan made the decision to re-sign a 31-year-old Finn 'karrigan' Andersen as its in-game leader, many Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans raised an eyebrow. But, after a whirlwind 18 months, the Dane has finally cemented his - and FaZe's name - into the history books with a win at the PGL Antwerp Major 2022. This now officially makes him the oldest player in CS:GO to ever win a Major. That title was previously held by Daniil 'Zeus' Teslenko, who, at the age of 29, took the PGL Major Krakow 2017 by storm with his team Gambit. karrigan, however, now holds that title at the grand old age of 32 - and it's been a long time coming. Karrigan was, of course, part of the ill-fated FaZe Clan team which blew a 15-9 lead on Inferno at the ELEAGUE Boston Major finals in 2018 against Cloud9. Many at the time believed karrigan's chance to ever win a Major was over. However, the IGL never gave up and Antwerp proved to be the final stage - something he's been working towards for years. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Valve fixes m0NESY smoke bug during PGL Antwerp 2022 CS:GO knife commands: how to try any knife for free The most expensive CS:GO skins

Valve fixes m0NESY smoke bug during PGL Antwerp 2022

A clip of G2 CS:GO player 'm0NESY' using a smoke grenade exploit in a to mow down players from the opposing team, Imperial, without them seeing him during a PGL Antwerp Major match went viral over the weekend, but thankfully Valve has been quick to patch out the shenanigans. The CS:GO hotfix was released on May 15, and the patch notes simply read "Fixed a recently reported smoke bug." The cause for such a prompt hotfix can be found in a short video clip that shows m0NESY rushing to the mid window position as a CT. He's smoked off by the opposing team - a commonplace tactic - but he then surprisingly pulls out a smoke grenade of his own, uses an underhand throw, and glitches it in the wall near the window. As the smoke pops, it leaves a small gap, from which m0NESY then takes out two Imperial team members who strafe out mid, thinking they are obscured from vision. The video uses spectator view to show the view from the Terrorist side, and from their point of view, the window is fully smoked out. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO knife commands: how to try any knife for free The most expensive CS:GO skins This CS:GO map will take you to Antwerp for the PGL Major

CS:GO knife commands: how to try any knife for free

Knives are some of CS:GO's hottest cosmetic properties, but like many of the most desired skins in the game they fetch a heavy price tag. Even the cheapest CS:GO knives will set you back a fair amount - but what if there was a way to try out even the most expensive knife types for free? Luckily, CS:GO has a rather expansive custom games system which allows you to birth game modes so wildly different from the main game, like CS:GO surf - so trying out a few knives isn't that hard to figure out. Unfortunately you won't be able to keep any of the knives, nor bring them over to matchmaking to show off to all your friends, but it is an excellent way of trialling knife types before you decide to make that commitment and purchase one for real. So, want to know all the best CS:GO knife commands to get your hands on what could be your new favourite knife? Have a read on below for all the details. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Valve fixes m0NESY smoke bug during PGL Antwerp 2022 The most expensive CS:GO skins This CS:GO map will take you to Antwerp for the PGL Major

The most expensive CS:GO skins

Introduced in the 2013 Arms Deal update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, skins in CS:GO have easily become one of the hottest commodities in all of gaming - and with a price tag to prove it. Unlike most other in-game cosmetic systems though, Valve has opted for a community-controlled ecosystem where the players themselves set the prices. This has led to a lot of good opportunities for players to snag some comparatively well priced items, for example, a couple of the cheapest CS:GO knives that won't put such a big dent into your wallet. However, the downside to this freedom is that skins have the potential for an 'unlimited' price tag - with the most expensive CS:GO skins soaring into the thousands of pounds and dollars. You either have to have a mountain of cash, or be lucky enough to find one in one of the many CS:GO cases available. Only the best CS:GO skins - or perhaps the rarest - deserve to be at the top of the list of most expensive CS:GO skins however, so if you're looking for the ultimate flex and have the cash ready to prove it, then look no further than our guide on the most expensive CS:GO skins below. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Valve fixes m0NESY smoke bug during PGL Antwerp 2022 CS:GO knife commands: how to try any knife for free This CS:GO map will take you to Antwerp for the PGL Major

On to the Legends Stage

The Challengers Stage of the PGL Antwerp Major has concluded and 8 teams have advanced to the Legends Stage. G2 Esports and Team Vitality went undefeated and faced the minimum number of opponents needed to advance. ENCE, Outsiders, and Team Spirit finished 3-1, and Bad News Eagles, Imperial Esports, and Team Liquid needed wins on the final day to book their ticket to the Legends Stage. The Legends Stage begins Saturday, May 14th at 12:00 CEST. Watch the action live on Twitch or steam.tv as the final 16 teams compete for 8 spots in the Playoffs.

This CS:GO map will take you to Antwerp for the PGL Major

The PGL Antwerp Major is well underway, with some of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players in the world looking to write their names into the history books. This is the first time a Major competition has been hosted in Belgium, so to commemorate the moment, Antwerp Harbour has been recreated in all its glory in CS:GO. The map, which was developed by Mapshot on behalf of the city of Antwerp, has become one of the most popular fan-made maps on the Steam Workshop in the last couple of days. Released on May 6, the Deathmatch and Arms Race map has since been downloaded thousands of times. It's hardly surprising either, given that the map nods to pretty much everything Antwerp is famous for. From Velo bicycles to diamonds to Ruben artwork, there's something for everyone in this Workshop map. There's also plenty of adverts for VisitAntwerp - just in case, you know, you get the itch to visit the city after warming up your aim in the docks. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Three CS:GO Antwerp Major coaches provisionally suspended by ESIC CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? The cheapest CS:GO knives

Three CS:GO Antwerp Major coaches provisionally suspended by ESIC

May 6, 2022 ESIC has confirmed the identities of the three coaches that will be suspended for the CS:GO Major in Antwerp The Esports Integrity Commission's lengthy investigation into coaches exploiting a spectator bug in CS:GO has uncovered two new "variants" of the bug, and the body will be issuing charges affecting dozens of coaches "imminently". In a statement providing context ahead of the release of the punishments, ESIC also says that provisional suspensions have been handed out to three coaches that were meant to be involved with the CS:GO Antwerp Major, which kicks off in a few days time. ESIC's first wave of punishments happened in September 2020, where 37 CS:GO coaches were handed bans ranging from four months to three years. At the time, ESIC said that only 20% of the 15.2 terabytes of evidence it had collected had been examined. It now seems the investigation is about to finally conclude. In its May 5 statement, ESIC says that it has identified a total of three different spectator bug variants - a "static" bug, a "third-person" view bug, and a "free roam" bug which allows full movement around the map when triggered. The latter is being deemed as the most serious, and due to its efficacy, ESIC deems this as a form of cheating and will punish guilty parties with tougher measures. It says that only three coaches have been found to have experienced and used this bug. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? The cheapest CS:GO knives The CS:GO stickers for the PGL Antwerp Major have dropped

The cheapest CS:GO knives

What is the cheapest CS:GO knife on the market right now? Well, the answer to that question changes depending on the ebb and flow of the Steam Marketplace, but there are a couple of contenders if you're looking to splash some of your hard earned cash. If you're looking at this guide, it's clear you're not looking to break the bank on the best CS:GO skins available, but that's ok - with a bit of research by yours truly (and some luck) you'll still be able to land a shiny new knife that'll get the rest of your CS:GO teammates talking. But what is the cheapest CS:GO knife and how much will it set you back? In this guide, we'll go through the top four cheapest CS:GO knives on the market right now, which will give you a couple of options to think about by the time your next pay day rolls around. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Three CS:GO Antwerp Major coaches provisionally suspended by ESIC The CS:GO stickers for the PGL Antwerp Major have dropped s1mple settings, crosshair, and config for CS:GO

The CS:GO stickers for the PGL Antwerp Major have dropped

For Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans, sticker day is just like Christmas. Every year, in the build up to one of the Majors, Valve drops an update that not only lets people begin their pick'ems challenge, but allows people to dive back into the strange world of CS:GO stickers. With the PGL Antwerp Major just around the corner, that time has come. But this time around, the stickers are plentiful. In the last Major, only the top eight teams got autograph stickers - something Valve came under fire for - but now, it seems we're seeing a return to form with every competing player getting a chance to become the people's favourite. From legendary players like Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev to contenders like Pavel 's1ren' Ogloblin , there's a sticker for everyone. And by picking up a team logo or autograph capsule today through the store, you too can have a chance of owning one - after all, 50% goes to the players, teams, and organisations involved. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Three CS:GO Antwerp Major coaches provisionally suspended by ESIC The cheapest CS:GO knives s1mple settings, crosshair, and config for CS:GO

s1mple settings, crosshair, and config for CS:GO

Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev is one of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players to ever play the game. With a Major and an Intel Grand Slam title, dozens of tournament wins, and a legendary graffiti to his name, many keep tabs on s1mple's settings as a way of refining their in-game experience. But what is it about the Natus Vincere's superstar that makes him so special? While his raw talent certainly helps him stand out from the crowd, the way in which he sets his game up is also hugely important. Every one of the s1mple settings, from his crosshair to his config is set up in a way to maximise his success on the server. And now, you too can set your game up like that. We can't promise you'll turn into a Major-winning AWPer overnight, but it doesn't hurt to try. Here's everything you need to know about s1mple's settings, including how to change them. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO team Heroic acquires MIBR's BLAST Premier member spot CS:GO's instant bomb detonation exploit returns after five years Neymar plays CS:GO after scoring hat trick in PSG win

CS:GO team Heroic acquires MIBR's BLAST Premier member spot

One of the most recognisable names in European Counter-Strike, Heroic, has become a BLAST Premier member after acquiring the spot previously held by Immortals Gaming Club, the parent company of Brazilian CS:GO side MIBR. Immortals Gaming Club was one of the founding member teams of BLAST Premier in 2020, but Heroic will now take its place. This is not the first time an organisation has sold its BLAST Premier spot, as in 2021 100 Thieves sold its membership to BIG after it decided to exit the CS:GO esports scene entirely. "We thank MIBR for being one of our partners for the last two years," says BLAST Premier's managing director, Charlotte Kenny, in a press release. "Their renowned and passionate Brazilian fanbase have ensured there's never been a dull moment, even when we had to pivot to online-only shows in 2020. We look forward to having them back competing in our global qualifiers and regional Showdowns in the future." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: s1mple settings, crosshair, and config for CS:GO CS:GO's instant bomb detonation exploit returns after five years Neymar plays CS:GO after scoring hat trick in PSG win

CS:GO's instant bomb detonation exploit returns after five years

A large part of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's gameplay comes after the bomb is planted. The push and pull of the game's flow naturally dictates that the Terrorists usually capture a bomb site, plant the bomb, and then Counter Terrorists have to retake the site and defuse the bomb. Years ago, however, there was a glitch that allowed Terrorists to instantly plant and detonate the bomb - and now it's back. In a Reddit post created by 'pinhorox,' a short video shows CTs pushing down Inferno's infamous Banana, before all at once getting the notification that the bomb has been planted accompanied by a large explosion as the bomb detonates instantly. Pinhorox titled the post 'Never experienced this before. Is this new?' which goes to show just how old the returning exploit is. It's unclear whether the phenomenon is caused by a glitch when planting the bomb or a new cheat that has circumvented Valve's anti-cheat framework, but the Reddit thread's comments are full of players who have suddenly starting experiencing instant bomb detonations in their games. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Neymar plays CS:GO after scoring hat trick in PSG win CS:GO cases: every case available in the game Chickens are opening CS:GO cases now

Neymar plays CS:GO after scoring hat trick in PSG win

From Robin Williams to The Rock, it's become common to find celebrities who play videogames, but it isn't often that they will accomplish a major feat in their area of expertise, then go straight home and throw themselves into a competitive match of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - but that's just what football icon Neymar did. A Reddit post by user 'AbsoluteDealer' brought our attention to Neymar's journey from football field to first-person shooter, as an image taken from the star's social media suggests Neymar went home after the recent football match between PSG and Clermont Foot and decided to play the FPS game as a way to unwind. The image shows his gaming desk setup with CS:GO running, accompanied by the number "3" and a football emoji, a win emoji, then the letters "CS." The only full word reads "bebado," which according to Google Translate means "drunk" in Brazilian Portuguese. On his desk is a signed football, presumably from his recent match against Clermont where he scored a hat-trick, which would explain the emojis' meaning. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO's instant bomb detonation exploit returns after five years CS:GO cases: every case available in the game Chickens are opening CS:GO cases now

CS:GO cases: every case available in the game

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has been going now for 20 years, and over that time, the game has built quite a following for CS:GO cases. These little loot box items can be bought or dropped in your inventory after a game, giving you the option of unlocking one of the best CS:GO skins. These aren't quick wins, though. To open a CS:GO weapon case, you'll need to buy a key from the Steam marketplace, which retail for $2.50/£1.79. You'll also need to work out which case you want to open. At the moment, there are 37 CS:GO cases available to buy right now - and that excludes Souvenir Packages dropped during big tournaments. Each case contains a bunch of different skins that vary in rarity, condition, and price but landing the big prize - a rare special item - takes time, money, and a fair amount of luck, so don't expect overnight results. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Chickens are opening CS:GO cases now This CS:GO Wordle spinoff makes you guess gun skins CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

Chickens are opening CS:GO cases now

Paul the Octopus predicted the 2010 World Cup, Sid the psychic seagull foretold Euro 2020 football matches, and now a group of chickens have sensed their pixelated brethren mere centimetres away and have taken to opening Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cases. It's been a trend, over the years, for individuals to record en-masse case openings for social media platforms, but one player has taken this further by allowing their chickens to open their cases for them. In a

CSGO ranks guide: how to get player and team rankings

As with so many things about Valve's behemoth FPS game, CS:GO ranks are hard to wrap your head around when starting out. There is little in the way of in-game explanations to help you figure out how to get started with CS:GO rankings. It doesn't help that earning your stripes will take a lot longer than in other competitive first-person shooters like Rainbow Six Siege and Overwatch, either. CS:GO has continued to grow, now touting a concurrent player count of over one million during peak hours. That means there are a lot of new players learning the ropes and trying to adjust to one of the least forgiving multiplayer games of all time and gain CSGO ranks. With 18 ranks, a lengthy road to getting ranked, and then the never-ending task of improving your rank lying ahead of you, we thought you could use a helping hand - here is a breakdown of CS:GO's ranking system. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best sniper games on PC in 2022 This CS:GO fan map changes Dust II from desert into an abandoned "green oasis" Here are the Dreams and Nightmares weapon skins coming to CS:GO

Introducing the CSGO10 sticker contest

Introducing the CSGO10 sticker contest To celebrate CS:GO's upcoming 10th birthday we are accepting entries for another CS-themed sticker capsule. This time, the theme is “CS:GO” (and CS:GO only). Over the last ten years CS:GO game has evolved from a beta to the most popular game on Steam, and we are excited to look through submissions to find great stickers that celebrate all things CS:GO! The sticker designs may be created in any style and all designs must be original with the exception of Counter-Strike logos or icons. To help sort these themed submissions, please tag them with "CSGO10" in the title on the workshop (e.g. "CSGO10 | Sticker Name"). Previous workshop submissions are eligible for the capsule, just make sure to tag them so we can find them more easily. All submissions for this event must be completed and submitted to the workshop by July 21st, 2022, and the capsule will release on or around CS:GO's 10th birthday (August 21, 2022). All items submitted for this event will still be eligible for future sticker capsules. Good luck and have fun; we are excited to see what the community comes up with!

This CS:GO Wordle spinoff makes you guess gun skins

It's always the simple games that take the world by storm and Wordle is no different. Josh Wardle's web-based word game, which has been bought by the New York Times, has spawned a rush for quick and simple brainteasers that refresh each day. And if the word-based game isn't enough for you, someone's made a version for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans using the best CS:GO skins. CS:GOrdle takes the tried and tested Wordle format but puts a CS:GO spin on it - replacing letters with categories and words with skins. You'll have eight attempts to guess the skin - and after making your first guess - you'll have to work out whether you're on the right track by looking at the condition, rarity, price, paint, weapon, and category. For example, if the skin of the day is a Factory New M4A4 Asiimov and you guess a Factory New M4A4 Bullet Rain, the crates for condition, rarity, and weapon would be green. The category crate indicates whether a gun is T-sided, CT-sided, or both - so you'll want to scrub up on your buy menu options before you give this a shot. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? BLAST bans Russian CS:GO teams from events following Ukraine conflict The best CS:GO skins

BLAST bans Russian CS:GO teams from events following Ukraine conflict

Esports tournament organiser BLAST has revealed that it will be banning Russian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams from its events due to the country's invasion of Ukraine. This marks the first time since the conflict began that a tournament organiser or developer has barred Russian-based teams from competing, despite Russian athletes and teams facing similar sanctions in the world of traditional sports. As well as a blanket ban on Russian teams from BLAST events, the CIS region qualifier for the BLAST Spring Showdown has also been cancelled. This event not only would have featured teams from Russia, but it was being co-organised and produced by WePlay, a Ukraine-based tournament organiser that last week cut ties with any Russian partners. In a statement, BLAST apologises to CIS CS:GO fans, but claims it is the right thing to do given the current situation. "We are sorry to the fans and players in the CIS region for this decision, but we do not think it is appropriate that this event goes ahead, at this time. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best CS:GO skins CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? We're giving away an EPOS x Cloud9 H3 gaming headset and hoodie!

Absolute legend gets Counter-Strike 'Door stuck!' meme tattooed on his body forever

We all have our favourite memes but, as a longtime Counter-Striker, every so often I see a door and have a chuckle to myself. That's because at that precise moment in time, the words "Door stuck! Door stuck!" are rattling through my mind, swiftly followed by "out of my way son!" This video has been around since 2007 and, for me at least, just never gets old... Read more.

CS:GO's next major is being hosted by PGL, and fans do not like that

Valve has announced that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's first Major of 2022 will be held in Antwerp, Belgium, and hosted by PGL Esports. The Antwerp Sportpaleis will be the venue for the competition's later stages, and has a max capacity of 23,000. The preliminary rounds will be broadcast in 4K from May 9, and the playoffs take place over May 19-22 (the bit held in the arena)... Read more.

Major esports host ESL Gaming is now owned by Saudi Arabia

Pending regulatory approval, a holding company owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund has purchased esports event organizer ESL Gaming and tournament platform FACEIT. According to Sports Business Journal, the price for both companies was $1.5 billion. As part of the acquisition, the two companies will merge into the ESL FACEIT Group, and plan to combine their technology and expertise to "create the ultimate platform for competitive gaming.".. Read more.

The Dreams & Nightmares Case

The Dreams & Nightmares Case Today we shipping the Dreams & Nightmares Case, featuring 17 weapon finishes selected from the CS:GO Steam Workshop as part of the Dreams & Nightmares contest and the Gamma Knives from the Operation Riptide case as rare special items! The CS:GO team reviewed over 15,000 entries from artists around the world and selected 17 weapon finishes to ship in the case. Each winning entry received $100,000 USD, for a grand total prize pool of $1.7 million. The winning submissions were produced by 23 different artists, of which 14 were first-time contributors to the workshop. We want to thank everyone who submitted entries and took part in the contest. The case is now available as an in-game drop and from the Steam Community Market!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive updated, more tweaking for Steam Deck + Vulkan

Valve continues to tweak more of their games ahead of the Steam Deck release in February and their focus now appears to be on CS:GO with a fresh update out. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2022/01/counter-strike-global-offensive-updated-more-tweaking-for-steam-deck-vulkan

Final claim in CS:GO skin gambling lawsuit dismissed because plaintiffs never actually used Steam

On January 7, a US federal court dismissed one last claim against Valve in a years-old lawsuit over CS:GO skin gambling. The case was part of a series of 2016 lawsuits that accused Valve of facilitating unregulated gambling on third-party websites where people could wager CS:GO skins, some of which sell for more than $1,000 on the Steam Marketplace. All of those suits have now been dismissed... Read more.

CS:GO jump throw bind setup guide

While winning games in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive mainly comes down to clicking heads and planting bombs, learning to effectively use utility can really be the difference maker that propels you up the CS:GO ranks. However, simply lobbing utility around is one thing, but learning how to use it best to win you a round is another. Knowing all the best grenade line-ups can be the thing that separates a successful bombsite execution from a CT-side spraydown, and many of those set-plays utilise what is known as the jump throw. Jump throws give extra power and height to your standard line-up throw, meaning that you can reach further distances and perform your throws from safer, more reliable angles. Employing the jump throw can mean that you block off entry to a site before the T-side can get there, or deny a critical sightline for the CT-side AWP all from the safety of T-spawn. Furthermore, the bind specifically gives reliability and consistency to your throws, meaning that the jump and the throw actions are perfectly synchronized every time - you'll never disappoint your teammates with an out-of-bounds smoke again. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO surf guide - how to surf in CS:GO ESL and partnered CS:GO teams extend Louvre Agreement to 2025 The best competitive FPS games in 2022

CS:GO surf guide - how to surf in CS:GO

Global Offensive event and wondered why (and more importantly how) someone was gliding effortlessly around parts of a map? What you had laid your eyes on was Counter-Strike's strangest offspring game mode, surf, where you ride the waves of triangular ramps in a 'floor is lava'-style scenario. The trouble with CS:GO surf gameplay is that it can look like the easiest thing in the world when done right, but in reality it is far from that. Professional surfers float through the mode's most complicated and convoluted maps with ease, knowing every turn to make and calculating the exact speed they need to make each gap. On the flip side, inexperienced players can often find themselves over-compensating a sharp turn or pressing the wrong keys, resulting in a loss of speed and a fast route back to the beginning. There are two main CS:GO surf game modes. The most popular is Skill Surf, where you race to get the fastest time to complete a course. There is also Combat Surf, where players fight each other whilst surfing. The key to succeeding in CS:GO surf modes is practice, and with some key tips and tricks you will be on your way to becoming a surfing master in no time. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO jump throw bind setup guide ESL and partnered CS:GO teams extend Louvre Agreement to 2025 The best competitive FPS games in 2022

ESL and partnered CS:GO teams extend Louvre Agreement to 2025

ESL has extended the Louvre Agreement, a coalition between the tournament organiser and 14 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams that shapes the development of the ESL Pro League, until 2025. The Louvre Agreement was created initially in 2020, with 13 teams including Astralis, Team Vitality, and Fnatic all signing up. This dropped to 12 teams when 100 Thieves exited the CS:GO scene last year, but the additions of BIG and Furia saw it expand to the 14 teams that have agreed to extend the partnership for another three years. Heroic is also set to join the agreement in the second half of 2022. The Louvre Agreement has become an attractive partnership, with over 40 entities applying to join it when ESL opened its doors to new applicants last year. The combined buy-in bids from the three successful teams - BIG, Furia, and Heroic - totalled almost $20 million, according to ESL. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO jump throw bind setup guide CS:GO surf guide - how to surf in CS:GO The best competitive FPS games in 2022

Experimental Vulkan support is here for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

As we suggested it would be, Valve has announced that experimental Vulkan support for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) has landed and can be tried out right now. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/12/experimental-vulkan-support-is-here-for-counter-strike-global-offensive

Valve broke Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on Linux, Vulkan may come soon

Despite Valve pushing many areas of Linux gaming, including the upcoming Steam Deck handheld which will use the Arch-based SteamOS 3, they still totally break their own games. UPDATED. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/12/valve-broke-counter-strike-global-offensive-on-linux-vulkan-may-come-soon

This CS:GO fan map changes Dust II from desert into an abandoned "green oasis"

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans know Dust II well. Succeeding the original Dust map, it's one of the FPS game's most popular battlegrounds - and it's an iconic one, too, with its distinctive Middle Eastern town-style streets and aesthetic. Now, though, you can play the same map with a whole other vibe, as a modder's transformed its desert setting into a "green oasis". CS:GO modder BARS's new 'Dust II 2055' overhaul mod is the latest in their '2055' series, which gives existing maps an "abandoned style" by imagining a future state in which weather events have changed, people have left the sites behind, and nature has started reclaiming the buildings and streets. "Dust 2 has turned from a desert into a green oasis," the modder says in the reimagined Dust II 2055's description. "Acid rain and changing weather conditions have completely changed the map" - and it has indeed been totally transformed. Dust II's previously sun-baked streets have become overrun with moss and grass, there are trees with trails of vines hanging from their branches scattered about, and the whole ecosystem's far from sunny. Even the underground and covered areas have fallen to nature, with huge tree roots breaking through the walls and gates. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Here are the Dreams and Nightmares weapon skins coming to CS:GO This popular CS:GO map brings 1v1 to outer space New Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update brings a batch of Riptide map changes

Steam sets new concurrent users record with over 27 million online

Steam has set a new concurrent users record with over 27 million online. According to SteamDB, Valve's platform hit a new all-time peak this afternoon of 27,182,165 concurrent users. That beats Steam's previous best of 26.9 million users online at the same time in April. Read more

Revenge of the Squidlike: You can now play Squid Game in CS:GO too

Squid Game is a Netflix-produced Korean drama that has achieved absolutely ludicrous success since its release in September 2021. In it, desperate contestants compete in deadly variations of children's games for a chance at a cash prize. It has spawned quite a few knock offs in the videogame world, as well as one in the real world. Writing about Squid Game games previously, I foolishly predicted that we wouldn't see many more of them, and also remarked on how they reminded me of the Source engine mods I loved when I was a teenager... Read more.

Here are the Dreams and Nightmares weapon skins coming to CS:GO

This summer, Valve launched a huge CS:GO art contest asking fans to create weapon skins inspired by the theme of 'Dreams and Nightmares', with the winning ten entries set to earn their makers a slice of a whopping $1 million prize pool and the addition of their creations to the live FPS game. Now, those winning weapon skins have been unveiled - and it turns out there were far more than ten worthy entries. "The CS:GO team reviewed over 15,000 entries from artists from all parts of the globe, and decided that ten winning submissions wouldn't be enough," Valve posts on the contest's site. "So, an additional seven were selected (17 total) for a grand total prize pool of $1.7 million." Phwoar. 24 different artists produced the winning creations and, impressively, 14 of these were first-time contributors to the game's Steam Workshop. The studio says it's getting in touch with the winning artists to work with them on shipping the dazzling new skins to the game - but we can get a good look at what's coming right now. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This popular CS:GO map brings 1v1 to outer space New Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update brings a batch of Riptide map changes New CS:GO update brings a bunch of County, Basalt, Dust 2 map changes

Dreams & Nightmares Contest Winners

Dreams & Nightmares Contest Winners Back in July we announced the Dreams & Nightmares Workshop Contest, a $1 mil art event offering the ten winning entries $100,000 each for their dream or nightmare themed weapon finish for CS:GO. By the time the deadline for submissions hit in October, we had received over 15,000 entries. The CS:GO team reviewed the amazing work from artists and teams from all parts of the globe, and decided that ten winners wouldn’t be enough. So, an additional seven winners were selected (17 winners total) for a grand total prize pool of $1.7 million. Winners Nextgenz TheDanidem Niran Sebasteter & Kuch Sparkwire & Druida Druida Maloo supremat oKeyush Madara & Blazer Anbu & kasim.tattoo hook & KvaHu Jerry & zlo Des Guardian Gear Catmagen & b3d Sorarox The winning submissions were produced by 24 different artists, of which 14 were first-time contributors to the workshop. We’re currently contacting the winners, and will work with them over the coming weeks as we prepare their items to get shipped in the game. We want to thank everyone who took the time to contribute their work. We hope to see more from you in the future.

Counter-Strike gets stickers for... Battlefield 2042?

Valve has released a bunch of stickers for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that, rather bizarrely, are themed around Battlefield 2042 iconography. Stickers in CS:GO come in capsules which you have to buy a capsule key to open: after which you'll get one of twelve Battlefield 2042 stickers of varying rarity. The dinosaur one is quite cool to be fair, though of course it's one of the rarest!.. Read more.

On the Battlefield

On the Battlefield Today we are releasing the Battlefield 2042 Sticker Capsule, featuring 12 unique stickers from EA's incoming shooter, Battlefield 2042, releasing November 19th on Steam! So get your Wingsuit and be Ready for Battle; the stickers are now available in-game!

This popular CS:GO map brings 1v1 to outer space

While Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Operation Riptide has some neat new maps to dive into, there are always more popping up from the community that look pretty darn impressive, too. One such fan creation is modder Maui's new 1v1 Spaceship map, which brings the mode to an impressive-looking base out among the stars. From the images on the mod's page, the CS:GO map looks like a pretty spacious, well, space for battling it out one-against-one. There are futuristic, sleek-looking hallways lit by beams of floor-level light to tear up and down, and use to sneak up on your foe. Then there are workspaces full of obstacles to navigate and use for cover, as well as what look like grander rooms with multiple levels to tackle, and multiple entryways to dash in and out of. The story behind the map hinges on the CTs having expanded into space, which is throwing a challenge to the terrorists. They've decided to try and take down the space station's central nuclear generator, switching off security and clearing out the place as they go, as the modder explains. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: New Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update brings a batch of Riptide map changes New CS:GO update brings a bunch of County, Basalt, Dust 2 map changes This impressive CS:GO fan map brings a Half-Life-like spin to classic Wingman

PGL Stockholm 2021 Champions!

PGL Stockholm 2021 Champions! After nearly two years, CS:GO has finally crowned a new Major Champion. In front of a roaring Stockholm arena and with record breaking viewership, NAVI took the grand final from G2 in dramatic double-overtime fashion and closed out the series 2-0. Today we're releasing player autograph capsules to celebrate the champions and other finalists from the PGL Stockholm 2021 Major. You'll find s1mple, electronic, Boombl4, b1t, and Perfecto in the Champions Autographs capsule, with autographs in paper, holo, and gold. PGL Stockholm 2021 Champions! All of the other finalists can be found in the Finalists Autographs capsule, also with autographs in paper, holo, and gold. PGL Stockholm 2021 Champions! Ready to show your support for these legends of CS:GO? 50% of the proceeds are shared with the players and organizations taking part in the Major. Flashbang? Dance! PGL Stockholm 2021 Champions! Hot off their live performance at the Major, you can grab the Verkkar's Flashbang Dance Music Kit (featuring Counter-Strike icon Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert). Grab a music kit and give their ears a ring!

New Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update brings a batch of Riptide map changes

Hot on the heels of Natus Vincere's victory at this year's PGL Stockholm Major, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has got a fresh new update bringing themed autograph capsules, a new music kit, and a batch of changes to two of the FPS game's maps. The two maps in for a round of adjustments with CS:GO's November 9 patch are Insertion II and Extraction - bomb defusal maps added with the ongoing Operation Riptide. The latter gets the biggest batch of updates, kicking off with various upgrades to its middle zone, both "visually and to gameplay". There's no detail beyond this, but it sounds like it'll look and play better overall. Elsewhere, Valve's added a "powerful self-boost" to mid's T-side, and its cubby is now deeper. The windows found at the site are now broken into pieces "due to a classic smoke grenade issue" - before the change, players were visible inside smoke when standing near the breakable windows, so that's been addressed. On a similar note, you'll now find more glass is breakable across Extraction. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: New CS:GO update brings a bunch of County, Basalt, Dust 2 map changes This impressive CS:GO fan map brings a Half-Life-like spin to classic Wingman CS:GO Riptide patch increases maximum griefing cooldown penalty to 14 days

Stockholm 2021—Champions Stage

Stockholm 2021—Champions Stage We started with 24 of the world’s best teams, and now we’re down to the final eight as we enter the Champions Stage of the 2021 Stockholm Major. G2 and NaVi went undefeated in the Legends Stage–comfortably earning their playoff spot–while FURIA, Heroic, and Gambit recovered from day 1 losses with two straight wins. The remaining finalists were decided in dramatic fashion on the fifth day, with Vitality, Virtus.Pro and Ninjas in Pyjamas each going to the third map in their best-of-three series to earn their trip to the Champions Stage. Watch live coverage beginning 4 November on Steam.tv, in GOTV, or on one of several other streaming platforms to see which team will become the next CS:GO Major Champions. Don’t forget to make your playoff picks in the Pick’Em Challenge before the matches begin. And if you haven’t picked up a Viewer Pass yet, it’s not too late! You can find the Viewer Pass, along with Team Sticker Capsules and Team Patch Packs on the 2021 Stockholm Major Steam page.

The Legends Stage concludes

The Legends Stage concludes The Legends Stage of the PGL Stockholm Major has concluded and the Champions Stage teams have been decided! Of the 8 teams advancing to the Champions Stage 2 are Challengers—Heroic and Virtus.pro: 3-0: G2 Esports Natus Vincere 3-1: FURIA Esports Gambit Esports Heroic 3-2: Ninjas in Pyjamas Virtus.pro Team Vitality The Champions Stage begins Thursday, November 4th and Pick'Ems are due prior to the first match starting. Team items are available here with 50% of the proceeds going to teams and organizations taking part in the Major. For the first time in two years a CS:GO Major will be played in front of a live audience. Avicii Arena in Stockholm, Sweden will host the 8 finalists all competing to become Major Champions.

The Challengers Stage concludes

The Challengers Stage concludes The Challengers Stage of the PGL Stockholm Major has concluded and 8 teams have advanced to the Legends Stage. 3-0: Copenhagen Flames FaZe Clan 3-1: ENCE Entropiq Virtus.pro 3-2: Astralis Heroic MOUZ The Legends Stage begins tomorrow, October 30th. Be sure to lock your picks before the first match begins for credit in the Pick'Em Challenge. Team items are available here with 50% of the proceeds going to teams and organizations taking part in the Major. Good luck to all the teams in the Legends Stage!

The PGL Stockholm 2021 Major

The PGL Stockholm 2021 Major After two long years, the Major has finally returned. Join us for the next two weeks as 24 teams battle for their share of a $2,000,000 prize pool and the chance to be crowned CS:GO’s next Major Champion! There’s still time to support your favorite teams at the Major by picking up a Viewer Pass or some team stickers and patches. And don’t forget to make your picks in the Pick’Em challenge before the first matches begin! It’s been a while, so here’s a quick recap on how the Majors work: First, teams are sorted through Regional Major Ranking events, and the number of teams invited from each region depends on how well that region performed in the last Major. The top 8 ranked teams are invited as Legends, the next 8 as Challengers, and the last 8 as Contenders. Then, the Major begins with the ‘Challengers’ stage where Challengers and Contenders compete in a Swiss format (three wins and you move on, three losses and you’re eliminated). Next is the ‘Legends’ stage, where Legends face off against the top 8 from the prior stage, again in a Swiss format. Finally, the top 8 teams reach the Playoffs, a single-elimination bracket where the winner takes all!

The Major is Back

The Major is Back The 2021 Stockholm Major is almost here and you can start supporting your favorite teams now! The 2021 Viewer Pass, Team Sticker Capsules, and Team Patch Packs are now available for purchase. 50% of the proceeds go to the teams and organizations taking part in the 2021 Stockholm Major. Viewer Pass With a Viewer Pass, you’ll get a Stockholm 2021 Event Coin, Pick’em challenges to complete, all-you-can-spray team graffiti, Steam.tv flair, and exclusive access to Stockholm 2021 Souvenir Packages. Every time you upgrade your coin, you can redeem a Souvenir Package of the match of your choice. Souvenirs will feature gold stickers of the teams and map of the match, so watch the Major and make your choice! Want more? Purchase the ‘Viewer Pass +3’ to start off with three Souvenir Tokens, or purchase as many Souvenir Tokens as you’d like once you’ve activated your Pass. Team Stickers and Patches Team Sticker Capsules and–for the first time ever–Team Patch Packs are now available for purchase. Team Sticker Capsules feature paper, holo, foil, and gold stickers, while team Patch Packs feature regular and gold patches. Finalist and Champion Capsules Introducing the Finalists Autograph Sticker Capsule and the Champions Autograph Sticker Capsule, containing the autographs of the champions and other finalists! These capsules will be available for purchase after the Major, so make sure to root for your favorite teams and give them the fan support they need to make it to the playoffs!

New CS:GO update brings a bunch of County, Basalt, Dust 2 map changes

As Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Riptide gets into full swing, we've got a new patch that brings a bunch of changes to several of the FPS game's new, community-made maps (and some of its older ones, too). Valve has shared patch notes for CS:GO's October 7 update, which folds in tweaks and fixes to County, Basalt, Ravine, and more. County - the almost Far Cry 5-like map that joined CS:GO with Op. Riptide - is in for the biggest round of changes. Valve has rolled out fixes which address things like collision on aspen tree models (to stop players getting stuck on them), various other "stuck spots" that were occurring when players jumped, and global sound on bunker doors. The studio's also improved the collision on cliff models in the map, shallowed out the waterfall floor so players can pick up items, and fixed some floating objects. There are some more significant, gameplay-impacting changes in the mix, too. Valve has disabled physics in the creek house's window and renovated the haunted mansion, which includes closing some of its rooms - so it sounds like the flow of that space will be a little different next time you hop in. The bridge's left-side killzone has been removed, too, and some tweaks now stop players escaping the map through the beach area using bump mines. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This impressive CS:GO fan map brings a Half-Life-like spin to classic Wingman CS:GO Riptide patch increases maximum griefing cooldown penalty to 14 days Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Riptide has just dropped

bbnomu$ic kit

bbnomu$ic kitToday we are shipping a new Music Kit from bbno$ featuring the song “u mad!” from his new album “eat ya veggies”—out tomorrow! So eat ya veggies and pick up the new bbno$ Music Kit in standard or StatTrak versions, available now! Release Notes from today are below: - Added the bbno$ - u mad! Music Kit, available in regular and StatTrak™ variants. - Danger Zone — Respawning players are no longer able to select respawn locations that should have been prohibited by the spawnmask map. — Smoothed camera motion when using ExoJump. - Added new VO for Trapper and Trapper Agressor Agents. - Adjusted ragdoll physics. - Dust 2 — Re-tired visblocker from T spawn to mid — Blocked unintended wallbang - Insertion 2 — New glass texture for windows in office, to make it easier to see from inside if the glass is broken or not. — other minor tweaks - Ravine — Fixed bomb stuck spot near spawn — Clipping fixes — Updated radar - Basalt — Added a reception desk to B Connector — Added an additional window to Red Barn — Removed railing on A for easier movement — Visual upgrades to bombsite B — Visual upgrades to Red Barn — Added literature — Added a fuzzy carpet — Small visual upgrades across the whole map - County — Disabled physics on window at creek house — Removed possibility to set metal frame of the quarry building in motion — Set proper scale on metal containers — Improved cliff models collision — Clipped cave ceiling and wooden roofs in order to prevent players from getting stuck while using exojump — Fixed collision on aspen tree models to prevent players from getting stuck — Fixed global sound on bunker doors — Fixed all reported stuck spots while jumping — Increased fade distance for corn field — Clipped beach part of the map to prevent players from escaping the map with bump mines — Extended watertower ladder — Fixed reported floating barrels/turrets — Made waterfall floor more shallow so that the items can be picked up — Closed of some of the rooms in haunted mansion — Renovated haunted mansion — Removed killzone on the left side of the bridge — Optimization

This impressive CS:GO fan map brings a Half-Life-like spin to classic Wingman

A new and impressive-looking Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fan-made map has popped up on the FPS game's Steam Workshop, which takes its classic bomb defusal Wingman game mode and transports it to a futuristic research facility. Set in a research base called Orion, the map looks pretty darn great, and like it would perhaps appeal to fans of another genre giant: Half-Life. Creators KlixX (environment art), Slimek (level design and material creation), and Squidski (3D art and level design help) have posted a new CS:GO map set in the Orion base - the same location as their popular Hostage Wingman map, shared last year - which this time lets you play the classic Wingman mode in the facility. While the maps appear to differ slightly from each other in layout, the description for the latest says it's "set in a remote top secret research facility", and sees the Phoenix faction "trying to sabotage the scientists' work on space exploration", with counter-terrorist agents being sent in to stop them. From the screenshots shared, the map - like its predecessor - looks really impressive. We can see various futuristic-looking hangars, corridors, and other hubs across the space base that look like they'd play host to some intense, close-quarters combat, with each zone seemingly colour-coded to let you know which part of the facility you're in. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO Riptide patch increases maximum griefing cooldown penalty to 14 days Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Riptide has just dropped The CS:GO Stockholm Major is going ahead, and tickets go on sale next week

CS:GO Riptide patch increases maximum griefing cooldown penalty to 14 days

Following the launch earlier this week of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Operation Riptide - the FPS game's latest, and 11th, big operation - Valve has posted a batch of fixes and gameplay updates addressing some hiccups. There's a handful of noteworthy changes with the patch, but the most notable are that the studio has stopped the game's Terrorist side from being able to pick up the Riot Shield, and that the maximum cooldown penalty for griefing has been increased by a whole lot. First up, that cooldown change. The maximum cooldown penalty for griefing in the game has been dialled up by a pretty huge amount, with Valve explaining in the patch notes that it's been "increased from one day to 14 days". That's good news for players keen to see bad behaviour addressed, with this surely being a significant motivator to cut out the griefing and play nice. As for the Riot Shield, this is a new weapon type added to the multiplayer shooter with Operation Riptide, which was - as you'd probably expect - only supposed to be available to the Counter-Terrorist side through the game's buy menu in Casual Hostage map groups. However, the notes suggest the T-side could get their hands on the new bit of defensive kit through CS:GO's "buy-via-donate" option - so, the ability to do that has now been removed. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Riptide has just dropped The CS:GO Stockholm Major is going ahead, and tickets go on sale next week This popular CSGO map brings hostage rescue to the spooky, snowy wilds

You can now drop grenades for your CS:GO teammates

Valve has just revealed the eleventh operation for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Operation Riptide. As is to be expected, there is a mountain of new stickers, skins, agents, and more for players to work towards earning over the next few months, but there are a few big gameplay and playlist changes dropping as well. For starters, there have been some updates to playlists. Players can now finally host private Premier matches on Valve's own servers, and can invite friends to compete in these matches with queue codes. Seemingly as a result of recent debates around the length of matches in CS:GO, Valve has also added the option to play in shorter competitive matches. As well as the usual 30-round matches you can now also play 16-round, first-to-nine matches that Valves estimates will take around 25 minutes to complete. In the gameplay department, there are a number of small but controversial changes on the way. Grenades can now be dropped for teammates like you can with weapons, which could see the development of a specific grenade-focused player role. There's always that one person in your team that knows all the good smokes, right? Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? The best competitive FPS games in 2021 Are CS:GO games too long?

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