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Release Notes for 3/1/2021

– Fixed a bug that allowed enemy players to spawn outside of their spawn location. – Fixed a case where players would see a second bomb in retakes mode. – Fixed some cases where dropped weapons exited the play area.

This fan-made CS:GO map looks like it was plucked out of Far Cry 5

As you'll know if you're into giving the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community's handcrafted creations a whirl, the FPS game's modding scene is thriving. Among many new fan-made maps posted this week is one impressive option that drops you into a portion of rural America called 'Grizzly County', with all the landmarks and scenery that idea conjures up - kind of like Far Cry 5's Hope County. Created by CS:GO modders Lizard and Jakuza, the 'County - Danger Zone' custom map is - as its name implies - crafted for the battle royale game mode, Danger Zone. Set in a fictional slice of rural USA, the map features locations like a farm, sawmill, various homes, a carpenter gothic-style church, quarry, trailer park, motel, police station, and - from the images on the mod's page - what looks like a big, creepy, dilapidated house with suitably spooky interiors. A bird's-eye view of the map gives some sense of its pretty huge scale, and everything looks not only the part, but incredibly detailed. There are big outdoor spaces surrounded by trees and mountains in the distance, and the variety of its layout looks like it would make an awesome spot for a good few rounds of Danger Zone. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO makes a Real Madrid player a lot more nervous than football CS:GO update fixes ping bug, so you now can't "reveal a hidden enemy" CS:GO fan gives the FPS game's Aztec map an impressive "Ancient-style" rework

CS:GO makes a Real Madrid player a lot more nervous than football

Being a football player - soccer, for our American friends - sounds like quite a stressful gig. Putting the social media pressure to one side, you have to go out and perform multiple times a week in front of huge crowds. For one footballer, though, the thought of playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is way more intimidating. When not turning out for football outfit Real Madrid, Carlos Henrique Casimiro can typically be found improving his aim on CS:GO. Heck, he even owns his own esports team. It's an enjoyable enough pastime, but the thought of streaming it and messing up stresses Casimiro out. "Without a doubt, people are much closer and when I fail, there are some insults," he tells Marca (translation via Dexerto). "When I play Counter-Strike, I get a lot more nervous there than playing at the Bernabéu. I feel more pressure with people watching me play videogames live than football." Casemiro goes on to explain that there are some similarities between the way he plays football and CS:GO. When playing for Real Madrid, he typically plays as a defensive midfielder, so he's naturally more comfortable adopting a defensive approach to Valve's FPS game. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO update fixes ping bug, so you now can't "reveal a hidden enemy" CS:GO fan gives the FPS game's Aztec map an impressive "Ancient-style" rework This fan-made CS:GO map lets you play hide-and-seek in a swish and sneaky pad

CS:GO pings will no longer reveal hidden enemies

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has just received another small update, bringing with it a number of changes to maps and the game's ping system. Abubis, Apollo, Engage, and Frostbite have all recieved changes in the February 17 update, but it's a ping bug that's caught the most attention online. That's because, according to the patch notes, pings will "no longer highlight players." This is to prevent pings from mistakenly revealing hidden enemies that might be lurking in a dark corner. Valve has implemented the change after one Redditor noticed you could use the pings to identify enemies who weren't in your field of view. In addition to this important change, a bug which incorrectly caused footstep sounds to be played on some surfaces has been squashed, which is welcome news for the more serious players working their way up the CS:GO ranks. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO veteran karrigan returns to FaZe Clan CS:GO veteran GuardiaN confirms free agency Vitality's IGL apEX to take a break from CS:GO due to "personal problems"

CS:GO update fixes ping bug, so you now can't "reveal a hidden enemy"

A new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update has dropped, which ushers in a bunch of various map changes and addresses one of the FPS game's ping-related bugs. The February 17 patch notes detail a pretty sizeable list of changes, including adjustments to Anubis, Engage, Apollo, and Frostbite, alongside a fix that stops pings from highlighting players. "Pings no longer highlight players," developer Valve announces in the notes, explaining that this "eliminates any instances of being able to reveal a hidden enemy". It seems this fix addresses a hiccup recently spotted by the multiplayer game's community, which would let pings reveal an opposing player hiding behind a corner if approached in a certain way - that is, pinged when standing right at the corner. The marker could show their location even before you had seen them. Alongside this, the new patch brings a few other minor bug fixes which caused "the incorrect footstep sounds to be played on some surfaces", "short-handed bonus being given in Guardian mode", and a "visual shuffle" which was showing up in post-match map votes. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO fan gives the FPS game's Aztec map an impressive "Ancient-style" rework This fan-made CS:GO map lets you play hide-and-seek in a swish and sneaky pad Five years on, CS:GO fan completes the popular 'Bloodsport' weapon skin line

Release Notes for 2/17/2021

- Anubis -- Reskinned the signs and information boards -- Fixed the wallbang through the trim on the mid building between double door and the CT house -- Added some grenade clips to prevent weird grenade bouncing on A heaven - Engage -- Fixed several visual issues -- Removed boost spots -- Updated Bot NAV (Thanks Ham) - Apollo -- Multiple exploits, clipping faults and boosts etc. fix based on the feedback of Oliv1er and timure of the MapInk Discord -- Fixed spawn boost exploit (thanks Marius) -- blocked guns going out of CT spawn so much with a big sign. (thanks Fnugz) - Frostbite -- Removed window glass from buildings to improve gameplay -- Fixed exploit in Town -- Fixed stuck spots -- Fixed certain visual errors -- Adjusted border clipping -- Fixed floating exploding barrel/turret spawns -- Adjusted prop fade distance in the bunker -- Added drone clips to buildings at Tourist and Radio - Pings no longer highlight players. This eliminates any instances of being able to reveal a hidden enemy. - Fixed a bug which caused the incorrect footstep sounds to be played on some surfaces. - Fixed short-handed bonus being given in Guardian mode. - Fixed visual shuffle in map vote at end of match.

CS:GO fan gives the FPS game's Aztec map an impressive "Ancient-style" rework

A Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fan has given players a way to tackle one of the FPS game's fan-favourite maps with a whole new twist, through a custom creation that gives it the flavour of another map entirely. Creator and CS:GO fan Henge has posted a new mod that reworks the Aztec bomb defusal map to give it an "Ancient-style" design. "Here is de_aztec in Ancient style," the modder says, explaining: "I wanted to give the Aztec veterans a chance to play their loved map in a new beauty design." As you can see in the before-and-after-style clip below, the transformation is pretty incredible. The blueprint of Aztec is still very much there, and it doesn't look like fans of the map will find it especially different to navigate - but, its whole aesthetic is given a new flavour, styled after the map introduced in last year's CS:GO Operation Broken Fang. The map's brickwork is chunkier, more ornate, and given a more realistic, ramshackle look (well, they are ruins of an ancient site, after all). Plus, some new details - like additional structures and tall trees - are added, and the whole effect is pretty darn gorgeous. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO update fixes ping bug, so you now can't "reveal a hidden enemy" This fan-made CS:GO map lets you play hide-and-seek in a swish and sneaky pad Five years on, CS:GO fan completes the popular 'Bloodsport' weapon skin line

CS:GO veteran karrigan returns to FaZe Clan

FaZe Clan's former in-game leader Finn 'karrigan' Andersen has returned to the organisation's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster after leaving mousesports. The Dane, who played for FaZe for more than two years between 2016 and 2018, is now back with the team following the retirement of Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer. During his first stint with FaZe, karrigan helped guide the organisation to a number of big tournament wins, such as an ELEAGUE Premier title in 2017 and EPICENTER 2018. Despite now being 30 years old, the rifler has still managed to stick to his winning ways during his time at mousesports, which included winning Season 10 of the ESL Pro League. During his decorated career, which has seen him represent other big name organisations such as TSM, Astralis, and Fnatic, karrigan has won over $1 million in tournament prize money. While many older CS:GO pros have looked for a fresh start in esports by switching over to Valorant, karrigan still looks in prime shape to keep competing at the highest level and is clearly keen to bring even more titles to FaZe. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO pings will no longer reveal hidden enemies CS:GO veteran GuardiaN confirms free agency Vitality's IGL apEX to take a break from CS:GO due to "personal problems"

This fan-made CS:GO map lets you play hide-and-seek in a swish and sneaky pad

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive modding community has been busy lately. We've very recently reported on a very handy fan-made CS:GO training map that helps you nail your aim and movement as well as a complete 'Bloodsport' CS:GO skin line, five years in the making. Now, another community treat has caught our eye, in the form of a neat new hide-and-seek map. Simply called 'Hide-and-Seek House', modder S224's new community creation sees you and some CS:GO-loving buddies head into a house - a little reminiscent in places of a GTA V Vinewood-style pad - for a good few rounds of, well, hiding and seeking. "There are lots of cool hideouts and passages on the map," the creator says, adding that they "tried to make every element on the map perfectly finished the way I wanted". Oh, and they tease that there's "one interesting place worth seeing" in it. Hmm. As you can see in the preview clip below, from the outside the place looks like a regular - if relatively swish - residential pad, with gardens, a garage, (empty) pool, and even a jungle gym. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Five years on, CS:GO fan completes the popular 'Bloodsport' weapon skin line New fan-made CS:GO training map helps you nail your aim and movement Shroud prefers Valorant to CSGO because of a lack of cheaters

CS:GO veteran GuardiaN confirms free agency

One of the Counter-Strike scene's most well-known players, veteran AWPer Ladislav '⁠GuardiaN' Kovács, has announced he is a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Natus Vincere. The Slovakian, who has been benched since the signing of Ilya 'Perfecto' Zalutskiy in January 2020, is an iconic name in Na'Vi's history, but failed to replicate the form of yesteryear since rejoining the organisation in 2019. Between his first and second stints with Na'Vi, GuardiaN represented FaZe Clan, winning a number of big events such as ELEAGUE Premier and ESL One New York in 2017 and EPICENTER in 2018. However, he could only land just a four-month stint on Na'Vi's roster before sitting on the sidelines for what has now been over a year. The 29-year-old AWPer says in a tweet that he is now open to any offers and is willing to "grind back my way to the top level events." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO pings will no longer reveal hidden enemies CS:GO veteran karrigan returns to FaZe Clan Vitality's IGL apEX to take a break from CS:GO due to "personal problems"

Five years on, CS:GO fan completes the popular 'Bloodsport' weapon skin line

'Bloodsport' is a popular line of fan-made Counter-Strike: Global Offensive weapon skins which has been in the works for years. While some weapons, such as the SCAR-20, AK-47, and MP7 have been available in the game for a long while, the creator has now announced that nearly half a decade on, they've finally finished the complete skin line. "After almost five years I finally finished the Bloodsport design on all the CS:GO weapons," creator Slimeface announces on the FPS game's subreddit. "Let me know what you think." The fan-made skin line features "white logo decals over a red and black hydrographic", as its CS:GO Fandom page details, and is themed on "racing and extreme sports sponsors", as the creator explains. You can check out the full range of weapons given the new makeover - from snipers and handguns to assault rifles and submachine guns - below. The competed workshop skin line has drawn a very positive response from the multiplayer game's community on Reddit so far, with over 1.2k upvotes as of writing, and tons of replies praising how the style looks across the weapon types. Some have also been expressing their hope that the skins gets implemented into the main game at some point, as some community creations do. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This fan-made CS:GO map lets you play hide-and-seek in a swish and sneaky pad New fan-made CS:GO training map helps you nail your aim and movement Shroud prefers Valorant to CSGO because of a lack of cheaters

New fan-made CS:GO training map helps you nail your aim and movement

If you're a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fan, you'll know the FPS game's got a thriving modding community, with custom maps and skins popping up on its Steam Workshop page daily. A popular new map, currently sitting with a five-star rating from fans, aims to, well, help you improve your aim as well as your movement in-game. As you can see in the preview clip below, creator Dreazc0v's new DC Aim and Movement training map for CS:GO is based in an indoor, warehouse-like location. It has several different areas and features designed to help players hone some of the skills needed to gain an edge in the live game, such an open-plan arena in which it appears you can spawn bots that'll hunt you down from all directions. Minimal barriers between you and them (just a few crates) mean you'll have to keep your aim sharp to nab them before they nab you. There are also target firing ranges, which it seems you can move up and down their tracks, giving you practice at various ranges, and with adjustable speeds. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Shroud prefers Valorant to CSGO because of a lack of cheaters CSGO will now compensate you for shorthanded losing streaks in Competitive and Wingman 35 CSGO players banned by ESIC for betting related violations

Vitality's IGL apEX to take a break from CS:GO due to "personal problems"

Team Vitality has revealed that in-game leader Dan 'apEX' Madesclaire is taking a break from competitive Counter-Strike due to a number of factors, including "personal problems". The 28-year-old, who just yesterday competed in the first match Vitality's BLAST Premier Spring campaign, will now be out of action for the "entire" competition at least, according to a statement from Vitality coach Rémy 'XTQZZZ' Quoniam. This period of absence may also be extended should apEX need more time away from the team. In his statement XTQZZZ lists a number of factors that have been affecting his players in the past few weeks, which he also says is attributing to Vitality's sluggish start to 2021. "Collective difficulties within the team are currently impacting performance," the coach says. "The early season announcements and unjustified accusations have been difficult to take, in addition to the current health context." The "accusations" appear to be in reference to the $10,000 fine Vitality was forced to pay for having a stream of the game they were playing on near its players. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO pings will no longer reveal hidden enemies CS:GO veteran karrigan returns to FaZe Clan CS:GO veteran GuardiaN confirms free agency

Shroud prefers Valorant to CSGO because of a lack of cheaters

As some of you may, or may not, know, Michael 'Shroud' Grzesiek used to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to a pretty decent level. That means that now and again someone will hop into his chat and ask the hugely popular streamer if he fancies giving Valve's shooter another go. It happened again recently, and Shroud took the opportunity to reflect on the state of the game. He was playing Valorant at the time, which is essentially Riot's take on CSGO, so uses that as a point of comparison. "I'd love to play CSGO if it was good," he says. "The beauty of Valorant is its accessibility. You jump in, you play, you're confident, and you play your one or two games, have a good time or have a bad time, but at least you know you're not going to get cheated." Shroud then explains that most casual games of CSGO he plays reportedly involve someone using aimbot, sprintbot, wall hacks, or generally just teleporting about the place. Even before Valorant came on the scene, Riot was highlighting the competitive game's Vanguard anti-cheat system. CSGO is notably older, to be fair to it, though complaints of cheating have persisted for a long time. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: New fan-made CS:GO training map helps you nail your aim and movement CSGO will now compensate you for shorthanded losing streaks in Competitive and Wingman 35 CSGO players banned by ESIC for betting related violations

CS:GO cheats: What cheats are available, what can they do, and more

Like with any competitive multiplayer game, there's a big market for cheats in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Valve's timeless first-person shooter has an incredibly high skill ceiling, and some players will resort to using cheats or hacks to make their way to the elusive rank of Global Elite. It can be tempting to cheat when you're constantly dying to better players, but doing so can lead to some pretty bad repercussions. If you value your Steam account and the ability of playing online multiplayer games with friends, you might want to reconsider. With permanent CS:GO bans and VAC bans on the line, the risks seriously outweigh the benefits of downloading a dodgy script you found online. Nevertheless the world of cheating in games, and more specifically in CS:GO is fascinating, and we don't blame you if it's piqued your interest. So, without further ado, here's everything you need to know about CS:GO cheats, how to catch a cheater, and what punishments they may face. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO pings will no longer reveal hidden enemies CS:GO veteran karrigan returns to FaZe Clan CS:GO veteran GuardiaN confirms free agency

North esports organisation to be shut down

The owners of Danish esports team North have announced that the organisation will be wound down. The announcement comes just weeks after North signed new talent to its Counter-Strike roster and was continuing to compete and make content as per usual up until today. According to a statement, North's investors (FC Copenhagen owners Parken Sport & Media and Nordisk Film) have decided to cease operations, citing the coronavirus pandemic's impact on the esports industry as the reason. "We have searched the market to get one or more co-investors on board the project, but have unfortunately not found the right match," says Lars Bo Jeppesen, chairman of North and director of Parken Sport & Entertainment. "It will require significant continued investment to create a sustainable business in the future and therefore we believe that the sole responsibility for our overall business is to focus all our focus on our core business in FC Copenhagen." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Apex Legends weapons tier list: the best guns in the battle royale game Life after North: How MCD won its first Apex Legends tournament without an organisation Apex Legends Season 8 tier list

Esport Denmark is using esports to help elderly people stay connected

"I would love to learn how to play Counter-Strike," says Lars Hartvig, who is nearly 62. Hartvig lives in Slagelse Kommune, a remote municipality of Denmark which is playing host to a new Esport Denmark initiative which intends to introduce esports to the elderly. Hartvig chuckles at the fact that he will be one of the youngest participants, saying "As I understand, I'm a junior player at the age of 62 - that's grand." The six-month program is aimed at adults aged 60 and over, in order to help them stay in touch with each other and combat pandemic-induced loneliness. "The last time I played a game was 25 or 30 years ago when I played Wolfenstein and Prince of Persia on my Commodore 64," he explains. Despite having not played many videogames in the time since, his eight-year-old grandson inspired him to join the initiative in order to learn how to play more modern games. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO veteran karrigan returns to FaZe Clan CS:GO veteran GuardiaN confirms free agency Vitality's IGL apEX to take a break from CS:GO due to "personal problems"

BLAST will not implement CS:GO coaching changes despite Valve ruling

BLAST Premier events will still permit Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coaches in the same room as their players, according to the tournament organiser, despite recent rulings for Valve-associated events prohibiting it. In a statement ahead of the BLAST Premier Spring group stage from BLAST's newly-appointed commissioner Andrew Haworth, the tournament organiser's position on the matter was made clear, saying it would permit coaches to communicate with their players and be in the same room as them during matches. This is something Valve has now banned for upcoming Regional Major Ranking events (which see teams earn points to qualify for the PGL Stockholm Major in October) following the rampant abuse of CS:GO's coach spectator bug that continues to be investigated by the Esports Integrity Commission. "We believe that the mechanisms we have in place enable us to listen and observe coaches actions when they are on the server and in the room with the players," Haworth reassures in the statement. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Vitality's IGL apEX to take a break from CS:GO due to "personal problems" CS:GO cheats: What cheats are available, what can they do, and more North esports organisation to be shut down

CSGO will now compensate you for shorthanded losing streaks in Competitive and Wingman

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has just received a couple of significant updates that, among a bunch of other tweaks and fixes, add a feature that'll compensate players for losing streaks while being shorthanded in two of the FPS game's most popular modes. So, if you're a team member down against your opponents for several rounds on the trot and then score a loss, you'll receive some in-game cash. "In Competitive and Wingman, if your team has fewer players than the opposing team for three or more consecutive rounds in the half, each of your team members will receive a $1000 'Shorthanded Loser Income' following a round loss," Valve explains in the multiplayer game's January 27 patch notes. It's worth noting, though, that this won't apply in situations where a teammate was kicked from a match. So, while tackling opponents while a teammate down can be a frustrating task, this gameplay change should take the sting out of a losing streak in the two modes. Additionally, the game's update adds a new "technical timeout" feature to the two modes - which is different to its existing tactical timeouts option. As Valve explains, this means each team gets a two minute technical timeout, which gets initiated automatically when a teammate disconnects for the first time in a match. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: 35 CSGO players banned by ESIC for betting related violations CSGO update makes a bunch of Apollo map changes CSGO fan creates procedurally generated aim map with "tens of millions" of variations

Valve sanctions banned CS:GO coaches, resets RMR points

Four months after 37 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coaches were banned by the Esports Coalition Integrity Commission for exploiting the infamous coaching bug in online games, Valve has revealed it's now sanctioning those found at fault. In an update posted to the official CS:GO blog, Valve has ruled that those found exploiting the bug will be banned from attending Majors in the future. Valve uses a scaling table to show how this will be put into effect, but in short, coaches found to have two ESIC demerit points will be banned from one Major, coaches with three demerits will be banned from two Majors, and so on and so forth to six demerit points. It's currently unknown which coaches are set to miss out just yet though, but those with six points will be barred from all future Majors. In addition to the sanctions, Valve has also made some pretty big changes to the way coaches can communicate with their players during online Regional Major Ranking matches. Now, coaching staff will no longer be able to work with players during qualifying matches. This means coaches won't be allowed in the same room as players or on the same server. They also won't be allowed to communicate with their players at all during the course of the match. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: North esports organisation to be shut down Esport Denmark is using esports to help elderly people stay connected BLAST will not implement CS:GO coaching changes despite Valve ruling

2021 RMR Update

2021 RMR Update 2020 RMR Sticker Capsules Over the past year, the top CS:GO teams in the world competed in regional ranking events for invitations to a Major Championship. Ultimately there would be no Major in 2020, but it is important that fans have an opportunity to celebrate and recognize the hard work of the best teams of 2020. So we’re excited to announce 2020 CS:GO RMR Capsules. These capsules represent the teams that would have received invitations to the 2020 Fall Major, broken down by their invitation status (Legend, Challenger, Contender). You can find the final RMR scores and standings here. For these stickers, 50% of the proceeds directly support the teams. 2021 RMR Events We will continue to hold regional RMR events to identify the 24 teams to invite to the 2021 PGL Stockholm Major. In the link below you can find all the details and updates to the 2021 RMR event system, but here are some highlights: RMR points are reset for 2021, however the 2020 RMR Legends will start with 600, Challengers with 300, and contenders with 100 points. Teams can now specify a substitute player (any player who is not registered to participate or substitute for another team) that is separate from their coach. A team incurs a penalty when they substitute out a player in an event, but there is no penalty when that player is brought back in. During online matches only players are allowed in the room and on the server. Neither coaches nor any other team staff will be allowed in the room, on the server, or to otherwise communicate with the team during an online match. The full details of the 2021 RMR system can be found here. Coaching Integrity In September of 2020 we were alerted to the fact that many professional coaches were exploiting a coaching-feature bug to gain an unfair advantage during matches. You can read about our initial response here. Since then, ESIC has published the findings of their investigation and the resulting sanctions. You can read about them here. As our follow up, we have decided that coaches that exploited the camera bug will be ineligible to participate in some number of future Valve-sponsored events–that number to be determined by the extent of the abuse. The following table translates ESIC demerits into Major ineligibility: ESIC Demerits — Number of Majors to Miss 2 Demerits — 1 Event 3 Demerits — 2 Events 4 Demerits — 3 Events 5 Demerits — 5 Events 6+ Demerits — All Events In addition to consequences for individuals, we have also thought about how commonly coaches exploited the bug, for how long it went unreported, as well as how common coach stream-sniping accusations have been. To avoid the diminished integrity of coaching from casting a shadow on the integrity of Valve-sponsored events, we’ll be changing the restrictions on support staff in the following way: During online matches only players are allowed in the room and on the server. Neither coaches nor any other team staff will be allowed in the room, on the server, or to otherwise communicate with the team during an online match. Finally, today's Release Notes can be found here.

Vitality's CS:GO team fined $10,000 for stream sniping

The Esports Integrity Commission has fined Vitality's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team $10,000 for stream sniping. The misdemeanour occurred during Vitality's BLAST Premier matches against Team Liquid and Complexity, where the official stream clearly showed the broadcast being played on a television in the lounge behind the players. The BLAST Premier is one of the biggest esports tournaments, but ESIC's assessment of the footage "does not suggest that the players were given information derived from the stream or that they gained any advantage in their matches". Therefore, ESIC determines that a ban would be a "disproportionate" punishment for Vitality. Vitality's management has accepted responsibility for the error, with CEO Nicolas Maurer saying that "Even though this is not coming from a malicious intention, we agree that this placement is controversial. This is a big mistake on our side and we accept the fine." Both the team and BLAST Premier commissioner Andrew Haworth acknowledge that as soon as the team was made aware of the stream playing behind its players, someone immediately turned off the screen. Maurer additionally apologised to all CS:GO fans for the violation. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: BLAST will not implement CS:GO coaching changes despite Valve ruling Valve sanctions banned CS:GO coaches, resets RMR points ESIC bans 35 CS:GO players for betting-related offenses

35 pro CS:GO players have been banned for "betting-related offences"

A number of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have been punished for breaching the Esports Integrity Commission's - ESIC - anti-corruption rules. "ESIC issues sanctions against 35 players for betting-related offences & extends bans for 2 players previously sanctioned in October 2020," ESIC reported. "ESIC will continue to investigate further offences in Australia, NA and Europe in cooperation with law enforcement." "Sanctions issued in today's release are not for match-fixing," the organisation adds. "However, ESIC is of the view that there is a high possibility that it will issue match-fixing charges arising from the ongoing investigations, potentially including against players sanctioned today." Read more

35 CSGO players banned by ESIC for betting related violations

Nearly three dozen professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have been sanctioned for breaching the ESIC's Anti-Corruption Code. For several it's their second offence in the multiplayer game, and the punishments include bans of up to five years. The Esports Integrity Commission issued a report on the sanctions Friday, breaking down the investigation, infractions, and subsequent actions taken. Coming from the Australian, North American, and European regions, 35 players have been deemed to have committed some infraction of the Anti-Corruption Code, meaning they bet on matches featuring ESIC members, bet on a specific individuals matches within the ESIC, or bet against someone's matches within the ESIC. Five levels of punishment are given, severity ranging from betting within the ESIC, landing a one year ban, to betting against a single team for 10 or more matches, earning the offender a hefty five years instead. Two previous offenders had their bans increased after evidence of further infringement came to light; Akram 'ADK' Smida, formerly of Rooster, who now has a two year ban instead of one, and Darly 'Mayker' May, formerly of Ground Zero, had his one year upped to three. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CSGO update makes a bunch of Apollo map changes CSGO fan creates procedurally generated aim map with "tens of millions" of variations CS:GO update - the latest changes to the world's best FPS

ESIC bans 35 CS:GO players for betting-related offenses

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has today announced a fresh wave of bans for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players caught by its ongoing betting and match-fixing investigation. Alongside the seven players who had previously been banned back in October - two of which now face revised charges - a further 35 now face sanctions. According to the investigation, there were numerous forms of betting behaviour present which violate the Anti-Corruption Code, such as players betting on their own team to either win or lose matches, and more generally "betting on matches in ESIC member events". These players now face bans from ESIC member events - the organisers of which include ESL, DreamHack, and a host of others - for up to five years. ESIC states that, although the guilty parties have not been charged for match-fixing in today's report, it "is of the view that there is a high possibility that it will issue match-fixing charges arising from the ongoing investigations, potentially including against players sanctioned today." Additionally, the investigation into "further offences in Australia, NA, and Europe in cooperation with law enforcement" will continue. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Valve sanctions banned CS:GO coaches, resets RMR points Vitality's CS:GO team fined $10,000 for stream sniping CS:GO star woxic dropped from Cloud9

CSGO update makes a bunch of Apollo map changes

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has got another update this week, which - as is often the case - brings a smattering of various gameplay, map, and other miscellaneous changes to Valve's FPS game. The latest patch, though, notably adds a bunch of tweaks to CS:GO's Apollo map, including a fix for some hiccups caused by the multiplayer game's most recent update. It's not detailed in the new CS:GO update notes what these issues were, exactly, but it's always good to see troubles introduced get picked up and ironed out quickly (the latest patch having gone live a fortnight back). Other changes to the fan-made hostage rescue map, which features in CS:GO's recent expansion Operation Broken Fang, include making glass breaking "more consistent", replacing and realigning some textures that weren't quite right, and deleting an "upsetting bench". Additionally, the update's Apollo fixes include fixing "some gun stuck spots" and boost spots, removing cans that some players mistook for smoke grenades, reducing assets in giftspot, and - finally - "other general optimisations for lower end computers". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: 35 CSGO players banned by ESIC for betting related violations CSGO fan creates procedurally generated aim map with "tens of millions" of variations CS:GO update - the latest changes to the world's best FPS

CSGO fan creates procedurally generated aim map with "tens of millions" of variations

As one of the biggest and best Steam games, it's no surprise that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a thriving community workshop scene, with oodles of fan-made maps and skins to try out. Occasionally, however, something really impressive hits the FPS game's workshop, such as a new custom Inferno aim map that works in procedural generation - meaning, there are "tens of millions" of map variations, according to its maker. Orel's 'Aim Rogue Inferno' procedurally generated map offers a new layout each round, made up of elements in the style of CS:GO's Inferno map. According to a clip showcasing the map (below), it includes three types of map generation - symmetrical, half-symmetrical, and non-symmetrical - as well as support for custom seeds, full customisability, and map variations into the tens of millions. To give it a go, the creator explains on the map's Steam workshop page, all you have to do is walk into a 'start' area and wait for the map generation to do its thing. As you can see in the clip, it looks like the map isn't huge in scale - but it's pretty huge in scope. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CSGO update makes a bunch of Apollo map changes CS:GO update - the latest changes to the world's best FPS A CSGO fan has remade part of its Mirage map and it looks gorgeous

CS:GO star woxic dropped from Cloud9

Cloud9 has confirmed it has terminated the contract of Özgür '⁠woxic' Eker. The news comes nearly two weeks after reports about the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player's uncertain future with the so-called "Colossus" began to circulate. The Turkish AWPer, who joined Cloud9 late last year in a deal worth $1.4 million, was reportedly being benched due to "non-performance related issues." However, Cloud9's general manager Henry 'HenryG' Greer has now confirmed this is not the case and he has instead been released. "There's no denying woxic's skill and explosive world-class potential in CS:GO," his statement reads. "However it's also no secret that recent months have been especially rough for him. As a team, we were unable to overcome various challenges that affected his performance that included an unreliable high ping and not to mention a compromising time zone." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Vitality's CS:GO team fined $10,000 for stream sniping ESIC bans 35 CS:GO players for betting-related offenses Counter-Strike legend GeT_RiGhT retires from competitive play

Counter-Strike legend GeT_RiGhT retires from competitive play

Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund has stepped down from competitive Counter-Strike. The 30-year-old Swede announced via his Twitch channel that, while he has re-signed with Dignitas - the team he first moved to at the beginning of 2020 - it would be in a content creation capacity and not a competitive one. Later in a tweet, GeT_RiGhT gives his thanks to all of his "ex teammates, TOs, organisations, partners, friends, fans, and so on." "I couldn't dream of a career I had if it wasn't for you," he says. GeT_RiGhT has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in Counter-Strike esports, having been hailed as the second best CS player in the world by HLTV during the CS 1.6 era in 2010 and 2011, and the very best in the world at Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in 2013 and 2014. Following teasers on his social media channels, many were tipping the CS:GO icon to make the switch to Valorant esports. However, it looks like his competitive days are now over, regardless of the game. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Vitality's CS:GO team fined $10,000 for stream sniping ESIC bans 35 CS:GO players for betting-related offenses CS:GO star woxic dropped from Cloud9

Stockholm to host the 2021 CS:GO Major, with the biggest ever prize pool

Valve along with PGL have announced the return of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's next Major Championship that will take place this year in Sweden. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/01/stockholm-to-host-the-2021-csgo-major-with-the-biggest-ever-prize-pool

CS:GO's 2021 Major Championship

CS:GO's 2021 Major Championship CS:GO’s next Major Championship will be hosted by PGL, and will take place in Stockholm at the Ericsson Globe, October 23rd-November 7th, provided it is safe to hold live competitive events by that time. Join us in Sweden, or watch all of the matches online with the CS:GO Major’s first 4K 60fps stream! Twenty-four teams will battle for their share of a $2,000,000 prize pool. Those teams will be identified through a series of Regional Major Ranking (RMR) events throughout the year, initially taking place online and culminating in at least one offline RMR per region prior to the Major. We’ll provide more detail about 2021 RMR events soon. It has been a long stretch since CS:GO last crowned a Major Champion. Who will rise to the top and claim the title?

PGL confirms 2021 CS:GO major

Tournament organiser PGL has confirmed the news that Counter-Strike fans have been eagerly awaiting for months: the date of the next major. With the pandemic cancelling 2020's planned majors and casting doubt on whether we'd get one this year at all, PGL has now announced that it will be hosting a CS:GO major in Stockholm, Sweden, between October 23 and November 7, 2021. This will be the first CS:GO major since the StarLadder Berlin tournament which concluded in September 2019. By the time PGL Stockholm comes around, fans will have waited over two years to see a top-tier CS:GO tournament. The good news doesn't end, as PGL also reveals the Stockholm major will boast the largest prize pool ever seen for a CS:GO event at $2 million. Fans will also be excited to learn that there are plans to have a live audience inside the host city's Ericsson Globe to watch the business end of the tournament between November 4 and November 7. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: ESIC bans 35 CS:GO players for betting-related offenses CS:GO star woxic dropped from Cloud9 Counter-Strike legend GeT_RiGhT retires from competitive play

A CSGO fan has remade part of its Mirage map and it looks gorgeous

While some players might be keen to see an official remake of CS:GO map Mirage hit the FPS game one day, one fan has decided to remake one of its key locations themselves. CS:GO fan Dooodaaad has reimagined the 'B short' portion the multiplayer game's Mirage map, and it looks pretty incredible. "While we wait for Valve to remake Mirage, I figured I'd give it a try," the creator says. "Here's what I did with catwalk!" As you can see in some before-and-after comparison shots they've posted on Imgur here, the difference is pretty astonishing. The previously minimalist street scene has been partially remodelled, with the building corner in the section's centre turned into a rustic brick shelter with decorative awning, hanging plant, and café table with chairs. There's also a scooter tucked away in the shadows. As for the building ahead, its previously bare façade has been given a bit of an overhaul, with decorative new windows that look like those seen in Dust 2 and a gate entrance. While it looks very different from live Mirage, the creator says they "remade the basic geometry from the original level exactly," but "just decorated it differently". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO update - the latest changes to the world's best FPS CSGO update removes bots from competitive and wingman modes CS:GO Operation Broken Fang is now live

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players wave goodbye to bots by remembering them at their best

An update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive this week pulled bots from competitive matches - and now players are remembering them at their best. Prior to the 7th January update, when a CS:GO player disconnected or was kicked they were replaced by a bot to keep teams even. Following the update, players who disconnect or are kicked in classic competitive and wingman modes will no longer be replaced by a bot. This means there is no more 5v5 if a player leaves - teams will always be a player down. If the the entire other team leaves, one bot will be left on the other team, idling in spawn. Read more

CS:GO update removes bots from competitive matches

A new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive patch has just dropped, but away from its standard bug fixes and map tweaks, there's one change that's got the community talking - the decision to remove bots from competitive and Wingman games. Traditionally if a player left or was kicked from a game, they would be replaced with a bot. These bots, if you could stop them from rushing B with their freshly purchased Negev, could be controlled by a player upon their death. This led to some four-man stacks kicking their solo queue teammates to take full control of the game. This will no longer be the case anymore, though. Valve has decided to remove bots altogether in competitive modes (unless the entire team leaves the match) and while it should help curb toxicity online, it's left a pretty sour taste in the mouths of many fans grinding the CS:GO ranks. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO star woxic dropped from Cloud9 Counter-Strike legend GeT_RiGhT retires from competitive play G2 Esports announces new partnership with Adidas

CSGO update removes bots from competitive and wingman modes

Valve just dropped a pretty key change into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as part of the FPS game's January 7 update. Alongside a bunch of tweaks to CS:GO's maps and some other miscellaneous changes, the devs have changed how bots work in the multiplayer game's competitive and wingman modes - namely, they won't really be a thing anymore. "When a player disconnects or is kicked in classic competitive and wingman modes, they will no longer be replaced by a bot," the latest CS:GO update notes explain. So, if one of the players on your team drops off of a match or is removed, you'll essentially be a teammate down following the change, unless they're able to hop back in - there won't be some AI to help make up the shortfall. Alongside this, the patch notes explain that if an entire team leaves a match, they'll be replaced by just one single bot, "idling in spawn", which should be easy to pick off by the remaining team's players. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO Operation Broken Fang is now live You can now play Portal in CS:GO with this mod The best sniper games on PC

Release Notes for 1/7/2021

This update contains a gameplay change for disconnected players in competitive and wingman modes - fixes and optimizations to Ancient, Cache, Engage, and Guard - and other miscellaneous changes. - When a player disconnects or is kicked in classic competitive and wingman modes, they will no longer be replaced by a bot. If the entire other team leaves, one bot will be left on the other team, idling in spawn. - Fixed bots not navigating properly in Warmup arenas. - Reduced size of SWAT sleeves matching all existing models. - Fixed a crash in Windows dedicated server when "version" command is issued. - Pings no longer move when walked over by characters, and will no longer highlight weapons in competitive matches. - Adjusted Retakes clip areas in Mirage and Train - Accounts that completed government identity verification have been upgraded to CS:GO Prime Account Status for Steam China. Ancient - Further optimizations - Fixed some clipping bugs Cache -Fixed a pixel-gap in the Cargo containers in T-Spawn (Thanks to the perceptive individual that reported it to 3kliksphilip!) -Fixed Cargo containers not having their proper colors. -Fixed bomb explosions being visible above the A site. (Thanks markman2575!) Engage - Removed several boost spots - Added stairs in the garage for better rotation flow - Breakable glass ceiling around A-site and Mid. Smokes and flashes can now be used on A-site - Removed "office" area on mid - Added ladder on A upper CT side - Both entrances of the hut are now wider for better player traffic flow between A-site and Mid - Lowered A upper and bridge to make entire bombsite more readable - Removed several awkward angles on A-site - Removed excessive areas on A-site - Removed clutter on A-site - Better FPS around the whole map Guard - Widened inner part of connector - Reduced size of restaurant corner - Adjusted tarp positions on truck to eliminate some angles - Lowered half-wall at stairs - Adjusted timings by pushing CT spawns back a bit - Shifted crates next to tower further towards pit - Enhanced visibility for various long range angles - Removed electric box next to bikes - Reduced amount of breakable glass at shop - Blocked angle from CT boost to pit - Increased size of ladder hole - Added location names - Fixed players being able to see into the tower area when boosted at dumpster (u/ReVoLTimE) - Fixed some Z-fighting and intersecting geo (Thanks Joaokaka1998) - Fixed various visible nodraw textures (Thanks Joaokaka1998, Fnugz, u/TheSpudd, u/ReVoLTimE) - Fixed various bomb stuck spots (Thanks Joaokaka1998) - Fixed player stuck spot on street (Kerluck) - Clipping adjustments throughout the map (Thanks Joaokaka1998, u/ReVoLTimE, Kerluck) - Minor visual adjustments and enhancements

Cloud9 reportedly benches CS:GO star woxic

Cloud9's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team looks set to make another personnel change just four months after its latest restructure. Özgür '⁠woxic' Eker, who signed with the organisation in a deal worth nearly $1.4 million, has been reportedly benched. According to reports by Rush B Media, the Turkish AWPer was benched earlier this week, and while the exact reason hasn't been disclosed, a source close to the player says it is due to "non-performance related issues." The decision to bench woxic has come at time of change for Cloud9. Just last week, the organisation announced it was parting ways with coach Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović due to a "stylistic clash" between him and in-game leader Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin. Although general manager Henry 'HenryG' Greer noted there is "no bad blood," it's clear the team, dubbed as the Colossus, is trying to get its house in order before competitive CS:GO returns for 2021. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO star woxic dropped from Cloud9 Counter-Strike legend GeT_RiGhT retires from competitive play G2 Esports announces new partnership with Adidas

CS:GO wins the 2020 "Labor of Love" Steam Award!

CS:GO wins the 2020 CS:GO has won the 2020 "Labor of Love" Steam Award, voted on by the Steam Community and awarded to a previously released game which continues to receive updates. In 2020 we shipped a number of gameplay updates, including adjustments to multiple maps, improved communication tools, weapon changes, player pings, new game modes, 1v1 arenas, and more. We also introduced agent patches and shipped new weapon cases, sticker collections, and Operation Broken Fang, which features an abundance of new content on its own. The CS:GO team is proud to receive this award, and we look forward to shipping updates and new content to CS:GO in 2021. Thank you for all your votes!

CS:GO coach kassad parts ways with Cloud9

After just four months at the helm of Cloud9's new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, Aleksandar 'kassad' Trifunović has left. This is due to a "stylistic clash" between kassad's coaching vision and in-game leader Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin, according to the organisation. Kassad was brought on by general manager Henry 'HenryG' Greer earlier this year to help him build the 'Colossus'. However after mixed results, the organisation has reached the decision to let him go during the current player break. There is no "bad blood" between kassad and the team though. "No one is or was at fault and there is absolutely no bad blood between him, the org, or players," HenryG says on Twitter. "It simply felt like there was somewhat of a stylistic clash between the IGL and kassad's game, leading to a few to many compromises from a strategic point of view." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO update removes bots from competitive matches Cloud9 reportedly benches CS:GO star woxic Jakob Lund Kristensen on Astralis' growth: "we thought we were better than everyone else"

CS:GO has been nominated for the "Labor of Love" Steam Award!

CS:GO has been nominated for the The Steam Community has nominated CS:GO for the "Labor of Love" Steam Award, awarded to a previously released game which continues to receive updates. In 2020 CS:GO received a number of meaningful updates, including Operation Broken Fang which introduced new game modes, agents, maps, weapon collections, stickers, and graffiti. Cast your votes for CS:GO to win the "Labor of Love" Steam Award beginning December 22nd at 10AM PST, and check back for the winners of each category on January 3rd at 10AM PST on the Steam Awards Voting Page.

Neymar clutches up in CS:GO against Vitality pros ZywOo and shox

Team Vitality has arguably been the world's top team in Counter-Strike esports this year. A particularly strong finish to the year has seen them soar to the top of HLTV and the CSPPA's world rankings, and star player Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut was recently awarded a massive new deal that would tie him down until 2024. However, ZywOo and fellow Vitality star Richard 'shox' Papillon were left slightly red-faced after losing what seemed like a routine 3v1 - to Brazilian football star Neymar. As the only one left on his team, the PSG forward - playing for Team Neymar against French streamer Corentin 'Gotaga' Houssein's team as part of a Poker Stars sponsored stream - manages to pull off an insane three piece after planting the bomb against Gotaga, ZywOo, and shox. Snaking around the bomb site and clinically gunning down ZywOo and co, Neymar posts a cheeky "?" into the game chat, and we're sure there's plenty more trash talk going on but our Portuguese isn't really up to scratch. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO coach kassad parts ways with Cloud9 Jakob Lund Kristensen on Astralis' growth: "we thought we were better than everyone else" CS:GO star ZywOo signs new four-year Team Vitality contract

CS:GO star ZywOo signs new four-year Team Vitality contract

One of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's top talents right now, Mathieu 'ZywOo' Herbaut, has signed a new contract with Team Vitality which keeps him at the organisation until 2024. The Frenchman, who turned 20 years old last month, has been an integral part of Vitality's climb to the top of the HLTV World Rankings and largely successful second half of 2020. Vitality has been the dominant force in the BLAST Premier Fall Series and won the Intel Extreme Masters XV Beijing event. While it couldn't end the season in winning fashion at the IEM XV Global Challenge, the news that ZywOo is now tied down for the next four years will be reason to celebrate for Vitality fans. To celebrate the star AWPer's new long-term contract, Vitality plastered his face across its home city of Paris by projecting holograms onto landmarks such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Pantheon Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO coach kassad parts ways with Cloud9 Jakob Lund Kristensen on Astralis' growth: "we thought we were better than everyone else" Neymar clutches up in CS:GO against Vitality pros ZywOo and shox

CS:GO pro Twistzz leaves Team Liquid after three years

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Russel 'Twistzz' van Dulken revealed he is parting ways with Team Liquid in a surprise announcement. He broke the news while being interviewed after the culmination of the Intel Extreme Masters Season XV Global Challenge, which Team Liquid came runner-up in. Twistzz, 21, joined Team Liquid in 2017 and has enjoyed much success in his three and a half years playing Counter-Strike with the team. He helped the organisation win eight major CS:GO tournaments, including the one million dollar Intel Grand Slam Season 2 prize for being the first team to win four out of ten S-Tier tournaments in a season. Team Liquid lost 3-0 to Astralis in the final this time around, but it's Twistzz's announcement that has stolen the headlines. "I've enjoyed all the support over the years," he says in the post-match interview. "The org's been nothing but family to me, and I hope that I'm back next year in a new home." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO coach kassad parts ways with Cloud9 Jakob Lund Kristensen on Astralis' growth: "we thought we were better than everyone else" Neymar clutches up in CS:GO against Vitality pros ZywOo and shox

Jakob Lund Kristensen on Astralis' growth: "we thought we were better than everyone else"

Jakob Lund Kristensen is about as experienced as they come in esports. Having been involved with the scene for well over a decade, he started out working lower-level jobs in the industry before founding the Copenhagen Wolves in 2012. Once the Wolves disbanded in 2016, Kristensen founded Astralis, BLAST, and most recently, Astralis Group, which brought together Astralis' various brands and titles. He's witnessed the esports ecosystem grow from infancy to its current state. Most famous for their catalogue of Counter-Strike:Global Offensive successes, Astralis is a household name in the world of competitive gaming. However, the organisation has also set benchmarks in the often overlooked commercial side of esports, becoming one of the first publicly listed esports teams in late 2019, as well as expanding into League of Legends and FIFA in recent years before bringing their teams together under the Astralis banner in 2020. It's perhaps characteristic of its success that these milestones occurred close to a year of economic and logistical turbulence. So how does Astralis go about navigating the esports landscape? And what does the future hold for an industry that continues to strive towards profitability? We talked to Kristensen to find out. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO coach kassad parts ways with Cloud9 Neymar clutches up in CS:GO against Vitality pros ZywOo and shox CS:GO star ZywOo signs new four-year Team Vitality contract

2021 Can’t Come Soon Enough

We've updated Broken Fang Agents, fixed bugs associated with incorrect star progression, and added a donation key (CTRL) when purchasing a weapon to donate to teammates without dropping your primary weapon. 2021 Service Medal 2021 Can’t Come Soon Enough When you reach Global General (Rank 40), you’ll have the option to reset your Profile Rank and earn (or upgrade) a Service Medal. After January 1, 2021 you’ll be able to receive the new 2021 Service Medal, an inspectable display item that will be visible wherever your avatar is shown. Today's Updates: – Adjusted first person arm models for Operation Broken Fang agents. – Adjusted end of match animations for Operation Broken Fang master agents. – Fixed a bug that could allow extra stars to be earned from missions. Going forward players will be correctly limited to receiving the total number of stars available from all unlocked cards. – Kick player vote is now disabled in Broken Fang Premier pick/ban arenas. – Fixed kill distance in missions UI to be correctly rounded for display. – Added 2021 Service Medal to be awarded for outstanding service and achievement starting from January 1, 2021 GMT. – Donate weapons to teammates in need! Hold the buy menu donation key (CTRL by default) when purchasing a weapon to donate to teammates without dropping your primary weapon. You can change the “Buy Menu Donation Key” in settings. – Game settings now have a search box to quickly find and jump to any setting or key binding. – Zeus restrictions in Casual, Wingman, and Competitive modes are now the same as all other weapons. – Adjusted Retakes clip areas in Inferno, Mirage, Nuke, Train, and Vertigo Guard – Repacked radar Elysion – Fixed a pixelwalk outside on the glass. – Fixed a pixelwalk on the Elysion sign on A site – Fixed a pixelwalk on the umbrellas outside. – Fixed the pixelwalks on the doorframes – Players were able to jump on top of the A sign on A site – Player were able to jump on top of the small palm plant – Players were able to 2 man boost outside and see into the site from an unfair position – Players were able to run boost on the windows railing on A site – The ladder outside has been removed – Reduced the foilage outside, players were able to hide – Waterfalls have been deleted from the white walls. Caused the smoke to become see through. Apollo – Reduced props that draw for people on very low and low settings to hopefully help FPS levels across the map. (Thanks Shavitish) – Reduced CT spawn Cover to make it easier to clear – Improved model shuttle collsions to make walking over nicer – Reduced non-designed headpeaks across map (Thanks CF-166) – Fixed car fade in CT spawn (Thanks Sylikoira) – Fixed a few boost exploits – Updated to radar to a more simple single layer one – Reduced foliage over key angle (Near moonroom/CT spawn) – Fixed a number of grammar and spelling mistakes (Thanks Dogman15 + Marisakiri) Anubis – Widened A main entrance – Simplified A connector area – Got rid of the deep corner below the windows on A – Got rid of the wall near the pillar at Waterfalls A site and reduced some corners to hide in as a CT – Some other minor things 3kliksphillip will probably find out

CS:GO teams clash with CSPPA over BLAST Premier player protests

While the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene is no stranger to controversy over its long history, its most recent conflict could prove to be one of the messiest yet. In essence, there is something of a Cold War brewing between a group of CS:GO organisations and the Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association after the latter put pressure on tournament organiser BLAST for its recording and storing of team communications for content purposes. The CSPPA alleges that this information was presented to analysts and was subsequently "shared among people in the community." As a result, the BLAST Premier Fall Series match between Team Vitality and mousesports was delayed by over two and a half hours as CSPPA member players protested and refused to play. While the concerns around the recording, storing, and broadcasting of team communications are legitimate ones, the 11 CS:GO teams partnered with BLAST, as well as the three extra teams invited to take part in the Fall Series, have now jointly penned a statement questioning why the CSPPA waded in on the issue. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Neymar clutches up in CS:GO against Vitality pros ZywOo and shox CS:GO star ZywOo signs new four-year Team Vitality contract CS:GO pro Twistzz leaves Team Liquid after three years

Week 2 Missions and More

Week 2's mission card—"MOON SHOT"—is now live. The updates over the last week include changes to the pings and updates to Guard. 2020.12.07 - – Fixed a crash related to pinging rotating car model in Engage. – Fixed Operation Shop buttons to appear correctly on OSX and Linux. – Fixed a rare bug when several Broken Fang Premier game settings could get applied in regular Competitive matches. – Added background movie fallbacks. Guard – Blocked off construction corner. – Added new cover for players entering the site from connector. – Pulled drop a little closer to site. – Shifted all covers on site to adjust angles towards bridge and archway. – Slightly shifted connector between back alley and site. – Partially restricted sightline between connector and pit. – Decreased depth of restaurant corner. – Decreased depth of VOOLT corner. – Mitigated head peek close at stairs tunnel. – Slightly mitigated head peek behind dumpster. – Added minor visual details. – Various texture updates. – Dehexagonized beer bottles. – Removed collision on window planters (Thanks Bubza101). – Fixed missing faces on beer crates. – Fixed a pixel gap on street (Thanks u/iBearably). – Fixed grammatical errors on street signs (Thanks Sysel). 2020.12.04 - – Fixed names for several Operation Broken Fang patches to appear as different Steam Community Market commodities. – Fixed Sir Bloody Darryl’s death sound. – Fixed a regression with soft shadows under agents. – Fixed demo playback for the compatibility version of Mirage. – Added “Looking to Play: Guardian” for people looking to play Guardian and Strike missions with a partner. – Fixed mini-scoreboard alignment when showing player counts. – Removed vote to change map in Retakes. – Reduced round restart delay to 5 seconds in Retakes. – Fixed ping icons to show actual pinged weapon or bomb in all game modes. – Fixed ping icons to become transparent when player’s crosshair pointing directly at them. – Localization updates. – Improved stability.

CS:GO major in spring 2021 reportedly cancelled by Valve

Valve has reportedly informed tournament organisers that the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive major scheduled for spring 2021 has been cancelled. According to an email obtained by HLTV, Valve confirms that the major, which was slated for May, will not go ahead. Valve's correspondence with tournament organisers says that it is now putting its efforts into planning a major for October 2021. This will reportedly be at a "European venue" and a partner for the tournament has already been found. "Assuming it makes sense to proceed," Valve allegedly says in the email, "the event will take place October 25-November 7 with a potential play-in event October 23-24." 2020 has been major-less as the highly anticipated major in Rio de Janeiro was first pushed back from spring to fall, and then cancelled altogether due to the implications of the coronavirus pandemic. This most recent cancellation means it will have been over two years since the last CS:GO major, which was the StarLadder Berlin 2019 tournament that was won by Astralis. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Astralis confirms its 2021 CS:GO and League of Legends Talent team rosters CS:GO teams clash with CSPPA over BLAST Premier player protests G2 drops CS:GO veteran JaCkz

G2 drops CS:GO veteran JaCkz

After three tournaments of trialling a six-man roster, G2 Esports has revealed the five-player squad that it will retain for future Counter-Strike Global Offensive competitions. The European organisation has decided to keep Frenchman François 'AmaNEk' Delaunay after the 27-year-old impressed during stages of the BLAST Premier Fall Series and at the DreamHack Masters Winter. The decision now means countryman and fellow Counter-Strike veteran Audric 'JaCkz' Jug is benched. G2 confirms in a statement that JaCkz is still contracted to G2 but is allowed to explore other options. JaCkz was given his opportunity to fight for a spot on the roster during the IEM Beijing-Haidan tournament, at which G2 finished in the top four. Despite the decent finish, team manager Jérôme 'NiaK' Sudries says in a statement that G2 "quickly realised that our system benefited more from qualities." JaCkz has represented G2 for two years after joining from 3DMAX in November 2018. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Astralis confirms its 2021 CS:GO and League of Legends Talent team rosters CS:GO teams clash with CSPPA over BLAST Premier player protests CS:GO major in spring 2021 reportedly cancelled by Valve

League of Legends followed by over half of Dota 2 esports fans

A research group has surveyed around 80,000 esports fans about which competitive scenes they watch other than their favourite game, and the results show some unexpected results. While two of the biggest esports, Dota 2 and League of Legends, lead the way for MOBAs in the esports scene, the two fanbases are often quite tribal when it comes to which is the best. However, according to the Observatoire du Sports Business, it turns out that over half of Dota 2 fans also follow League of Legends esports. Flipped the other way, only 21% of self-proclaimed LoL fans indulge themselves in Dota esports. The highest crossover rate for two esports involves arguably the two biggest competitive games in the world. The study finds that 60% of Counter-Strike Global Offensive fans also follow League of Legends esports, despite the two being completely different genres. A slightly lower 59% of CS:GO fans also watch rival MOBA and fellow Valve title, Dota 2. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO teams clash with CSPPA over BLAST Premier player protests CS:GO major in spring 2021 reportedly cancelled by Valve G2 drops CS:GO veteran JaCkz

Ninjas in Pyjamas' new talent program aims to find Sweden's next CS:GO star

Scouting and developing potential young stars is crucial for the longevity of any esports organisation. The latest to double down on this is Ninjas in Pyjamas, with the historic organisation launching a new talent program to help preserve Sweden's status as a top breeding ground for Counter-Strike pros. Path to Ninja sees NiP partner up with Area Academy, which has hosted regional Svenska Elitserien CS:GO events since 2018. The talent program will see a judging panel pick "two or three" of the top performers from Elitserien events and "provide them with all the tools they need, both inside and outside the game, to lower the gap between grassroots and professional CS:GO." The panel is composed of four former Counter-Strike 1.6 professionals, including Ninjas in Pyjamas' current head CS:GO coach Björn 'THREAT' Pers. It appears that this is initiative is more about identifying and training the next top fragger in Swedish Counter-Strike, rather than as a way to sign new players for NiP. While players will work closely with the organisation they will still remain with the roster they competed with in the Elitserien. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO teams clash with CSPPA over BLAST Premier player protests CS:GO major in spring 2021 reportedly cancelled by Valve G2 drops CS:GO veteran JaCkz

CS:GO Operation Broken Fang introduces map pick and bans

You've waited ever so patiently Counter-Strike fans, and now a new Operation has finally landed. Broken Fang is a bit of a monster too, bringing not only buckets of content from weapon skins to maps, but also a brand new game mode, a pick and ban system for maps, and a comprehensive player stats tracker. Let's start with the stats tracker, as it is a pretty cool addition. Finally, you'll be able to properly quantify your CS:GO experience and stat-shame your fellow fraggers. The new interface will not only show you bread and bitter stats like K/D ratio, matches played, and average kills per game, but also stats for individual maps and weapons. There's also a heatmap that will show you where you get shot the most, which will be handy for over-eager peekers. A new game mode has also dropped called Retake, a 3v4 experience that sees three Ts defending a planted bomb against four CTs. Well, it's not actually new - it's been around on community servers for a while now, but it's making its Valve-official debut in Broken Fang. An additional twist is that players are presented with a choice of loadout cards at the beginning of a match and can pick the one that suits them best. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO teams clash with CSPPA over BLAST Premier player protests CS:GO major in spring 2021 reportedly cancelled by Valve G2 drops CS:GO veteran JaCkz

CS:GO Operation Broken Fang is now live

Valve has smiled upon the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community, as the studio is irregularly wont to do. Operation Broken Fang is now live, with new maps, new modes, and - of course - premium bonuses for those who want to buy the Operation pass. As usual, the devs dropped the update without much buildup - but hey, with CS:GO player counts as they are, who can blame 'em? Ancient is a brand new competitive map built for Defusal. Set in the ruins of a South American temple, it's got plenty of jungle flavour and locations for close combat and longer-range encounters. There are five new community maps, too, from the space-themed Apollo location to the car dealership on Engage. The update also introduces a customisable chat wheel that can generate contextual pings, and provide callouts in chat for things like spotting an enemy. There's a new mode, as well, where you choose a loadout card at the start of each round, then use the hand you're dealt to take or defend a bomb site. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: You can now play Portal in CS:GO with this mod The best sniper games on PC CSGO fans are calling on the "caster curse" to make a big game update happen

Operation Broken Fang announced for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Valve have finally delivered on the next event for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, with Operation Broken Fang. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2020/12/operation-broken-fang-announced-for-counter-strike-global-offensive

Introducing Operation Broken Fang

Introducing Operation Broken Fang Join the Fight! Take part in Operation Broken Fang. New challenges await, with the all-new Retakes and the exclusive Broken Fang Premier. Play new maps in every game mode, and see how you measure up in the Operation Stats page. Complete weekly missions and choose from a variety of rewards including new agents, weapon collections, stickers, patches, and graffiti. Introducing Operation Broken Fang Play Broken Fang Premier Ready to take your Competitive matches to the next level? Queue for Broken Fang Premier mode, featuring 5v5 Competitive matchmaking with map picks and bans prior to match start—available exclusively to Operation Pass Holders. Introducing Operation Broken Fang A New Way to Stat Track With your Operation Pass, you’ll have access to detailed statistics from a variety of categories. Your statistics are tracked automatically and can be viewed on the Operation Stats page. Introducing Operation Broken Fang Complete the Mission Each week, you’ll receive a new mission card featuring a variety of missions that can be completed in any order. Complete missions and earn stars in Casual, Competitive, Danger Zone, Guardian, and two new modes: Retakes and Broken Fang Premier. Introducing Operation Broken Fang Choose your rewards Spend your stars on rewards of your choice. Operation rewards include: Five new agents in the redesigned CT SWAT team to battle five new Professionals. One new weapon case, three weapon collections, a new set of gloves, stickers, patches and more! See the official Operation Broken Fang page here.

Chaos Esports Club to exit CS:GO and Rainbow Six Siege scenes

Less than four months after announcing two music industry heavyweights as its parent company's new co-owners, Chaos Esports Club has dropped its rosters from two of the biggest esports scenes. Despite revealing rappers Logic and Pusha T as co-owners of GG Group in August of this year, Chaos has now announced that it is looking to rehome its Counter-Strike Global Offensive and Rainbow Six Siege teams before the end of the year and will completely exit both competitive scenes. Citing the drop in sponsorship revenue caused by the pandemic, Chaos says in a statement that it can no longer "support our rosters and the incredible players behind them." 2020 has also seen Chaos drop out of the professional Dota 2 and Rocket League scenes in what appears to be a conscious shift away from competing towards content creation. In the CS:GO and Siege announcement, Chaos says: "As an organization we will be accelerating our shift to focus on supporting more content creators both in and outside of gaming." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO teams clash with CSPPA over BLAST Premier player protests CS:GO major in spring 2021 reportedly cancelled by Valve G2 drops CS:GO veteran JaCkz

You can now play Portal in CS:GO with this mod

It has been a long time since we've seen Valve release any official Portal content into the world, so a fan of the game has decided to recreate the popular title in another Valve classic, CS:GO, because why not? Reddit user Ibreathetea posted a video to show how they are progressing through making the mod. In the video (below), you can see the Portal gun in action, the character bouncing on Aperture gel, see how cubes are used to solve puzzles, and also get a glimpse of the fabled cake at the end of the level, perhaps this means the cake isn't a lie? The mod still has a few bugs at the moment, and for now, you can only shoot portals at walls that are straight in front of you, though this may be changed at a later date. Ibreathetea has said the mod code is stripped to the bare minimum, so other modders can easily reuse or cargocode it, which means we may see even more Portal-based mods for CS:GO in the future. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO Operation Broken Fang is now live The best sniper games on PC CSGO fans are calling on the "caster curse" to make a big game update happen

Valve removes CS:GO star Krimz's VAC ban

Just a couple of days after his Steam account was hit by a VAC ban, Freddy 'Krimz' Johansson has confirmed he's free to play again. The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive star, who's currently playing with Fnatic, was mystified after his account was hit during a ban wave on November 28. Although it hasn't been confirmed, many believe Krimz's ban was linked to Esportal, a third-party matchmaking service which the pro regularly uses. A number of accounts linked to the platform were hit with bans, causing the service to release a statement that it was caused by "compatibility issues between our anti-cheat client and VAC." It didn't take long for Valve to act on the false-positive bans though. After Esportal produced the right documentation, Valve reversed the bans for the players affected - including Krimz. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO teams clash with CSPPA over BLAST Premier player protests CS:GO major in spring 2021 reportedly cancelled by Valve G2 drops CS:GO veteran JaCkz

Women in Esports announces CS:GO Lioness League tournament

The British Esports Association has partnered with competitive multiplayer platform FACEIT as part of its ongoing Women in Esports initiative. Women in Esports now has its own organiser page on FACEIT, allowing for the creation of women-only tournaments and hubs. The initiative aims to create a welcoming community environment and encourage "more women (including trans and cis women) and femme identifying/femme presenting non-binary players" to participate in esports tournaments at any level of play. The Lioness League, a 5v5 CS:GO tournament, will open for registrations this Friday, November 27, and see up to 32 teams competing in a single elimination bracket. You'll be able to join as a premade team, solo player, or form a group with newfound pals. There's even a prize pool of 3,000 FACEIT points up for grabs, with 2,000 going to the winning team and 1,000 for the runner up. The Lioness League is set to be the start of regular monthly tournaments. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: League of Legends followed by over half of Dota 2 esports fans Ninjas in Pyjamas' new talent program aims to find Sweden's next CS:GO star CS:GO Operation Broken Fang introduces map pick and bans

CSGO fans are calling on the "caster curse" to make a big game update happen

Head to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive updates page on the FPS game's site and you'll see that major patches and gameplay tweaks have been a little few-and-far-between of late. It appears the CS:GO community is keen to see a big update hit the game, and soon, and has now decided to try and make this happen using a novel approach - by invoking the "caster curse". User Night_Not_Day has posted on the multiplayer game's subreddit: "Nothing is stronger than the caster curse. Everyone knows", as part of a call for CS:GO Intel Extreme Masters casters to say the game won't be getting a big update any time soon, on-air. The reasoning behind this idea being, "if the casters assume something, the opposite happens most of the time. This is a well known and widely accepted fact", the user jokes in the post. "If they say it is almost guaranteed that the update is right around the corner." As the user reflects in the post, this has gained some traction in the community and the call has been a pretty big success so far. As you can see below, during an IEM stream yesterday casters Alex Richardson and Chad Burchill joined in the fun, saying these powerful words. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CSGO's Blast Premier series will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer Modern Warfare's Shipment 24/7 returns, but this time in CS:GO This spooky, snowy CS:GO map is ideal for Wingman mode

ESL co-founder says the company wants to find the Michael Jordan of esports

One of ESL's co-founders says that the tournament organiser's goal over the next two decades is to find more star players in the world of esports and to find the game that "revolutionises" how we watch competitive gaming. Speaking at a press conference celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the formation of ESL, Ralf Reichert laid out his plans for what he wants to achieve in the next 20 years. In response to a question from Florian Krebl, Reichert outlines that finding esports' next stars is important, but that finding a game-changing competitive title will also be a main focus. " find the Michael Jordan of esports, because we need stars to make this better," Reichert says in reference to the NBA legend. "And be involved in finding the game that revolutionises watching esports, because we're still in its infancy. Everything we're doing and playing with were originally invented to just play and not necessarily compete in. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Valve removes CS:GO star Krimz's VAC ban Women in Esports announces CS:GO Lioness League tournament Flusha convicted of tax evasion over 2015 CS:GO prize winnings

Flusha convicted of tax evasion over 2015 CS:GO prize winnings

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive star Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist has been convicted of tax evasion. According to local reports, the Fnatic star has been fined and sentenced to community service after he failed to declare more than $100,000 worth of prize money won in 2015. According to Fragbite, flusha did not declare his 1.04 million Swedish Kroner income in 2015, which amounts to about $120,000. Prosecutors at the Attunda District Court on November 18 told the rifler that he should have realised that prize money counts as income. 2015 was arguably the best year in Flusha's CS:GO career. He and the rest of Fnatic went on to claim two Major titles at ESL One Katowice Major and ESL One Cologne, as well as countless other tournaments. As the best-rated player in Majors that year, Flusha was widely regarded as one of the best CS:GO players on the scene. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Women in Esports announces CS:GO Lioness League tournament ESL co-founder says the company wants to find the Michael Jordan of esports Astralis launches new initiative to find the best young LoL and CS:GO talent

CSGO's Blast Premier series will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Blast Premier Series' autumn tournament is going to become the next in a series of major esports events to be shown on the BBC, the UK public service broadcaster. Following coverage in the past of elite League of Legends and Rocket League events, the corporation has now announced its streaming service BBC iPlayer will be showing the CSGO Fall Showdown. The iPlayer broadcast will kick off with the FPS game's Blast Premier Fall Showdown launch, which starts next week on November 24, running through November 29, and features elite CS:GO teams from across Europe and the USA. Following this stage, the platform will show the Premier Fall finals on December 8-13, later concluding with the Premier Global finals, which are scheduled for early next year, running January 19-24. The CS:GO Blast Premier Global finals in January will see the multiplayer game's greatest esports teams battle it out for the world title, trophy, and an eye-watering prize pool of $1 million. Phwoar. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Modern Warfare's Shipment 24/7 returns, but this time in CS:GO This spooky, snowy CS:GO map is ideal for Wingman mode A CS:GO fan has created a map inspired by the scariest Halloween movies

Modern Warfare's Shipment 24/7 returns, but this time in CS:GO

Remember Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Shipment 24/7? It's back, and this time it's in CS:GO. While Modern Warfare's fast-paced gameplay doesn't translate perfectly to Valve's comparatively slower shooter, it looks like the iconic Call of Duty map is surprisingly well-suited to the game as a fan map. Mitrichone, the modder responsible for the Shipment remake, has recreated the Modern Warfare map so perfectly that it's almost indistinguishable from the original in screenshots. This map is fully playable in every CS:GO game mode, though we think it would be most suited to Deathmatch and Wingman. Shipment's tiny size makes it a perfect Deathmatch map for non-stop frantic gameplay, and it works perfectly as a 2v2 Wingman map as shown in Modern Warfare's Gunfight mode. This recreation of Shipment is based off the Modern Warfare 2019 version, which features a number of key changes from the original version. Arguably the most important upgrade is to the map's colour pallet - instead of shades of dark blue and green, we finally see a pop of colour in the shipping containers. Judging by the reception to the fan map, we wouldn't be surprised to see Shipment 24/7 servers cropping up again. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This spooky, snowy CS:GO map is ideal for Wingman mode A CS:GO fan has created a map inspired by the scariest Halloween movies CS:GO meets The Witcher 3 with this new Kaer Morhen custom map

Fans really want the CS:GO Twitter art as in-game stickers

Fans apparently want the charming little sketches of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive characters that are on the official CS:GO Twitter account's banner, as officially supported stickers in CS:GO capsules. First spotted on Reddit in a post by the creator Hoxton_Workshop, the distinctive artwork, created by HH110011HH, has been proudly displayed at the top of CS:GO's Twitter page for quite some time now. While the artist describes them as "poorly drawn", fans clearly think they're charming. Characters included in the collection are the Terrorist, FBI, Ido, IDF, Guerilla, Arctic Avenger, Elite, SAS, Leet Crew, and a man-sized chicken. There were initial concerns from the responses on Reddit that the original artist wasn't involved in the project, but both Hoxton_Workshop and HH110011HH have confirmed their collaboration on the project. The rest of the responses have been of universal praise, with a number of commenters impressed with the holographic sticker shown off in the post. On their Steam Workshop page, there's a full suite of "poorly drawn" CS:GO characters in capsule form, said to be available in both foil and holographic variants. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Real Madrid's Casemiro to debut esports team at DreamHack Masters Winter NiKo officially leaves FaZe to join G2's CS:GO roster BLAST to bring in new competitive integrity rules for CS:GO coaches

NiKo officially leaves FaZe to join G2's CS:GO roster

It's been in the works for quite some time, but G2 has finally confirmed the signing of Nikola '⁠NiKo⁠' Kovač to its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team. The Bosnian has been in discussions with G2 since the summer and leaves FaZe Clan after more than three years of service. In a TwitLonger, NiKo says that he leaves FaZe with "tears in my eyes" but also expresses his regret at not winning a major during his time with the team. "It sucks that we couldn't bring a major trophy to such a legendary organization, but no one regrets it and is hurt more than me," he writes. Following confirmation of NiKo's departure, FaZe also revealed that coach Janko 'yNk' Paunović would also be leaving. NiKo joins his cousin, Nemanja 'huNter' Kovač, on the G2 roster, and his announcement video shows huNter welcoming his relative to the organisation by saying: "Let's take one selfie and let's fuck them all." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Real Madrid's Casemiro to debut esports team at DreamHack Masters Winter Fans really want the CS:GO Twitter art as in-game stickers BLAST to bring in new competitive integrity rules for CS:GO coaches

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