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Release Notes for 5/6/2021

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

Valve explains why it never tells CS:GO players anything

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

CS:GO patch gives chickens "a visual upgrade"

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

CS:GO gets paid stat tracking

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

The End of Broken Fang

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

Release Notes for 4/28/2021

– Numerous security and stability improvements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game with many moving parts. As such, the game is in a constant state of flux, with developers Valve needing to push out updates every couple of weeks to keep the game's weapons and maps balanced. Valve's approach to updates are to keep them coming little and often, so you'll find the CS:GO patch notes aren't as meaty as some of the other games you play. While it might be disappointing to hear that the latest update isn't full of brand new content, you'll usually find the small fixes made here and there keep the game - and its players - in check. So if you're looking to grind one of the best competitive FPS games out there and climb the CS:GO ranks, you're going to want to stay on top of the comings and goings of the game. So, here are the last couple of CS:GO patch notes for your perusal. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Kasper Hvidt on dev1ce's Astralis departure: "No team depends on just one person" Ninjas in Pyjamas sign dev1ce on a three-year CS:GO contract Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder

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

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

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

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

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

New RMR Eligibility Guidelines

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

Release Notes for 4/16/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

flusha leaves Fnatic for new CS:GO venture

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

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

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

The Road to Stockholm 2021

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

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

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

The FBI is investigating Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheating

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Premier for All

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 New Music Kits and a Poorly Drawn Sticker Capsule

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

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

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Release Notes for 3/15/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Valve unveils controversial new VR mode for CS:GO

Valve's bold choice to release a new Half-Life game as a VR exclusive was divisive. However, the Half-Life: Alyx reviews are in and the studio has done a stellar job of innovating and building on a beloved series, demonstrating that the medium can deliver a fully fledged gaming experience. Now it turns out that after development on Alyx concluded, the VR devs all wheeled their desks en masse towards the CS:GO offices, and refused to move until they were let in - so now, along with those Half-Life: Alyx launch goodies, we're getting a VR mode in CS:GO, too. "We're moving CS:GO over to the Source 2 engine - the same engine Half-Life: Alyx uses." explained Valve developer Robin Walker. "This basically means VR is super easy to implement. It's practically already done. We expect to be releasing the CS:GO VR mode in about eight or nine years." Valve has already identified potential pitfalls with the new format, Walker explains. "One of the challenges we faced when developing CS:GO VR was the movement. When I first loaded into Dust 2 in VR I instinctively tried to crabwalk, fell over and hit my head on a large orange box. A lot of our creative decisions from that point onward can be traced back to that moment." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO disappeared from Steam for a few incredible, terrible hours Prepare for heavy Counter-Strike nostalgia with this Prodigy map port D&D gets a "triple-A, third-person, open-world" RPG from CS:GO co-devs

G2 Esports drops kennyS from its active CS:GO roster

G2 Esports's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team has made the decision to allow Kenny 'kennyS' Schrub to "explore new opportunities." The news follows a slew underwhelming results for the team over the last several months, with the player himself struggling to find form. The announcement came via the team's official Twitter account. The team's coach, Damien 'maLeK' Marcel refers to kennyS as "a pillar within G2 and a legend in the scene," and notes the "incredible moments and memories" they have shared together. However, maLeK feels that a new team is necessary for kennyS to remain at the top of the game, as the team looks to shift its approach to it going forward. This sentiment is shared by head of esports Danny Engels, who says that, if the player finds "a team that can cater to him in full, he will undoubtedly carry that team to the top of CS:GO, as he has done time and time again at G2." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO ranks explained: How to get your first rank, rank distribution, and more Vitality benches CS:GO player Nivera, reverts back to five-man roster CS:GO pings will no longer reveal hidden enemies

Prepare for heavy Counter-Strike nostalgia with this Prodigy map port

Crack open a nice fresh can of Surge and settle into the glow of the huge 800x600 CRT monitor, because it's time to relive the glory days of Counter-Strike with Hobbit's classic bomb defusal map Prodigy. Some form of Prodigy has appeared in every version of Counter-Strike since Beta 4.0, until it was dropped in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Now it's back, thanks to some fastidious map modders. Prodigy was originally created by Alexander 'Hobbit' Manilov, and he started work on the level that would become de_prodigy the same night he was first introduced to Counter-Strike at a LAN party. The map features two bomb locations and is set in a mountain military base of some kind. Terrorists must bomb either the computer lab or a fuel pipeline control room, and the level is a sometimes confusing jumble of corridors and rooms. The port you can now find on the Steam Workshop is based on the improved version of Prodigy introduced in Counter-Strike 1.6, after Manilov joined Gearbox Software to help work on Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. Modder just sid says this port is almost identical to the 1.6 version, with some minor changes and lighting adjustments. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: D&D gets a "triple-A, third-person, open-world" RPG from CS:GO co-devs This fan-made CS:GO map looks like it was plucked out of Far Cry 5 CS:GO makes a Real Madrid player a lot more nervous than football

D&D gets a "triple-A, third-person, open-world" RPG from CS:GO co-devs

Dungeons & Dragons has perhaps the greatest legacy of any licensed property in videogames, which makes sense, since the entire genre of RPG games traces its lineage back to the tabletop RPG. But for all the genre-defining classics that digital D&D has brought us, there hasn't really been a successful triple-A take on the property - at least, not in the modern idea of what a triple-A game looks like. Hidden Path Entertainment aims to change that. Today, the studio announced that it's working on a "triple-A, third-person, open-world fantasy RPG that will be taking place inside the Dungeons & Dragons franchise." The news, as noted by Polygon, comes alongside a series of job listings for the project. The description for a writer position suggests that the game will feature "narrative branching" and an "ensemble cast", as well. Hidden Path isn't necessarily the studio you'd expect to be working on a triple-A game, though the company's catalogue is strong. Hidden Path has put out the excellent Defense Grid games, and worked with Valve on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Prepare for heavy Counter-Strike nostalgia with this Prodigy map port This fan-made CS:GO map looks like it was plucked out of Far Cry 5 CS:GO makes a Real Madrid player a lot more nervous than football

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: G2 Esports drops kennyS from its active CS:GO roster CS:GO veteran karrigan returns to FaZe Clan CS:GO veteran GuardiaN confirms free agency

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

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