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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can now drop grenades for your CS:GO teammates

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

Big CS:GO update adds shorter matches, riot shield, and fixes Dust 2's biggest problem

ll hail the developers of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for, yea, they have listened to our pleas. Lo it was written that CTs moving to B-site on Dust 2 must always cross the double doors, which the Ts fire through while praying to RNGesus, and oft ye will take a hit and occasionally even a headshot, and it doth suck the big one. But from the mountaintop in Seattle come the new holy words: "Blocked visibility of mid from T spawn in Dust 2. Really!".. Read more.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Operation Riptide has just dropped

Well, it turns out Valve was indeed teasing something big for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive earlier this week. Today, the studio has launched the FPS game's next big operation, Riptide, which brings a batch of new game modes, maps, gameplay changes, challenges, and more. Available by grabbing the new operation pass on Steam, CS:GO Operation Riptide introduces some pretty big updates to how you can dive into the shooter. One of these is through a new private matchmaking queues feature. This lets you generate a queue code for sharing with pals - or with people all in the same Steam group - to set up a private Premier match on Valve's servers. "Pair up, form your teams, or solo queue and let the matchmaker sort it out," the new operation overview explains. Elsewhere, Riptide ushers in the option to pick from one of two match lengths on official (competitive matchmaking) CS:GO servers: short (MR16) and long (MR30) - or you can opt for 'no preference' if you're happy to dip into whichever. Team Deathmatch has also got some new options, with an added choice between "Classic Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch (first team to 100 kills wins), and Free-for-all Deathmatch (all players are enemies)". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The CS:GO Stockholm Major is going ahead, and tickets go on sale next week This popular CSGO map brings hostage rescue to the spooky, snowy wilds CS:GO Stockholm Major looking more likely with coming restrictions lift

Operation Riptide is live for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Operation Riptide is the 11th operating for Valve's free to play shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/09/operation-riptide-is-live-for-counter-strike-global-offensive

Introducing Operation Riptide

Introducing Operation RiptideDive into Operation Riptide, available now! New challenges await, with new maps, new game mode options, and the all-new Private Queues! The Operation mission system has gotten an overhaul--complete your weekly missions and choose from a variety of rewards including new agents, weapon collections, stickers, and patches. Visit the Operation Riptide website to learn all about the Operation, and check out two new short videos below: CS:GO - Operation Riptide, "Tomb Stone" CS:GO - Operation Riptide, "Fowl Play" Release Notes for the Operation Riptide update can be found below: OPERATION RIPTIDE Introducing Operation Riptide, featuring new maps, new missions, and new ways to play your favorite game modes! Activate an Operation Riptide Pass and complete your missions to earn rewards including all new agents, weapon collections, stickers, and patches. GAME MODES Added: Private Matchmaking Queues - Generate a Queue Code and share it with your friends to create a private Premier match on Valve servers - Or, select one of your Steam Groups and play a match exclusively with other members of that group Short Competitive - Added the option to select a preference for match duration in competitive Matchmaking: Short (MR 16), Long (MR 30), or No Preference. Deathmatch - Added the option to select Classic Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch (first team to 100 kills wins), and Free-for-all Deathmatch (all players are enemies). Demolition - Reduced max rounds to 10 and eliminated half-time team swap. - Reduced round time - Adjusted weapon progression Arms Race - Adjusted weapon progression - Players now receive a health-shot after three kills GAMEPLAY - Grenades can now be dropped just like weapons. - Vision after death reduced from 3.0s to 2.0s (vision by headshot reduced from 1.0s to 0.5s). - Deagle -- Reduced body damage - M4A1-S -- Increased body damage - Dual Elites -- Reduced price to $300 - Ballistic Shield -- Added the Ballistic Shield heavy weapon to the buy menu, currently purchasable by CTs in Casual Hostage map groups. MAPS - County has been added to official matchmaking in Danger Zone game mode. - Basalt and Insertion II have been added to official matchmaking in Competitive, Casual, and Deathmatch game modes. - Ravine and Extraction have been added to official matchmaking in Wingman game mode. - The following maps are no longer available in official matchmaking: Grind, Mocha, Pitstop, Calavera, Frostbite. Dust2: - Slight visibility tweak from T spawn through mid - Improved visibility into B back site from upper tunnels Inferno: - Made gate at top of banana solid - Revised 1v1 layout - Minor bug fixes Ancient: - Increased size of plantable area in both bombsites - Fixed bullet penetration on plywood surfaces - Further optimizations - Added 1v1 arenas

The CS:GO Stockholm Major is going ahead, and tickets go on sale next week

It's official - the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PGL Major 2021 is going ahead in Stockholm, Sweden, and tickets to the live tournament's playoffs go on sale next week. With questions hanging over whether it'd be going ahead in light of the ongoing pandemic in recent months, the PGL has now announced that fans will be able to purchase tickets to the FPS game's live event, which kicks off in Stockholm's Avicii Arena later this year. "With all indoor restrictions lifted, Avicii Arena is ready to be packed with fans again, for the first time in the last 15 months," the PGL announces in a press release. The organisation also reveals that this year's tournament will have a whopping $2 million prize pool - "the biggest in CS:GO history". Phwoar. The tickets for the Major go on sale on September 22 at 1am PT / 4am ET / 9am BST, which fans can purchase from the arena's site. The event itself kicks off on October 26 and runs through to November 7, with the playoffs - the part of the Major that fans will be able to buy tickets for to see live - taking place at the arena between November 4 and 7. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This popular CSGO map brings hostage rescue to the spooky, snowy wilds CS:GO Stockholm Major looking more likely with coming restrictions lift CS:GO gets new music kits, with polka-metal and Star Wars game composer's tunes

This popular CSGO map brings hostage rescue to the spooky, snowy wilds

With Counter-Strike: Global Offensive being one of the most-played games on PC every single day, there's always a steady flow of fan-made content rolling onto the FPS game's Steam Workshop. One of the latest, which is picking up a whole lot of five-star ratings, is Exile - a hostage rescue wingman map that takes you somewhere a little different than most of CS:GO's main maps. Created by CS:GO fans Hi and Kubader, Exile is set in the remote wilds of northwest Canada, in a snowy - and pretty spooky - night-time village with a ton of atmosphere. The story revolves around the rescue of two blokes from the game's Anarchist faction headed into witness protection who have been nabbed by some enemies, who - naturally - need recovering by the map's players. As pointed out by a bunch of players so far in comments on Exile's Steam Workshop page and YouTube preview clip (below), it's an impressive (and pretty professional) looking creation and something a bit different for fans to try out. The map's covered in frost and snow, and is pretty sparsely populated with buildings, so you're going to have to be careful how you tackle it lest you leave yourself out in the open - though the atmospheric fog should help you to fly a little under the radar of enemies' sights. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO Stockholm Major looking more likely with coming restrictions lift CS:GO gets new music kits, with polka-metal and Star Wars game composer's tunes CS:GO fan creates "Mirage story mode" with mission, secrets, and extended map

2021 Community Sticker Capsule

2021 Community Sticker Capsule Today we are shipping the 2021 Community Sticker Capsule, featuring 21 unique stickers from various Community Workshop artists. Whether you are trying to make it look “EZ” or telling your teammates “This Is Fine”, there’s a sticker for everyone.

CS:GO Stockholm Major looking more likely with coming restrictions lift

It's looking ever more likely that this year's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive PGL Stockholm Major will go ahead as planned next month. The Swedish government has announced that it's going to be lifting more COVID-19-related restrictions in late September, including some around hosting public events, which means it's increasingly possible the Major will be happening there in October. Back in July PGL, the Major's organising body, said it was hopeful that the FPS game's upcoming tournament would still take place in Sweden's capital city, but with restrictions still in place due to the uncertain nature of the continuing pandemic, there were still some questions hanging over whether it could go ahead as planned. At the time, the body explained that it had a backup plan in place in the event that the Major couldn't go ahead in Stockholm, having been in touch with two other European countries that could act as alternative hosts if needed. Now, as The Local.se reports, the limit on how many people can attend both public and private events is due to be removed in Sweden as of September 29, along with other changes, such as the recommendation to work from home in the country. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO gets new music kits, with polka-metal and Star Wars game composer's tunes CS:GO fan creates "Mirage story mode" with mission, secrets, and extended map The best sniper games on PC

Counter-Strike as Minecraft makes for the chillest clutch of all time

The clutch is one of the core elements of Counter-Strike's competitive appeal. They can occur in more-or-less any scenario where one team is heavily outnumbered, but I'd argue the classic clutch, the purest of all the clutches, is a 1vs4 scenario around a ticking bomb site. These moments are when the legends are born, when the best players in the world show why they're the best. And when everyone else flashbangs themselves then gets one-shot... Read more.

Are CS:GO games too long?

For roughly two decades Counter-Strike has been a game of 30 rounds - it is as much a part of the identity of the series as de_dust2. Changing that would be like making football games shorter - so why does the debate surrounding the game's supposedly overindulgent length resurface every year? Solving this issue could be as simple as switching back to a max rounds 12 (MR12) system used in early CS 1.5-6 and repopularised by Riot Games' Valorant - but with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive it might not be that simple. Unlike other esports game where balance adjustments are commonplace, CS:GO is sensitive to change: it is, after all, a formula that has largely stayed the same for 20 years now. However, the competitive scene is at a crossroads, with the most recent return to LAN at IEM Cologne 2021 reigniting conversations surrounding the length of games. Valorant has offered the first real challenge in a long time to CS:GO's title as the top tier FPS esport, and it will be up to Valve (and even the tournament organisers) to decide whether the length of the games are a necessary sacrifice to stay at the top. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? PGL "still hopes" to host CS:GO Major in Sweden, confirms two backup hosts Heroic CS:GO player tests positive for COVID-19 at IEM Cologne 2021

Sound Tactics

Sound Tactics Today we’re shipping the Tacticians Music Kit box, featuring six new Music Kits from Austin Wintory, Chipzel, Jesse Harlin, Laura Shigihara, Leonard Paul (Freaky DNA) and Sarah Schachner. There’s no better tactic than sharing your new MVP anthem with the rest of the server! Release Notes for 8/12/2021 can be found below: – Added the “Tacticians” Music Kit Box, available in regular and StatTrak™ variants, featuring 6 new music kits: — Austin Wintory, Mocha Petal — Chipzel, ~Yellow Magic~ — Freaky DNA, Vici — Jesse Harlin, Astro Bellum — Laura Shigihara: Work Hard, Play Hard — Sarah Schachner, KOLIBRI – Added a designation of bombsite A and B to game events generated when player begins to plant the bomb and finishes planting the bomb.

CS:GO gets new music kits, with polka-metal and Star Wars game composer's tunes

Music kits are a nifty feature that let you switch up the tunes you listen to in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with custom tracks created specifically for CS:GO by various game composers. New music kits don't come around all that often, but there are usually some real treats when they do - and a new, just-launched batch does indeed bring some goodies, including a polka-metal mashup, plus some tunes by a Star Wars game composer. Oh, and there's a bonkers disco music video, too. Valve's latest CS:GO blog post announces the new Tacticians music kit box, which includes six new kits by variouos artists. First up, we've got one called Mocha Petal by Austin Wintory - a name you might be familiar with as he was behind the music of games like Journey, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, and John Wick Hex among others, as well as a bunch of films and shorts, according to IMDB. For this kit, he's "decided to try and merge two things which seemingly can't mix: polka and metal", as he explains in the track's clip on YouTube (below). It's a pretty bonkers combo, but a lot of fun - just imagine that blasting in the background as you tackle your next CS:GO match. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO fan creates "Mirage story mode" with mission, secrets, and extended map The best sniper games on PC CS:GO update adds griefing report changes and Mocha, Pitstop tweaks

CS:GO gets some fun new music and a music video from various video game composers

Introduced back in 2014, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) added in Music Kits to replace music in game and to play if you're the MVP to bug everyone else with and they just released a fun sounding Tacticians Music Kit Box. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2021/08/csgo-gets-some-fun-new-music-and-a-music-video-from-various-video-game-composers

CS:GO fan creates "Mirage story mode" with mission, secrets, and extended map

If you're a fan of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Mirage map in particular, a new Steam Workshop creation might be just your cup o' tea. CS:GO fan Pyro has created a "Mirage story mode" mod that essentially extends the map with a bunch of new places and secrets, and gives you a main mission to complete in the city at sunset - and it's already proving a bit of a hit with players. Pyro explains that their mod is a "co-op / single-player game" which takes place in the FPS game's Moroccan-style bomb defusal Mirage map at dusk. The mission it sets you is all about tracking down and snatching up some hidden documents, "but it won't be easy", as the creator says. You'll need to defeat opponents along the way and find passages and other items that'll help you gain entry to the map's tower, taking care as you go. The setting won't be Mirage quite as you know it, as Pyro's extended it with "more interiors, places, and secrets". As shown in the mod's image previews, there are environmental riddles you'll need to solve as you go, secret interiors to discover, and pins to track down and collect. It looks like these'll be recorded in a bespoke room so you can keep track of which ones you've nabbed and which are left to find. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO gets new music kits, with polka-metal and Star Wars game composer's tunes The best sniper games on PC CS:GO update adds griefing report changes and Mocha, Pitstop tweaks

The best sniper games on PC

Sniper games are all about perching on top of a building and punching holes through bad guys from a mile away with the help of a high-calibre rifle. Whether it's the challenge of compensating for bullet drop, or the simple pleasure of watching a group of enemies descend into panic as you pick the hapless goons off one by one - the best sniper games thrive off moments like these. Sadly, there are not many games that focus solely on making the player feel like the ultimate ghost warrior, but there are a huge number of sniper games with realistic sniping mechanics and sniper missions to satisfy that itchy trigger finger of yours. Our sniper games list offers everything from military simulations to more laid back experiences where you can afford to make the odd mistake or even ditch the sniper rifle entirely. We frequently return to our lists to make sure they are as up-to-date as possible, so you can be confident that what we list below are nothing less than classic sniper games on PC. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO update adds griefing report changes and Mocha, Pitstop tweaks CS:GO devs launch 'Dreams and Nightmares' $1 million art contest CS:GO Major organiser "still hopes" the event can go ahead in Stockholm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcing the CS:GO Dreams & Nightmares Workshop contest

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Release Notes for 7/6/2021

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

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

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

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

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

CS:GO players are bamboozling teammates with custom radio messages

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adjustments to Non-Prime

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

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

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

Release Notes for 5/27/2021

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

The best CS:GO skins

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

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

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

Release Notes for 5/13/2021

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

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

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

Release Notes for 5/6/2021

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

Valve explains why it never tells CS:GO players anything

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

CS:GO patch gives chickens "a visual upgrade"

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

CS:GO gets paid stat tracking

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

The End of Broken Fang

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

Release Notes for 4/28/2021

– Numerous security and stability improvements.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game with many moving parts. As such, the game is in a constant state of flux, with developers Valve needing to push out updates every couple of weeks to keep the game's weapons and maps balanced. Valve's approach to updates are to keep them coming little and often, so you'll find the CS:GO patch notes aren't as meaty as some of the other games you play. While it might be disappointing to hear that the latest update isn't full of brand new content, you'll usually find the small fixes made here and there keep the game - and its players - in check. So if you're looking to grind one of the best competitive FPS games out there and climb the CS:GO ranks, you're going to want to stay on top of the comings and goings of the game. So, here are the last couple of CS:GO patch notes for your perusal. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: You can now drop grenades for your CS:GO teammates The best competitive FPS games in 2021 Are CS:GO games too long?

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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