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Women in Esports announces CS:GO Lioness League tournament

The British Esports Association has partnered with competitive multiplayer platform FACEIT as part of its ongoing Women in Esports initiative. Women in Esports now has its own organiser page on FACEIT, allowing for the creation of women-only tournaments and hubs. The initiative aims to create a welcoming community environment and encourage "more women (including trans and cis women) and femme identifying/femme presenting non-binary players" to participate in esports tournaments at any level of play. The Lioness League, a 5v5 CS:GO tournament, will open for registrations this Friday, November 27, and see up to 32 teams competing in a single elimination bracket. You'll be able to join as a premade team, solo player, or form a group with newfound pals. There's even a prize pool of 3,000 FACEIT points up for grabs, with 2,000 going to the winning team and 1,000 for the runner up. The Lioness League is set to be the start of regular monthly tournaments. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: ESL co-founder says the company wants to find the Michael Jordan of esports Flusha convicted of tax evasion over 2015 CS:GO prize winnings Astralis launches new initiative to find the best young LoL and CS:GO talent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BLAST to bring in new competitive integrity rules for CS:GO coaches

Tournament organiser BLAST has introduced new rules aimed at Counter-Strike coaches to uphold competitive integrity in the wake of the spectator bug scandal. BLAST's esports operations manager, Robert Mulgan, tweeted out two new rules that will come into force for online matches. All coaches must now stream their POV into a dedicated Discord channel provided by the tournament organisers. Coaches must also have MOss, an anti-cheat software, running in the background to secure screenshots and record logs during live games. Mulgan agrees the system isn't perfect, but it is a significant step forward to prevent cheating. The Esports Integrity Comission (ESIC), which is investigating historic abuse of the spectator bug, revealed in its first report last month that 37 coaches had been found exploiting it. While that specific bug has been patched by Valve, other variations of it could still be out there. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Real Madrid's Casemiro to debut esports team at DreamHack Masters Winter Fans really want the CS:GO Twitter art as in-game stickers NiKo officially leaves FaZe to join G2's CS:GO roster

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

The Esports Integrity Commission has issued its first update on its match-fixing and betting investigation with ESEA. It has issued one-year bans to seven Australian Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players who were all found guilty of betting offenses. The players were discovered to have placed bets on matches they were featuring in throughout the Mountain Dew League Australia, according to the report. Due to the nature of these infringements, ESIC has also passed on its findings to local authorities in Australia as betting offenses are covered by law in some jurisdictions. In addition to the seven players named in ESIC's report, a number of "associates" are also being investigated after placing similar bets on MDL matches. The players were representing teams LAKERS, Rooster, Rooster 2, and Ground Zero at the time of the betting offenses. The one-year suspensions will apply across ESIC's partner tournament organisers which include ESL, DreamHack, and many more. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Real Madrid's Casemiro to debut esports team at DreamHack Masters Winter Fans really want the CS:GO Twitter art as in-game stickers NiKo officially leaves FaZe to join G2's CS:GO roster

This spooky, snowy CS:GO map is ideal for Wingman mode

We're now well and truly into spooky season, and while Halloween parties are very much off the table this year, you can always find alternative ways to celebrate within virtual worlds. From Fortnite to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, all the best PC games typically hold some sort of Halloween event. Failing that, there's no shortage of scary, silly, and downright impressive Halloween-themed mods and maps to keep you busy. One such example is Jd40, Quoting, and Quadratic's wonderfully atmospheric CS:GO map, Ravine. It's a proper creepy castle with a chilly vibe, curious locked doors, and a mounted deer head to complete the strong look. The river running below its centre is a lovely touch, too. Work started on the map all the way back in 2018, and the effort that's gone into it is plain to see. Also know that Ravine was designed primarily for the FPS game's Wingman mode, but its Steam page says that it can comfortably be played in up to 8v8. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: A CS:GO fan has created a map inspired by the scariest Halloween movies CS:GO meets The Witcher 3 with this new Kaer Morhen custom map 37 CS:GO coaches have been banned for using a spectator bug

ForZe's lmbt is free to coach again after ESIC lifts his CS:GO ban

Just last month, the Esports Integrity Commission announced it was banning 37 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coaches after a cross-party investigation found them guilty of using the now infamous coaching spectator bug. However, one of those coaches, Sergey 'lmbt' Bezhanov, has been cleared of all wrongdoing and given the green light to coach again. The ForZe coach had originally been banned for seven and a half months following the initial investigation, but that's now been lifted as of today following a successful appeal. The coach was accused of using the bug in four different games, one of which was when he was coaching HellRaisers five years ago. However, in information provided to HLTV, ESIC has confirmed it has lifted lmbt's ban after it was determined he was doing on-air work for the MIBR series, and that he disconnected from the other two matches when he got the bug and reported this to an on-site admin. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: es3tag leaves Astralis to join Cloud9's CS:GO roster FURIA to replace 100 Thieves at BLAST Premier Fall Series 100 Thieves is reportedly dropping its CS:GO team

es3tag leaves Astralis to join Cloud9's CS:GO roster

15/10/2020 HenryG has now confirmed that es3tag's three-year deal is worth $2.1 million. Astralis has confirmed it has agreed a deal with Cloud9 that will see Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen depart in the biggest individual deal ever in CS:GO. es3tag - who has only been an Astralis player for less than four months after signing in July - will round out Cloud9's new starting roster that has been assembled by new general manager and former CS:GO caster Henry 'HenryG' Greer. HenryG has promoted full transparency when it comes to player signings and has shared the transfer fees and salaries being paid to each player with fans. He has confirmed that the es3tag deal is worth $2.1 million, which includes his transfer fee and salary of his three-year contract. "The Colossus plucks the brightest star from the Danish night sky to complete a line-up with true astronomical power," HenryG tweets. The $2.1 deal is now the biggest ever for an individual CS:GO player according to Forevr, the esports management agency that helped negotiate the transfer. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: ForZe's lmbt is free to coach again after ESIC lifts his CS:GO ban FURIA to replace 100 Thieves at BLAST Premier Fall Series 100 Thieves is reportedly dropping its CS:GO team

FURIA to replace 100 Thieves at BLAST Premier Fall Series

Details for the BLAST Premier Fall Series have been revealed, confirming that two of its partner CS:GO teams will be replaced with substitute teams for the Europe-based tournament. In what will be the first cross-continental CS:GO competition since the coronavirus pandemic shifted esports events online, teams from North and South America will be travelling across the pond to base themselves in Europe. They are partner teams MIBR and Evil Geniuses, as well as FURIA which comes in to replace 100 Thieves after the organisation announced this week it would be exiting Counter-Strike esports. They will join European teams Astralis, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports, OG, Vitality, Natus Vincere, FaZe Clan, Complexity, and BIG, the latter of which replaces another BLAST partner in Team Liquid. According to the announcement post, Team Liquid will not be making the trip over to Europe with FURIA, MIBR, and Evil Geniuses "to limit the amount of cross-continental travel for players during COVID-19." Team Liquid will return for the Fall Showdown, however, which takes place a few weeks after the Fall Series has concluded. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: ForZe's lmbt is free to coach again after ESIC lifts his CS:GO ban es3tag leaves Astralis to join Cloud9's CS:GO roster 100 Thieves is reportedly dropping its CS:GO team

100 Thieves is reportedly dropping its CS:GO team

100 Thieves will reportedly be pulling out of the Counter-Strike Global Offensive scene and dropping its roster just 12 months after signing them. According to reports from HLTV, the organisation - which is headed by former Call of Duty pro Matthew 'Nadeshot' Haag - will be exiting the CS:GO esports scene for a second time after it dropped its first roster in 2018 due to issues with visas and player conduct. 100 Thieves' current squad was acquired from Oceania team Renegades and found early success, climbing up to fifth in HLTV's world rankings. However, 2020 has seen the team fail to replicate its early success, and its head coach Chet 'Chet' Singh announced he was leaving earlier this month to join NRG's Valorant squad. 100 Thieves has also invested big in Valorant after picking up former CS:GO stars like Spencer 'Hiko' Martin and Nicholas 'nitr0' Cannella, and it now appears to be prioritising Riot's FPS title over Valve's. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: ForZe's lmbt is free to coach again after ESIC lifts his CS:GO ban es3tag leaves Astralis to join Cloud9's CS:GO roster FURIA to replace 100 Thieves at BLAST Premier Fall Series

A CS:GO fan has created a map inspired by the scariest Halloween movies

Halloween is the spookiest time of the year, but Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans are in for a treat. As well as being a highly competitive esport, CS:GO has a huge community dedicated to making custom maps for the first-person shooter, and one custom map maker has gone all in for the witching season. Steam user Nipper has lovingly recreated some recognisable Halloween houses for their "trick or treat" map, designed explicitly to scare the bejeezus out of any players who might, for some reason, be expecting a regular game. Streets are littered with abandoned cars and empty coffins, and the visage of Friday 13th's cult killer Jason Voorhees adorns the walls of one particular house. However, for the faint of heart, there are also plenty of jolly-looking pumpkins and witches plastered around the creepy village. We think we've managed to figure out a few of the recognisable houses - there seems to be one with an Amityville vibe, and possibly a Psycho-inspired creation. However, we're still trying to work out exactly what film each house is from - can you do any better? Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO meets The Witcher 3 with this new Kaer Morhen custom map 37 CS:GO coaches have been banned for using a spectator bug CS:GO console commands, launch options, and configs

CS:GO ranks explained: How to get your first rank, rank distribution, and more

Whether you're playing with the pros in Global Elite servers or stuck in Silver, ranks are synonymous with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. CS:GO ranks can be hard to attain and maintain, but understanding the ranking system in the popular Valve shooter is key to working out just how good you are, and what you need to work on. Not everyone will be able to climb to the dizzying heights of Global Elite, and that's ok, but the skill gap between the average ranks can be far and few between. If you want to improve as a player, you'll want to get studying, because understanding the ranking system in CS:GO is crucial to your development. We can't promise it'll be easy though. Like all good competitive games, you'll be taken on a roller coaster of emotions, with every win, loss, and draw factoring into your rank, which will determine how the community sees you. This detailed guide will cover everything you need to know about CS:GO ranks, including the difference between Competitive, Wingman, and Danger Zone ranks, and what you can do to establish yourself as a Global Elite. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: ForZe's lmbt is free to coach again after ESIC lifts his CS:GO ban es3tag leaves Astralis to join Cloud9's CS:GO roster FURIA to replace 100 Thieves at BLAST Premier Fall Series

"I will never let my team down" - mantuu talks overcoming injuries, ESIC ruling, and more

As a Polish-born Londoner playing for the German organisation Alternate aTTaX, Mateusz '⁠mantuu' Wilczewski turned a number of heads when it was announced he was joining OG's impressive line-up back in December 2019. A large portion of the CS:GO community had never even heard the 23-year-old's name, yet it didn't take long for mantuu to establish himself as one of OG's most consistent players. In July 2020, mantuu revealed he was diagnosed with tenosynovitis in both hands, a condition that affects the tendons of the thumb side of his wrists, forcing him to take painkillers before every game. Despite this setback, mantuu managed to regain his impressive form, showing the CS:GO scene exactly why OG signed him up in the first place. Since Mantuu is helping promote the UK qualifiers for Red Bull Flick, a global 2v2 tournament, we had the opportunity to talk exclusively with the rising star. Sign ups for the UK qualifiers are now open, and the winners will be granted a workshop with mantuu himself. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: ForZe's lmbt is free to coach again after ESIC lifts his CS:GO ban es3tag leaves Astralis to join Cloud9's CS:GO roster FURIA to replace 100 Thieves at BLAST Premier Fall Series

Xyp9x confirms he's back playing CS:GO, will play BLAST next month

More than four months since he announced his break from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Denmark's official clutch minister Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth has confirmed he's turned off his out of office and has returned to work. The Astralis player has already started scrimming with his team, but fans will have to wait until November to see him in action. Due to Valve's Regional Major Ranking rules, Astralis will play DreamHack Open Fall tournament with Patrick 'es3tag' Hansen, who helped the team to a ESL Pro League Season 12 win over the weekend. Xyp9x will help the team prepare for the RMR tournament, before taking his place on the active roster for the BLAST Premier Fall Series. It's unclear at this stage which player he will be replacing. Regardless, the news is promising for the team, which is now back up to full strength. Xyp9x took medical leave in May for reported burnout/stress symptoms, but appears to be back to full health and in a good mindset to begin competing once again. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: 100 Thieves is reportedly dropping its CS:GO team CS:GO ranks explained: How to get your first rank, rank distribution, and more "I will never let my team down" - mantuu talks overcoming injuries, ESIC ruling, and more

CS:GO meets The Witcher 3 with this new Kaer Morhen custom map

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and The Witcher 3 probably aren't games you'd think of putting together, but it turns out there's real scope for a crossover between the two behemoths of the FPS games and RPG games genres. One CS:GO modder's demonstrated just that with a new fan-made map based on Geralt of Rivia's home base of Kaer Morhen. Creator ZelezoBeton's new CS:GO map is inspired by the fortress as it appears in The Witcher (which also stars in The Witcher 3), and while the modder says it's not a 1:1 replica of the open-world game's location, it's immediately recognisable as the School of the Wolf's home base. You can see it for yourself in action in the video clip below. Set in the hills like The Witcher's own version, CS:GO Kaer Morhen features the same distinctive layout: the layered courtyards peppered with trees and crumbly rubble, cavernous old halls lit with candles and propped up with decaying beams - even Geralt's tower chamber is there, with its circular fireplace in the middle. There's even a bathtub. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: 37 CS:GO coaches have been banned for using a spectator bug CS:GO console commands, launch options, and configs ESL announces CS:GO 2021 events calendar, big Pro Tour format changes, more

Steam phishing exploit fixed by Valve

Update: Valve have now fixed this exploit, so you're free to browse Steam until your little heart is content. Basically, the exploit happened because a section of the 'My Guides Showcase' recognised scripts placed in the title section, opening it up to abuse. There are more details over on Reddit. This isn't the first time something like this has happened, as you can see in the video above. Tomáš Duda, a developer working for SCS Software, uncovered an exploit in 2014, and his reports to Valve allegedly went unanswered. He decided to show them by putting a bit of harmless code in there, making Steam do the Harlem Shake. It's funny, but it did get him a year ban. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: 37 CS:GO coaches have been banned for using a spectator bug CS:GO console commands, launch options, and configs ESL announces CS:GO 2021 events calendar, big Pro Tour format changes, more

37 CS:GO coaches have been banned for using a spectator bug

Exactly 37 esports coaches are facing sanctions for allegedly using a spectator bug in CS:GO to gain a bird's-eye view of a map during competitive play, giving them and their team an unfair advantage. The esports watchdog association that issued the sanctions posted findings from an on-going investigation spelling out who has been implicated, and how long they'll be banned. In an additional document provided with the report, The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) explains how it determined the length. The ESIC assigned each offending party demerit points based on what the watchdog found during its investigation. After the ESIC dished out those points, sanction tiers were then developed to "ensure a proportionate and reasonable level of penalty could be applied consistently across various offenders". The highest tier of the ban period is 36 months, whereas the lowest tier is five. Other factors additionally influenced the bans given out. For example, if someone confessed to using the spectator bug before the investigation, their ban would have been reduced by 40%. If someone assisted in the investigation, they would have seen their ban knocked down by 20%. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO console commands, launch options, and configs ESL announces CS:GO 2021 events calendar, big Pro Tour format changes, more This fan-made CS:GO map lets you tackle Wingman mode in a London Tube station

FaZe backs CS:GO coach RobbaN after spectator bug ban

The Esports Integrity Commission confirmed yesterday that 37 coaches would receive bans for abusing the infamous spectator bug in CS:GO tournaments. However, some coaches aren't too happy with the bans that they've been served. One such coach is FaZe coach Robert 'RobbaN' Dahlström, who was charged with a five and a half month ban but maintains his innocence. He wrote about his experiences with the bug in a Twitlonger, saying that in the first instance he encountered it, he was very confused but made what he believed to be the "honorable decision" and muted his microphone for the rest of the game. FaZe lost that game 16-1. When he encountered the bug a second time, RobbaN realised there might be something seriously wrong and it could be happening more often to other teams. This time, he notified a tournament admin, and together they rectified the view. In the ESIC investigation, RobbaN was only charged for abusing the bug in one match, meaning the commission found his decision to bring in the tournament admin sufficient proof of his innocence this time around. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: "I will never let my team down" - mantuu talks overcoming injuries, ESIC ruling, and more Xyp9x confirms he's back playing CS:GO, will play BLAST next month ESIC takes aim at stream snipers in official CS:GO matches

ESIC takes aim at stream snipers in official CS:GO matches

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has dominated the headlines this week after 37 CS:GO coaches were banned for abusing a spectator bug. With bans spanning from three months to three years and coaches taking varying stances on the ruling, the referees of the esports world are moving on to stream snipers. Now, this won't impact regular players who are trying to get matched with and take out the biggest streamers - this investigation is only related to official CS:GO tournaments; specifically competitors tuning into official tournament streams to gain an advantage. This isn't like sneaking a peek at your mate's homework in school - it's like if Andy Murray gained the power to time travel and used it to figure out precisely where Roger Federer would serve the ball before each shot. "It's something that's really emerged in this COVID period," explains Ian Smith, integrity commissioner at ESIC on the HLTV Confirmed show. "We got some reports, perfectly substantiated reports of stream sniping." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Xyp9x confirms he's back playing CS:GO, will play BLAST next month FaZe backs CS:GO coach RobbaN after spectator bug ban ForZe challenges lmbt's CS:GO coaching ban

37 CS:GO coaches have been banned for abusing the Spectator bug

37 CS:GO coaches have been banned for abusing the Spectator bug 37 CS:GO coaches have been banned for abusing the Spectator bug Over the past month, multiple CS:GO coaches have been suspended for exploiting a Spectator bug that gave them an unfair advantage, allowing them a birds-eye view of portions of the map they wouldn't usually be able to see. The ESIC (Esports Integrity Commission) announced that matches from official ESL and DreamHack tournaments were analysed. Initially this resulted in bans for three coaches: MIBR's Ricardo "dead" Sinigaglia, Heroic's Nicolai "HUNDEN" Petersen, and Hard Legion's Aleksandr "MechanoGun" Bogatiryev. The ESIC has now announced that it's issued sanctions against 37 coaches for using the glitch. So far, the commission has checked roughly 20 percent of the total demos available for review. However, they claim that the demos they've reviewed so far "likely comprise the most substantial cases of abuse". Each offender has been assigned 'demerit points' that correspond to a specific sanction tier, which then outlines the duration of the ban. This standardises the sanctions to ensure that each person receives a fair penalty. Here are the sanctioning tiers and ban periods: Tier 1 (Aggravated) (eight points): 36 months Tier 1 Sanction (six to seven points): 18 months Tier 2 Sanction (three to five points): 10 months Tier 3 Sanction (fewer than three points): 5 months Those who came forward and admitted to exploiting the bug in advance may see their ban period reduced, and individuals can appeal if they want to contest their suspensions. The ESIC has also outlined that they couldn't be sure "whether the teams related to the offending parties were complicit in the exploitation of the Spectator Bug at the time that the offences took place". For now, here's the full list of the 37 coaches that have been banned, the team they're from, and how long each suspension will last: Twista—iGame.com: 15.75 months casle—maquinas: 10 months Dinamito—Furious Gaming: 10 months ArnoZ1K4—Evidence: 10 months Rejin—Tricked: 19.8 months glouDH—Freestyle: 10 months prd—Neverest: 10 months nook—QB Fire: 7.5 months rikz—DETONA: 10 months Apoka—Luminosity/INTZ/BOOM: 5.4 months MechanoGun—Hard Legion: 36 months Hellpopovich—9z: 10 months fuRy^—DreamEaters: 7.5 months Solaar—Syman/k23: 10 months HUNDEN—Heroic: 8 months dead—SK Gaming/MIBR: 6.5 months guerri—FURIA: 4 months pita—Ninjas in Pyjamas: 10 months AKIMOV—Hard Legion: 7.5 months F_1N—Gambit Youngsters: 8.75 months ellllll—Imperial/paiN: 10 months peu—W7M: 5 months RobbaN—FaZe Clan: 5.5 months Loord—Team Kinguin/Aristocracy: 6 months ToH1o—ex-Outlaws/Windigo Gaming: 10 months Andi—NAVI: 10 months pepik—eSuba: 10 months B1GGY—Heretics: 7.5 months chrille—Epsilon/Red Reserve: 10 months starix—NAVI: 10 months ave—North: 6 months rosey—Nordavind: 10 months LMBT_R—Hellraisers/forZe: 7.5 months FeTiSh—Heroic: 3.75 months miNIr0x—AGO: 3.75 months pNshr—SKADE: 3.75 months ruggah—Dignitas: 3.75 months The investigation also revealed that the Spectator Bug had previously been reported to admins in non-ESIC member tournaments as early as 2017, but the ESIC has stated that they were "not aware of how these reports were treated by non-members as we do not have operational visibility of any actions that were taken. Accordingly, ESIC will not make any comment relating to prior reports of the Spectator Bug to tournament admins by individuals." Thanks, Dexerto.

ForZe challenges lmbt's CS:GO coaching ban

It has already been a day of reckoning for the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community. The Esports Integrity Commission revealed earlier today it was issuing bans to 37 coaches for abusing the now infamous coach spectator bug, but not everyone is happy about it - in fact, forZe eSports is already challenging the findings. Following the release of the report, in which assistant coach Sergey 'Imbt' Bezhanov was named, the Russian esports organisation has leapt to his defence. Despite being banned for seven and a half months for apparently abusing the bug in three separate cases (two against MiBR and one against Nordavind), forZe isn't happy with the investigation. According to the organisation, the assistant coach was in the Maincast analytics studio for the the MiBR match and couldn't abuse the bug by providing information to players. In the Nordavind match, lmbt apparently reported this to ESIC himself and did not pass on any information to his players. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Xyp9x confirms he's back playing CS:GO, will play BLAST next month FaZe backs CS:GO coach RobbaN after spectator bug ban ESIC takes aim at stream snipers in official CS:GO matches

37 CS:GO coaches banned for exploiting infamous coach spectator bug

The Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) has sanctioned 37 coaches who abused a Spectator Bug in official tournaments. The bug allowed coaches to take a number of steps to become a spectator anywhere on the map - and then they could relay information to their team about enemy locations. ESIC has examined 20% of the available data thus far and given sanctions based on the "frequency" and "duration" of bug abuse. This is an impressive feat, as the complete dataset comprised of 99,650 demos, an astonishing 15.2TB of data. However, the commission is keen to point out that only 0.1% of cases so far have returned positive results. At present, ESIC has banned 37 coaches for periods between 3.75 and 36 months, the longest ban handed to Aleksandr 'MechanoGun' 'zoneR' Bogatiryev for 16 counts of bug exploitation with his team Hard Legion. As well as the ban, many coaches including zoneR have been fired by their teams. However, zoneR's replacement at Hard Legion Sergey 'starix' Ischuk has also been issued a ban, his for 10 months. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Xyp9x confirms he's back playing CS:GO, will play BLAST next month FaZe backs CS:GO coach RobbaN after spectator bug ban ESIC takes aim at stream snipers in official CS:GO matches

CS:GO console commands, launch options, and configs

What are the most useful CS:GO console commands? Like with many of Valve's other games, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can exploit the power of the Source engine console to give you more options and better settings. It's just as important for improving at the game as knowing where to aim guns and grenades - plus, it can even make practising that much easier and more efficient. Being a Steam game, CS:GO also has launch options that can be configured to customise elements before you're even loaded in. All Counter-Strike: Global Offensive veterans will tell you that matches of skilled players can be won and lost on the smallest of margins. A smoke grenade lobbed an inch to the left of the optimum location can reveal your push to the enemy team, for instance. Ensure you have all the knowledge you need to win with the best CS:GO console commands. Below we'll break down all the best console commands and launch options, and even recommend what you should change in your config files to give you the biggest advantage possible. If you're a new player, you might want to check out our CS:GO tips before heading into the console, to help you get a leg up in Valve's deceptively complex FPS. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: ESL announces CS:GO 2021 events calendar, big Pro Tour format changes, more This fan-made CS:GO map lets you tackle Wingman mode in a London Tube station The story of Counter-Strike's de_dust2_long, as told by its creator

ESL announces CS:GO 2021 events calendar, big Pro Tour format changes, more

The ESL has announced some big changes headed to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's competitive scene next year, along with a full reveal of its events calendar, as it hopes to "bring some stability back" for players, fans, and the organisation itself. These changes include an all-new format for ESL Pro Tour events, a shiny new studio "designed for CS:GO", and more. "Following one of the most unpredictable and challenging years in esports history, we'd like to reveal our vision and outlook for ESL Pro Tour 2021," the ESL announces on its site. "By announcing our calendar for the upcoming events next year we wish to bring some stability back for the players, fans and ourselves. We hope that LAN events will return and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation leading into 2021." The first of these major updates is the official CS:GO 2021 calendar itself, which next year will feature a "lower density of matches" - that is, eight ESL Pro Tour LAN tournaments, which will be "held over the course of two back-to-back weekends", instead of over a single week. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This fan-made CS:GO map lets you tackle Wingman mode in a London Tube station The story of Counter-Strike's de_dust2_long, as told by its creator The best sniper games on PC

This fan-made CS:GO map lets you tackle Wingman mode in a London Tube station

Alongside the main game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a pretty active custom map creator community - and one new, particularly impressive fan-made map lets you hare around a (fictional) London Underground train station. The map, titled 'Oyster' - presumably after the travel card - is for the FPS game's 2v2 Wingman mode, and sees you battle it out in an "under construction" Tube station, Aldham East. The map was made for the recent Source Engine Discord Wingman mapping competition, creator and level designer Sol Williams explains in a press release. As you can see in the cinematic showcase clip of the map below, while the station itself is fictional, it's hugely faithful to the look and feel of London's underground network of tube stations, from its advert-covered white tiled corridors to the signs, escalators, and - heck! - even its litter bins. "Fifteen stories beneath the streets, within the thick concrete of an under-construction station," the trailer says, "an organised eastern European agent is to attempt an attack", in order to destroy a bunch of historical artefacts hidden underneath the station's floor. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The story of Counter-Strike's de_dust2_long, as told by its creator The best sniper games on PC CS:GO will hold its first LAN tournament in six months in December

The story of Counter-Strike's de_dust2_long, as told by its creator

In late August, a Twitter user asked their followers if they had any achievements that were completely inconsequential, but which they held dear nonetheless. One reply stood out. "Back in 2005, I came up with a rough modification of an already existing Counter-Strike 1.6 map, which became popular worldwide and it's still being played to this day," Ramiro Olivencia, of Santa Fe, Argentina, tweeted. "It's called de_dust2_largo." Searching for Counter-Strike 1.6 servers in Argentina in the mid-2000s always yielded similar results. Dozens of players gathered in room after virtual room, playing the same map until sunrise. It wasn't the famous Dust2, but rather a modification of it that went on to carve out its own place in history, known in the rest of the world as 'de_dust2_long'. But no one knew who to give credit to until Olivencia tweeted about it. He never acknowledged how successful his creation had been, both inside and outside South America. 15 years later, the reaction to his revelation still leaves him shocked to the core. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This fan-made CS:GO map lets you tackle Wingman mode in a London Tube station The best sniper games on PC CS:GO will hold its first LAN tournament in six months in December

CS:GO will hold its first LAN tournament in six months in December

For the bulk of the year, in-person esports events have been off the table, with tournament organisers scrambling to set up online events to take the place of LAN-based on-site events. ESL has announced that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will return to LAN format for the IEM Global Challenge this December to crown this year's champion in the multiplayer game. The Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge is slated for December 15-20, and will take place in Cologne, Germany. The tournament will feature the top eight teams from IEM New York 2020, IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020, and DreamHack Open Fall 2020, all competing for a chance at an Intel Grand Slam and a slice of a $500,000 USD purse. Those qualifying events will still be held online. IEM New York is set for October 6-25, the DreamHack Open will run October 15-25, and the IEM Beijing-Haidian tournament will pit the winners of IEM NY and DreamHack against each other November 6-22. Each step along the way is another chance at qualifying for the Global Challenge and a cash prize. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This fan-made CS:GO map lets you tackle Wingman mode in a London Tube station The story of Counter-Strike's de_dust2_long, as told by its creator The best sniper games on PC

Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster

Despite the ongoing global pandemic, professional CS:GO players haven't had a moment's rest thanks to online tournaments. The CS:GO community recently saw the effects of exhaustion when Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander and Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth decided to step down from the Astralis starting lineup, with gla1ve in particular citing burnout and stress symptoms. Ninjas in Pyjamas has now made the decision to place Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson on medical leave for the rest of ESL Pro League. The reason for nawwk's medical leave has not been officially disclosed by NiP, though Jonas Gundersen, NiP's chief operating officer, was quick to dispel any rumours of burnout. When Astralis star, Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen suggested nawwk was suffering from burnout on Twitter, Gundersen responded with this : "Just for the record: Burnout is mentioned nowhere. Exhaustion can be many things, whereas burnout is an entirely different topic." By placing nawwk on medical leave, NiP hopes to avoid further problems in the future by ensuring he is able to recover before any big events. It looks like NiP want to have nawwk back in the team for the next RMR tournament, though there is no telling when that will happen. Last week, Valve and ESL officially cancelled the Rio 2020 CS:GO Major which was set to take place in November. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player

Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt

Dignitas has dropped veteran Counter-Strike duo Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT⁠' Alesund and Richard 'Xizt⁠' Landström from its starting roster after a string of poor performances. The two Swedes, who were both long-serving members of Ninjas In Pyjama's iconic CS:GO roster before reuniting at Dignitas, have been benched because "recent results have failed to live up to fans' expectations," according to a statement from the organisation. Dignitas also says news on the two players' replacements would be shared "early next week." In a tweet of his own, GeT_RiGhT expresses his agreement with Dignitas' "correct decision" and admits that he had been weighing up his future with the team for some time due to his health conditions. While GeT_RiGhT was one of the world's greatest and most successful players in the mid 2010s, tournament wins have been few and far between for the 30-year-old in recent years. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: 37 CS:GO coaches banned for exploiting infamous coach spectator bug Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back

Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back

Astralis Group has decided to merge the branding of all its esports teams to coincide with its most famous and successful squad, the Astralis CS:GO team. The name, iconic logo, and 'To the stars' slogan of Astralis will now be adopted by the group's two other teams: LEC League of Legends team Origen and the Future FC FIFA esports brand. Astralis Group has always tried to keep its three esports brands separate and leave the Astralis title exclusively for the CS:GO team that made it such a recognisable name. This change of strategy will now see the FIFA and LoL divisions utilising Astralis' power as a brand. Astralis Group announced the news with a rousing video on social media and a statement on its website, in which CEO Anders Hørsholt says that the merger will now position Astralis "as one of the biggest esports brands in Europe and a major global player." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player

HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player

Having six professional players on a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster is quite a fashionable thing at the moment. With the uncertainty a global pandemic brings, plus the threat of burnout and injury, many organisations have pivoted to bringing in additional players to plug the gap in their schedules. This is something Cloud9's new general manager Henry 'HenryG' Greer wants to explore, but with a twist. Speaking on the HLTV Confirmed show, the former caster says he's looking to sign a sixth man to the team soon, but that this player will play an active part in the team's training and practice schedule. "I plan to announce a sixth player as we open up shop," HenryG says. "I'm going to have an active sixth player who's not going to be on the bench as it were, he's going to be actively playing, he'll be more of a brand ambassador while we're setting the operation up and getting the team stabilised. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back

MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO roster

Controversy has seemed to follow MiBR everywhere it goes in recent weeks and months, and the organisation's latest announcement only furthers that. Head coach Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia - who was recently banned by tournament organisers ESL and Beyond the Summit after being found guilty of exploiting the CS:GO spectator bug - and players Fernando '⁠fer⁠' Alvarenga and Epitacio 'TACO⁠' de Melo have all been dropped from the organisation due to MiBR wanting to make "some adjustments" to the roster. While this alone was big news for the Brazilian team, it was followed by in-game leader Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo announcing that he would be stepping down from the roster too. "I'm not satisfied with the recent decision," FalleN says in a Twitlonger. " last weeks have been tough and challenging and that is why I'm asking to leave the active roster while I think on my next steps. This time will be necessary to find my essence and return the peace I need to decide my path, while I accomplish my contractual obligations. The only thing I'm sure is this isn't where the game ends for me." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back

ENCE coach Twista suspended after CS:GO spectator bug confession

ENCE's Slaava 'Twista' Räsänen has become the latest coach to admit to using the CS:GO spectator bug exploit and has been suspended by his organisation as a result. After admitting to his team that he had used the bug to his advantage, ENCE reported Twista to the Esports Integrity Commission, which is investigating historic use of the bug and currently has a confession period open. In a statement, ENCE clarifies that Twista has not yet been proven guilty by ESIC, but that it has started an investigation into the coach. While Twista could have stayed on as ENCE's coach, the organisation decided to suspend him anyway in the interest of competitive integrity. "During our consultation, ESIC stated that we are allowed to let Twista act as a coach through the investigation period, but we have decided to suspend him regardless," the statement reads. "While Twista has done a stellar job coaching the team at ENCE and we have no reason to believe he has had any foul play during his time with us, we take competitive integrity very seriously. Suspending him to conclude the investigation was the only course of action we saw to be right." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back

Cloud9 signs CS:GO star ALEX in $1.65 million deal

As part of its mass restructuring of its CS:GO team, Cloud9 has added former Team Vitality rifler Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin as its new in-game leader. ALEX becomes the second signing of new general manager Henry 'HenryG' Greer after the former CS:GO caster brought in Aleksandar 'Kassad' Trifunovic as head coach. In levels of transparency rarely seen in the esports industry, HenryG openly revealed some of the details of ALEX's signing, confirming the Brit has penned a three year deal worth $1.65 million. This comes after HenryG promised to be as open as possible about Cloud9's business in forming its new team. While ALEX officially departed Vitality less than 24 hours ago, he has not played for the organisation for over six months after stepping down from the main roster, citing burnout and exhaustion over Vitality's packed travel schedule. By joining Cloud9, ALEX will now be part of an organisation with a less strenuous schedule as the only tournament organiser it is partnered with is Flashpoint. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back

CS:GO teams found to have used coach bug will have RMR points reset

It's been hard to see the light in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene recently. Reports of match-fixing are being investigated, the CS:GO Rio Major has been cancelled, and there's been a significant fall out around the coach bug scandal. Now though, Valve has broken its silence to weigh in. In a statement commenting on the future of the Rio CS:GO 2020 Major, Valve also addressed the coaching bug scandal that's been the focus of many for the last two weeks. Investigations led by the Esports Integrity Commission, which will reportedly last at least eight months, revealed that the bug has been in existence since 2016 - something Valve calls "unfortunate." "It is unfortunate and frustrating that we did not respond to this bug sooner," Valve says. "But bugs are the reality of software-and until they are resolved, we need to be able to trust players and coaches." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back

The Rio CS:GO Major has finally been cancelled

It's finally official: Valve and ESL have cancelled the Rio 2020 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major. The tournament, which was scheduled to take place in Brazil in November, has now been cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement released today, ESL says it worked hard on "alternative options" but that it was forced to "face the fact that the global situation does not allow for a Major to take place." This now leads fans without a Major for the first time in seven years. However, the news has hardly come as a surprise. Like many countries worldwide, Brazil has struggled to cope with coronavirus, recording a total of 4.18 million cases to date, 5.57% of which originated in Rio. Despite being postponed once before, ESL says its remains committed to bringing a Major event to Brazil again in the future. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO roster

CS:GO update brings a batch of changes to Anubis and Mutiny maps

Two of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's maps have received a fresh batch of updates. Developer Valve has posted patch notes for a new update that introduces a bunch of tweaks and tinkerings to the CS:GO maps Anubis and Mutiny, which were both added to some of the FPS game's official matchmaking pools earlier this year. For Anubis, the studio has introduced changes to the map's spawn points, as well as some visual changes and a handful of bug fixes. The Ancient Egyptian temple-inspired Anubis map's spawn points have been shifted "slightly apart from each other" to enable "better movement". The dev has also added some grenade clips onto "short A for smoothing bouncing" as well as fixed some minor "nitpicking stuff" on the multiplayer game's radar. It's not quite clear what this stuff is from the notes, but it sounds like a little tidy-up to improve clarity. The map's various bug fixes address hiccups with things like "invisible prop faces, gun falling through props, floating props, invisible brush faces, props z-fighting" the developer says in the notes. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO tips: check out our Counter-Strike: Global Offensive guide Esports Integrity Commission launches investigation into CS:GO spectator bug CS:GO gets a new advanced training program to hone players' skills

YouTuber designs fake cheat software to troll would-be CS:GO hackers

YouTuber 'ScriptKid' has come up with an ingenious way to troll would-be Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheaters, by uploading fake cheating software to trick players seeking to gain an unfair advantage into dying in hilarious ways. ScriptKid recorded a game of someone who had downloaded their software, and watched as the cheater ended up randomly jumping off the map and falling to their death. The software is "designed to backfire," ScriptKid explains, meaning the cheater won't realise they're being trolled until it's too late. The software is designed to look like a real cheat client, but if someone tries to use it in a ranked match, it will "mess with their game in unexpected and funny ways." Jumping off a roof is just one example; the software can also lock doors, set off grenades beneath a cheater's feet, trigger 'drunken movement', slow down their movement, or much more. This software works by installing 'trip wires' across the map. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back

HenryG becomes Cloud9's CS:GO general manager, appoints Kassad as coach

After Cloud9 revealed yesterday that it would begin another restructuring of its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, changes are already coming thick and fast. Former caster Henry 'HenryG' Greer will become the org's general manager for CS:GO, while Aleksandar "Kassad" Trifunovic will serve as coach. HenryG has confirmed that Kassad was appointed by him as the first building block for Cloud9's restructure. Kassad comes to the job with experience from mousesports, Renegades, and 100 Thieves, and HenryG clearly sees him as the man to take Cloud9 where they want to go. As for who specifically Kassad will be coaching, we still don't know. As part of the recently announced restructuring, it was confirmed that the entire roster was set to be dropped. Along with appointing Kassad, HenryG's job will be to fill that roster, and he revealed on Twitter that he's just getting started. "The five man roster is not finalised and I still have seats available," he says. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO roster

CSPPA delays release of CS:GO rankings to "improve the methodology"

The Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association has today announced that it will be delaying the release of its monthly CS:GO world rankings to focus on "improving the methodology." The CSPPA's first world rankings announcement last month drew a lot of questions and criticism from the CS:GO community for its massive discrepancies compared to established rankings from the likes of ESL or HLTV. The CSPPA's rankings aimed to rank teams on their performances at events but would penalise them or give less weight to results from events that would clash with its ethos of creating better working conditions for players. While the sentiment seems good in practise, the order in which the CSPPA ranked the world's top teams was laughed at by a large portion of the CS:GO community. The association has now announced that it will not release September's rankings in order to focus on "improving the methodology" after plenty of feedback. It will now return with a rankings update in October instead. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO roster

CS:GO referee fears there may be more coach spectator bugs

While the CS:GO spectator bug at the centre of a massive ESIC cheating investigation has now been patched by developers Valve, one of the referees helping the investigation has warned there could be more bugs that could be exploited - some of which are potentially worse than the first. Appearing on the HLTV Confirmed podcast, esports referee Michal Slowinski was being quizzed about the process he went through to first identify cheaters using the CS:GO spectator bug. When host Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill alluded to the fact the bug was no longer in the game, Slowinski admits that there are at least "two more different instances that we might be looking into right now." The referee also clarifies that these are different variations of the coach spectator bug and that they can actually offer "more of an advantage" than the initial bug that is currently being investigated by ESIC. " instance of the bug has now been fixed, but unfortunately there might be more," Slowinski says. "I think there might be like two more different instances that we are looking into right now. It's actually even more of an advantage, so let's hope it's not too bad." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO roster ENCE coach Twista suspended after CS:GO spectator bug confession Cloud9 signs CS:GO star ALEX in $1.65 million deal

CS:GO tips: check out our Counter-Strike: Global Offensive guide

Since Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's release in 2012, it's become one of the most popular esports in the world - let alone one of the most played FPS games - regularly pulling in audiences in the millions. On top of that, it's expanded with its own battle royale mode and heaps of new maps, and it's even gone free-to-play. Since its release in 1999, Counter-Strike has always had a reputation for being hard to start playing. Anyone who plays it will have a story for you about how badly they got thrashed when they first started out, and countless new players have been scared off by CS' steep learning curve over the last decade and a half. While its core mechanics are relatively simple - simply point the gun towards your enemies and shoot - once you dip below the surface, Counter-Strike quickly proves to be a much deeper game than it first seems. With that in mind, we've gathered together some helpful tips, so if you're one of those new players enticed by that 'free Steam games' tag, read on to help you swat up on Valve's famous FPS. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Esports Integrity Commission launches investigation into CS:GO spectator bug CS:GO gets a new advanced training program to hone players' skills Pusha T and Logic's CS:GO team withdrew from an ESL One match to highlight protests against police brutality

Rejin and F_N1 confess to exploiting CS:GO coach spectator bug

Another two Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coaches have been suspended pending investigation after they confessed to using the infamous coach spectating bug. Allan 'Rejin' Petersen and Ivan 'F_1N' Kochugov have been suspended from mousesports and Gambit Youngsters respectively. The coaches both came forward with their admissions on Twitter over the weekend after the Esports Integrity Commission announced it would be opening a confession period for coaches as part of its investigation into abuse of the bug, which reportedly stretches back as far as 2016. Rejin says he used the bug, which he discovered by "accident", in a number of matches when he was coaching Tricked in 2017-2018, but the players were unaware of his activity. The coach, who promises he never exploited the bug while coaching mousesports, made league admins aware of the bug after encountering it again during ESL Road to Rio, leading to the investigation we know today. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO roster ENCE coach Twista suspended after CS:GO spectator bug confession Cloud9 signs CS:GO star ALEX in $1.65 million deal

Esports Integrity Commission launches investigation into CS:GO spectator bug

A formal investigation has been launched into the use of a coach spectating bug in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Esports Integrity Commission will be spending the bones of the next year looking into professional cheating in the FPS game. In a post on the official site, the ESIC outlines the reasoning behind, and broad methodology, of the inquiry. At the start of September, coaches from Hard Legion, Heroic, and MIRB received suspensions from ESL for exploiting a glitch that allowed them to see the whole map and essentially spy on the opposing team. The ESIC has saw it fit to perform a wider look into other instances of the glitch being used to gain an upper hand. "We have reason to believe that exploitation of the spectator bug by other parties than those already sanctioned, may have existed historically," the post reads. "Accordingly, ESIC has decided to establish an inquiry into the exploitation of the spectator bug dating back to 2016." Over the next eight months, some 25,000 demos from 2016 through to now will be reviewed by the ESIC, using AI and human eyes, in collaboration with esports referee Michal Slowinski and IT specialiat Steve Dudenhoeffer, who discovered the exploit. The ESIC itself was founded in 2016, hence the specific remit. Standardised sanctions will be doled out on a case-by-case basis. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO tips: check out our Counter-Strike: Global Offensive guide CS:GO gets a new advanced training program to hone players' skills Pusha T and Logic's CS:GO team withdrew from an ESL One match to highlight protests against police brutality

HenryG retires from casting CS:GO, teases "colossal" move

After working 150 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events, prominent caster Henry 'HenryG' Greer has announced he's hanging up his microphone. The Brit, who has worked in the scene for nearly six years now, says that casting "wasn't making him happy" and that he needed a change. In a revealing interview with DBLTAP's Jarek 'DeKay' Lewis, HenryG says that while he's blessed to have had such a successful career, the constant travelling associated with working CS:GO events and the lack of progression in broadcasting left him "jaded beyond belief." He also admits that the recent sexual assault allegations levelled against him, which he maintains are false, have also influenced his decision to step down from casting. "I'm sure everyone was expecting regular scheduled programming to resume and that I would eventually be back on your screens, putting on the cans and giving it hell. As much as I wish that was the case - it's not," he says. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Cloud9 signs CS:GO star ALEX in $1.65 million deal CS:GO teams found to have used coach bug will have RMR points reset The Rio CS:GO Major has finally been cancelled

Pita admits he used infamous CS:GO coach spectating bug in 2018

Just over an hour after the Esports Integrity Commission announced it was going to open a confession period for its inquiry into historic coach spectator bug exploitation, a former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coach has come clean. Faruk 'Pita' Pita, the former Ninja in Pyjamas coach, posted a Twitlonger in which he reveals that he used the bug during the team's final ESL Pro League Season 8 match in November 2018 against mousesports. The Bosnian prefaces the confession with the fact that NiP were already in the relegation zone and mousesports were already in the final. The game had to be played, but the result of the match changed nothing. "I want to be honest and say that the bug happened to me during an official game in 2018," Pita says in the statement, which is titled 'I fucked up'. "I think it would be better if I said this myself, even though I realise it might potentially ruin any future possibility for me within CS:GO." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO teams found to have used coach bug will have RMR points reset The Rio CS:GO Major has finally been cancelled YouTuber designs fake cheat software to troll would-be CS:GO hackers

CS:GO gets a new advanced training program to hone players' skills

Like many FPS games, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can be a pretty challenging game, regardless of whether you're a total newbie or a CS:GO veteran. But, software and peripherals company Logitech has developed a new way to help players of all experience levels hone their skills in the game. It's a program called Playmaster, and is "backed by science and built with professional esports organisations" to help CS:GO fans improve. "Playmaster is designed to capture specific data from gamers - from amateurs to esports pros - to help them understand how to reach their full potential," a post on Logitech's site (via The Verge) says. The tool's beta version is now available for all players to try out to "analyse their play and improve specific skills, such as targeting acquisition, map navigation, and player movement". The way the software program works is by getting CS:GO players to complete an initial "baseline skills assessment", which lasts around 30 minutes. This allows them to identify their own specific strengths and weaknesses, as well as how they fare relative to both the average CS:GO community performance and the multiplayer game's top pro players. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Esports Integrity Commission launches investigation into CS:GO spectator bug Pusha T and Logic's CS:GO team withdrew from an ESL One match to highlight protests against police brutality Looks like CS:GO is saying bye-bye to "report botting"

ESIC to investigate CS:GO spectator bug usage as far back as 2016

The Esports Integrity Commission is launching a massive historical investigation into the exploitation of CS:GO's spectator bug, spanning as far back as 2016. In a statement released today, ESIC revealed that over 25,000 hours of gameplay footage from CS:GO events would now be reviewed in an attempt to unearth more instances of the spectator bug exploit being used. The launch of the investigation comes after three coaches were found guilty this week of using the exploit in ESL tournaments. The two referees who first discovered the use of the exploit, Michel Slowinski and Steve Dudenhoeffer, have again been enlisted to trawl through the thousands of hours of footage in ESIC's large scale investigation. While ESIC, Slowinski, and Dudenhoeffer are committed to going through all of the evidence in this investigation - which ESIC estimates will take around 8 months to complete fully - there will be an initial "confession period" for those who want to admit their guilt to using the exploit prior to the investigation. The confession period is open now and closes in just nine days on September 13. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: HenryG becomes Cloud9's CS:GO general manager, appoints Kassad as coach CSPPA delays release of CS:GO rankings to "improve the methodology" CS:GO referee fears there may be more coach spectator bugs

Furia coach guerri protests his innocence in CS:GO coach bug scandal

Furia coach Nicholas 'guerri' Nogueira has given his side of the story after he was accused of exploiting the now infamous spectator bug glitch in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. guerri was not one of the three coaches hit with a ban, but has since been accused by fans of also exploiting the bug. On his YouTube channel, guerri offered an explanation for the footage which appeared to show him using the spectator bug. He uploaded and described the entire game footage from the two matches he was accused of exploiting the bug in, telling viewers that when he became aware of the bug occuring, he alt-tabbed out of the game so he could not use the camera bug To prove his innocence, guerri provided complete footage of the game in question, which includes guerri's full commentary. He clearly does not relay any information he might have seen from the bug. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: HenryG becomes Cloud9's CS:GO general manager, appoints Kassad as coach CSPPA delays release of CS:GO rankings to "improve the methodology" CS:GO referee fears there may be more coach spectator bugs

Fundraiser started for CS:GO referees who caught cheating coaches

A Gofundme page has been started to help compensate Michel Slowinski and Steve Dudenhoeffer, the two referees responsible for trawling through hundreds of hours of in-game footage of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gameplay to investigate cheating allegations. Their work uncovered the use of a spectator bug by coaches and led to Aleksandr 'MechanoGun' Bogatiryev of Hard Legion Esports, Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia of MiBR, and Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen of Heroic being banned from ESL, and dead also being banned from BTS. The bug in question allowed spectators - in this case, coaches - to place their camera anywhere in the arena, allowing them to view areas they would not usually be allowed to including the enemy spawn zone. Slowinski and Dudenhoeffer watched hundreds of hours of in-game footage as part of their investigation, and fans are clearly eager to show their appreciation. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: HenryG becomes Cloud9's CS:GO general manager, appoints Kassad as coach CSPPA delays release of CS:GO rankings to "improve the methodology" CS:GO referee fears there may be more coach spectator bugs

ESIC investigating 15 allegations of match-fixing in CS:GO

After ESL and BTS have both banned coaches for exploiting a spectator bug to cheat in CS:GO, ESIC has announced that its ongoing match-fixing investigation in the esport has turned up 15 cases which it considers "to be of significant concern for the industry." These investigations are yet to be concluded, and while they might not all result in guilty verdicts, the sheer number of them is cause for alarm. The investigations began 18 months ago, and were triggered by "suspicious bet alerts through global integrity monitoring framework." Investigations of this nature are complicated and often slow moving, as the betting patterns can be both difficult to trace and to source, while deliberate actions on behalf of the players can be difficult to prove. The investigation has centred around the MDL tournament series, ran by ESL subsidiary ESEA. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: HenryG becomes Cloud9's CS:GO general manager, appoints Kassad as coach CSPPA delays release of CS:GO rankings to "improve the methodology" CS:GO referee fears there may be more coach spectator bugs

MiBR and dead punished by BTS for use of the CS:GO coach bug

Following ESL banning coaches Aleksandr 'MechanoGun' Bogatiryev, Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia, and Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen for abusing a spectator bug in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, BTS has concluded its own investigation into the bug and has also banned dead for the same offense. dead was coaching MiBR when these offenses occurred, and the team has already acted decisively, firing the coach following the ESL ban. The organisation is yet to make a comment following the BTS decison, but while they have been offered the right to appeal, the team's reaction to the ESL ban suggests that is unlikely. This cheating allowed spectators - such as the coaches - to place themselves anywhere on the map. This allowed them an unfair insight into what the other team was doing, and included observing areas which the opposition would usually be unable to see, such as the enemy team spawn area. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: HenryG becomes Cloud9's CS:GO general manager, appoints Kassad as coach CSPPA delays release of CS:GO rankings to "improve the methodology" CS:GO referee fears there may be more coach spectator bugs

Chaos signs MarKE, makes vanity in-game leader for CS:GO

Edgar 'MarKE' Maldonado has signed for Chaos' Counter-Strike: Global Offensive squad, replacing Joshua 'steel' Nissan. Steel was a veteran of the CS:GO scene and Chaos' in-game leader, but he recently swapped CS:GO for Valorant, as many CS:GO pros have done in the past few weeks. Chaos confirmed the signing in an official announcement on its website, in which the team also announced that while MarKE is filling steel's spot, Anthony 'vanity' Malaspina will be taking over from steel as in-game leader. Erik 'Xeppaa' Bach, Nathan 'leaf' Orf, and Jon 'Jonji-JLC' Carey complete the five person line-up for Chaos. MarKE has been on the scene since 2016, and has previously played for NRG, Torqued, Swole Patrol, eUnited, and most recently Ze Pug Godz. In Chaos' statement, the team says it hopes MarKE will "bring the right mixture of experience and raw mechanical skill to balance the team and help carry it to new heights." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO referee fears there may be more coach spectator bugs Rejin and F_N1 confess to exploiting CS:GO coach spectator bug HenryG retires from casting CS:GO, teases "colossal" move

ESL bans three CS:GO coaches for abusing spectator bug

ESL has banned three Counter-Strike: Global Offensive coaches for at least six months after they were caught abusing an in-game camera bug. The bug allowed the coaches to see areas of the map which were supposed to be hidden from players, including the enemy team's spawn area. The three coaches banned are Aleksandr 'MechanoGun' Bogatiryev of Hard Legion Esports, Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia of MiBR, and Nicolai 'HUNDEN' Petersen of Heroic. The bans came a day after Heroic won ESL One: Cologne and scooped the $150,000 prize, though Heroic was not found to be using the exploit at all during this tournament. ESL provided a statement which detailed when and where the coaches were caught cheating, and some have claimed that this cheating is further evidence that results from online tournaments can never be conclusively proven to have been cheat free. Though online play is a necessity enforced by the pandemic, it is much harder to regulate and ensure a level playing field. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: HenryG becomes Cloud9's CS:GO general manager, appoints Kassad as coach CSPPA delays release of CS:GO rankings to "improve the methodology" CS:GO referee fears there may be more coach spectator bugs

Steel retires from CS:GO, will stream Valorant full-time for Chaos

Valorant's recent online competitions have really shone a light on the game's growing professional scene, and it looks like another Counter-Strike: Global Offensive veteran is set to join the Riot Games ranks. Joshua 'steel' Nissan, who was handed a lifetime ban from all Valve events following his role in the iBUYPOWER match-fixing scandal of 2014, has stepped down from the Chaos CS:GO roster to pursue a Valorant career. First reported by DBLTAP and HLTV, steel has moved to a full-time Valorant content creator position inside Chaos and will reportedly be replaced on the CS:GO lineup by free agent Edgar 'MarKe' Maldonado. The news comes just as Chaos enters the top 20 of the HLTV world rankings for the first time. "Even at the best of times change is constant. Coming off of our recent success, Josh 'steel' Nissan will be transitioning to streaming full-time as a content creator focused on Valorant within the organization," the official Chaos statement reads. "In his time with us Josh has helped build something special with our CS:GO roster, and we want to honor his wishes to let him take time to figure out what is next for him in his competitive career." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: HenryG retires from casting CS:GO, teases "colossal" move Pita admits he used infamous CS:GO coach spectating bug in 2018 ESIC to investigate CS:GO spectator bug usage as far back as 2016

Pusha T and Logic's CS:GO team withdrew from an ESL One match to highlight protests against police brutality

Chaos Esports Club, the esports organisation part-owned by rappers Pusha T and Logic, withdrew from a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match this week to highlight ongoing protests against police brutality in the United States. Chaos Esports was scheduled to be facing Team Liquid in the ESL One Cologne 2020 tournament on Thursday, August 27, but instead backed out in solidarity with protesters who are standing against racial inequality and unfair policing. The announcement was made via an Instragram post from Pusha T, in which he briefly explains the decision. "Now is not the time for games. We are mad. We are exhausted. We know that gaming is part of the problem," Pusha's post reads. "We will not be competing in today's ESL One Cologne 2020 match against Team Liquid in order to do our part to move the light where it belongs - on the protests against this country's continued systemic racism and police brutality." The match was rescheduled and took place the following day, Friday, August 28. In a follow-up post, Pusha T stated Creme, his boutique clothing store in Philadelphia, will be closed until August 31, with a list of victims of violent policing and the words "Be the change". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Looks like CS:GO is saying bye-bye to "report botting" A CS:GO fan is building a Lego version of a classic map CS:GO's new world ranking system will let players take mental health breaks

Chaos postpones ESL One semifinal in solidarity with anti-racism protests

In solidarity with the ongoing protests against racism in the US and the player boycott of the NBA, the first semi final of ESL One Cologne has been postponed. Several baseball games have also been postponed as the world takes time to reflect on the most recent atrocities, include the police shooting unarmed Black man Jacob Blake in the back, and 17-year-old white man Kyle Rittenhouse being arrested for two counts of murder against BLM protestors. Team Chaos is understood to have initiated the postponement, with Team Liquid agreeing to the proposal in order to highlight the systemic racism and police brutality within American society. In a statement explaining the decision, Chaos also threw a spotlight on gaming's role in maintaining racism. "Now is not the time for games," Chaos says on Twitter, "We are mad. We are exhausted. We know that gaming is part of the problem." Liquids' statement followed shortly after, in which the organisation said it supports the decision. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Pita admits he used infamous CS:GO coach spectating bug in 2018 ESIC to investigate CS:GO spectator bug usage as far back as 2016 Furia coach guerri protests his innocence in CS:GO coach bug scandal

NiKo tells CS:GO fans he's had "enough with the hate" on FaZe Clan

Just hours after being eliminated from ESL One Cologne, FaZe Clan's in-game leader, Nikola 'NiKo' Kovač has hit back at trolls arguing about his team's performance online. The comments come just three weeks after the team signed Danish superstar Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye. While some fans appreciate the team is going through an adjustment phase with the ex-North man, some have taken to airing their frustrations online, especially after FaZe were knocked out by Team Vitality yesterday afternoon. But it appears NiKo has had enough. "Enough with the hate on my team and Kjaerbye," his recent tweet reads. "We had five days of practice and we nearly won against number 2 team in the world who has been bootcamping for weeks. Give us some time to work on our mistakes before judging, we are doing everything we can to improve asap." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Chaos signs MarKE, makes vanity in-game leader for CS:GO Steel retires from CS:GO, will stream Valorant full-time for Chaos ESL bans three CS:GO coaches for abusing spectator bug

Lekr0 completes North's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster

Jonas 'Lekr0' Olofsson has signed for North's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, completing its five person roster. North has previously indicated wanting to remain a Scandinavian team regardless of progress made elsewhere, and the signing of the Swede only compounds that ambition. Lekr0 has previously played for GODSENT, fnatic, and Ninjas in Pyjamas, but North has already indicated his role may be changing this time around. Graham Pitt, North's head of esports operations, says "Lekr0 isn't going to continue his previous role of in-game leader, but will use his experience to assist with tactical input both pre and mid game, bringing us an additional edge we lacked previously." This tweak to Lekr0's role will see him entry fragging on the T side alongside anchoring bombsites on the CT side; Lekr0's preferred role in a CS:GO squad and one which takes him back to his original playstyle. Only time will tell how effective this revert will be for Lekr0, but he'll have to get used to it quickly. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: NiKo tells CS:GO fans he's had "enough with the hate" on FaZe Clan CS:GO's report botting problem has been fixed again CSPPA reveals a new CS:GO world rankings system

CS:GO's report botting problem has been fixed again

Report botting is a serious problem in online competitive games, especially in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Although Valve claimed it had solved the problem of en masse reporting two years ago, it seems some users were able to bypass the fix - but not anymore. As reported by our sister site PCGamesN, John McDonald tweeted "RIP report botting" earlier today, suggesting the problem had been solved once again. After being questioned if the solution would hold true for years to come, the Valve developer says it's "impossible to say 'This will be fixed forever'" since it's "an ever-escalating battle" but the team is working on keeping report botters at bay for good. Report botters were a big problem years ago when many players found they were banned via CS:GO's self-regulating Overwatch system as a result of being mass reported. The problem escalated so much so that in 2018, McDonald tackled the problem himself, telling players on the Global Offensive subreddit that the bots no longer work. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Lekr0 completes North's Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster CSPPA reveals a new CS:GO world rankings system BLAST has reportedly scrapped its controversial partnership with NEOM

Looks like CS:GO is saying bye-bye to "report botting"

One of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's peskiest issues is report botting, and Valve may have just gotten rid of it. While a developer at the FPS game's studio revealed a couple of years ago the problem had been worked out (at that time) it seems to have recurred as an issue since then - but has now been taken care of again. Valve developer John McDonald has posted a brief tweet announcing: "RIP report botting." In a follow-up tweet replying to another user asking if it's gone for good this time, McDonald adds: "With adversarial problems, it is impossible to say 'This will be fixed forever'. It's probable bad actors will figure out how to bad act again in the future. It's an ever-escalating battle". So, while it sounds like there's a chance the issue could return to the game at some point, it's been solved for the time being. Around two years ago, the dev posted on the CS:GO subreddit that "Report bots do not work", explaining he "personally did the work" to prevent them a year prior to the post. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: A CS:GO fan is building a Lego version of a classic map CS:GO's new world ranking system will let players take mental health breaks The best sniper games on PC

A CS:GO fan is building a Lego version of a classic map

The videogame world is no stranger to Lego-based crossovers, and it's not only the more well-known franchises like Star Wars or Minecraft that get a look-in. We've seen game series like Fallout, Portal, and even Dark Souls taking on a more blocky aesthetic in the past. Now, thanks to one Lego-savvy fan, it seems that it's Counter-Strike's turn to be transformed into a small, cube-based project. A CS:GO player, who goes by the username Mexicandemon2, has recreated a section of the Dust II map using their Lego set and posted a picture of their build to Reddit earlier today. The fan has decided to focus on the Bombsite A section of the map, which will be familiar to any Counter-Strike player. While this may seem like an unlikely crossover, it actually works rather well and the build is incredibly accurate. The Lego build is surprisingly detailed, even including a terrorist, a counter-terrorist, and a bomb in the correct position. The creator has also made sure to add in the boxes often used for cover in this area. The colour palette they've chosen also fits nicely with the actual in-game look of the map. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Looks like CS:GO is saying bye-bye to "report botting" CS:GO's new world ranking system will let players take mental health breaks The best sniper games on PC

CS:GO's new world ranking system will let players take mental health breaks

A new world-ranking system for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will let players take more time off. The system, designed by the Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association, takes the emphasis off needing to attend every event in order for pros to hold onto their current fixture, as well as improving the overall environment of top-level play. Reported by our friends The Loadout, the CSPPA World Ranking is designed by the association and over 30 CS:GO player representatives and consultants. The overhauled leaderboard for the multiplayer game is based around three key areas: creating a more sustainable work-life for pros, increased simplicity and transparency, and greater inclusivity and diversity. On that first point, players will now have their ranking protected from absence-related penalties due to mental health issues, injury, or illness. Individual matches won't contribute to their placing either, nor will events that aren't part of the CSPPA World Ranking remit. Rankings are to be decided from tournaments spanning a longer period, too, meaning that a mid-season dip isn't the be all, end all of an otherwise strong run. "I think that rankings need to consider our mental health, and that a protected ranking is a really good change to the scene," Markus 'Kjaerbye' Kjærbye, a member of FaZe Clan's CS:GO team, said. "It's important to protect the teams and not put extra pressure on the person who is injured or having mental health problems." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The best sniper games on PC CS:GO update - the latest changes to the world's best FPS New CS:GO update changes Dust 2's doors, adds special "Boost Player Contrast" filter

CSPPA reveals a new CS:GO world rankings system

The Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association has revealed its own rankings system that looks to rank CS:GO teams in a more transparent way that also promotes its overarching goal to improve playing conditions. The new rankings, which aim to "promote a more sustainable work-life balance" for CS:GO players, aim to reward individual teams' performances over a 36-week rolling period but only award ranking points to a select number of tournaments and will not award any to tournaments hosted during player breaks. Although points are awarded to individual players, with the total points of all five players tallied up for the team's score, the rankings system does not penalise players for missing events through injury, illness, or mental health breaks. "Current rankings systems incentivise players to play as many matches and tournaments as possible," the CSPPA announcement reads. " often fail to afford players and teams reasonable protections in case players are unable to attend matches or tournaments due to health and burnout issues." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO's report botting problem has been fixed again BLAST has reportedly scrapped its controversial partnership with NEOM Who is Shroud? Net worth, earnings, streaming setup, and more

BLAST has reportedly scrapped its controversial partnership with NEOM

Over two weeks after it was originally announced, the partnership between tournament organisers BLAST and controversial Saudi Arabian venture NEOM has reportedly ended. While there is yet to be official confirmation, sources close to HLTV reveal that BLAST has cut ties with the project, which is backed by the Saudi government and looks to build a futuristic mega city in the country. BLAST's deal with NEOM was billed as being its biggest ever when it was announced, and would see it act as a consultant for the mega city's planned esports academy. The Saudi government's questionable track record on human rights and attitudes towards women and LGBTQ people, plus the removal of indigenous people in the area where the city is planned to be built, saw many disappointed with the partnership. Last week, some of CS:GO's most well-known casters and stage hosts increased the pressure on BLAST by refusing to work with them again until the partnership ended. HLTV also reports that many of BLAST's partner CS:GO teams began internally voice concerns as well, and the CEO of arguably its biggest partner, Astralis, went public to condemn the NEOM deal. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO's report botting problem has been fixed again CSPPA reveals a new CS:GO world rankings system Who is Shroud? Net worth, earnings, streaming setup, and more

CS:GO caster Moses joins Team Liquid as head coach

Team Liquid has hired Jason 'Moses' O'Toole as their new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive head coach, in a slightly unusual move which sees him switching the commentary booth for the coach's hot seat. Previously an accomplished player for the likes of Elevate and Denial Esports, Moses has gone on to become one of the most popular casters around, although for now at least, he's hanging up the mic. Team Liquid has form in this area too. Joshua 'Jatt' Leesman, the current head coach of Liquid's League of Legends team, had also previously been a caster before moving into coaching. Moses replaces Eric 'adreN' Hoag, who had been hugely successful in the role, helping the team clinch ESL One Cologne, DreamHack Masters Dallas, and IEM Sydney to name a few. AdreN also coached the team to the Intel Grand Slam victory, which they achieved in a faultless, record breaking four straight tournaments. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CSPPA reveals a new CS:GO world rankings system BLAST has reportedly scrapped its controversial partnership with NEOM Who is Shroud? Net worth, earnings, streaming setup, and more

New CS:GO weapons case adds 17 community designed skins

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's new update released earlier today, bringing with it some gameplay tweaks, updates to several maps, and a boatload of new weapon skins. There are 17 new skins in total, and perhaps the most interesting thing about these weapons is the fact they were all designed by community artists. There's a whole range of weapons and designs available, with MAC-10s, Glocks, Desert Eagles, and the classic AK-47 all getting a makeover. Some of these designs are classic two tone affairs, others have a graffiti overlay, while there's a few with designs inspired by various cultures too. Elsewhere, three maps (Mutiny, Swamp, and Anubis) have also been updated. However, these updates only deal with stability updates, fixing clipping, and tweaks to elements like fade distancing. That means you probably won't immediately notice the map updates, although they'll certainly improve your overall experience. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CSPPA reveals a new CS:GO world rankings system BLAST has reportedly scrapped its controversial partnership with NEOM Who is Shroud? Net worth, earnings, streaming setup, and more

FaZe reportedly replacing CS:GO stand-in Bymas with Kjaerbye

Danish Counter-Strike pro Markus '⁠Kjaerbye⁠' Kjærbye is set to join FaZe Clan, according to reports, with Aurimas 'Bymas'⁠ Pipiras leaving the roster after a trial period. Cybersport Poland and HLTV are reporting that ex-North player Kjaerbye, who has been without a team for over two months since leaving the organisation, will join FaZe ahead of the online ESL One Cologne regional event later this month. This will see FaZe release Lithuanian teenager Bymas, who has been standing in for CS:GO veteran Olof 'Olofmeister⁠' Kajbjer since he announced he was taking time away from competing in May. While those were always big shoes to fill, Bymas has struggled to impress on the star-studded roster. Instead, the more experienced Kjaerbye is now expected to step in, but with FaZe and the player himself yet to confirm the move, it's unclear whether it will still be on a temporary basis in anticipation for an Olofmeister return or a longer stay on the FaZe roster. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: BLAST has reportedly scrapped its controversial partnership with NEOM Who is Shroud? Net worth, earnings, streaming setup, and more CS:GO caster Moses joins Team Liquid as head coach

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets fancy new skins, networking improvements

Valve continue to tweak their classic free to play shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The latest update improves various parts of the game and there's some fancy new weapon skins.

CS:GO pros' mental health to be put under the spotlight in new university study

The Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association has today announced that it's partnering with two UK universities to conduct a study into the mental health of esports pros. The body, which was set up to improve working conditions and industry standards in the competitive CS:GO scene, is looking into the impact competing in esports has on someone's mental health. Alongside the University of Winchester and the University of Chichester, it will create a survey that will, according to a statement, "provide a comprehensive examination of the factors influencing mental health in professional esports players, specifically in CS:GO." The impetus for doing this study is likely a result of a number of high-profile CS:GO players taking periods of leave or stepping away from rosters due to the negative effects of competing, such as stress, burnout, and other mental health issues. Astralis duo Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth and Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander have both taken medical leave this year, and former in-game leader for Team Vitality Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin has also stepped away from competing due to exhaustion and burnout. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO caster Moses joins Team Liquid as head coach New CS:GO weapons case adds 17 community designed skins FaZe reportedly replacing CS:GO stand-in Bymas with Kjaerbye

CS:GO casters are refusing to work with BLAST over NEOM partnership

Tournament organiser BLAST is starting to see more and more prominent figures in the Counter-Strike community speak out against its partnership with Saudi government-backed venture NEOM - and some on-screen talent are now refusing to work with the company until the partnership ends. BLAST's deal with NEOM - a project to build a future-proof, technologically-advanced mega city in Saudi Arabia - has caused uproar as it is funded by the Saudi Crown Prince and his government, who have a chequered history when it comes to human rights violations and treatment of journalists, LGBTQ people, and women. The partnership goes further than just brand exposure too, as BLAST will act as advisers to the NEOM project, who want the city to include an esports academy. While the deal was announced over a week ago now, CS:GO casters and on-screen talent have now come together to take a stance against the deal, and are refusing to work future BLAST events while it is still partnered with NEOM. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO caster Moses joins Team Liquid as head coach New CS:GO weapons case adds 17 community designed skins FaZe reportedly replacing CS:GO stand-in Bymas with Kjaerbye

Pimp officially retires as a CS:GO pro to focus on content creation

Professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Jacob 'Pimp' Winneche has officially announced his retirement from CS:GO via Twitter, revealing that he will be moving into full-time CS:GO content creation rather than competitive play. It's been two years since Pimp last competed, and has been working more as a CS:GO analyst in the past couple of years. He still plans to retain his work on the analytical side of the game, but has now drawn a firm line under his competitive career, moving on for good. Pimp stresses in his statement that the decision had nothing to do with his feelings towards CS:GO, and that in fact he would be able to "dedicate even more time to CS: GO!" Instead, Pimp points to the excess travel of his current role (240 days on the road last year), and says the pandemic had forced him to "reinvent himself," something he'll look to do as he pivots towards content creation and turns his back on the possibility of rejoining the pro scene. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: New CS:GO weapons case adds 17 community designed skins FaZe reportedly replacing CS:GO stand-in Bymas with Kjaerbye CS:GO pros' mental health to be put under the spotlight in new university study

CS:GO on Linux is actually not launching Trusted Mode by default - quick fix

Looks like Valve did a bit of a woopsie. With the recent updates to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive they implemented a new anti-cheat tool with Trusted Mode but it appears at some point they forgot to enable it.

Astralis releases JuGi, signs Bubzkji from MAD Lions

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Astralis has signed yet another Danish player to its roster. Lucas 'Bubzkji' Andersen is the latest Dane to join the organisation on a two-year contract effective immediately. The 21-year-old, who was linked with a move for a while now, joins Astralis from MAD Lions where he made a name for himself in the Flashpoint League. The youngster is now the seventh man to be added to the roster, replacing Jakob 'JuGi' Hansen. "When I heard about Astralis' interest, I already made up my mind: I want to be a part of this team and this organization and this is where I want to play," Bubzkji says in the press release. "I had other options, but after talking to zonic and Kasper about the role I will have, the ambitions of the team, and how they work, I am convinced I can contribute to the team and I can become a better player. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Pimp officially retires as a CS:GO pro to focus on content creation CS:GO legends S1mple and Zeus banned from Twitch for the third time Team Liquid has removed Nitr0 from its CS:GO roster

CS:GO legends S1mple and Zeus banned from Twitch for the third time

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive legends and former Natus Vincere teammates Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev and Danylo 'Zeus' Teslenko have both been banned from Twitch. Although the cause for the bans are unknown, the duo are both on their third bans, meaning they could be at risk of a harsher penalty this time around. S1mple and Zeus, who both received bans previously for using homophobic slurs in Russian, were banned from the platform last night according to Streamer Bans. Although it appears they both still have their partnership status, they might face a longer, more severe punishment from the platform given they are now on their third strike. S1mple wasted no time reacting to the news on Twitter, joking that like Guy 'Dr DisRespect Beahm's recent permanent ban, Twitch had also not told him the specific reasons behind the ban. He goes on to joke that while he's away, viewers can continue to enjoy his "other streams" from scam artists pretending to be him to steal CS:GO skins and accounts from unsuspecting viewers. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Pimp officially retires as a CS:GO pro to focus on content creation Astralis releases JuGi, signs Bubzkji from MAD Lions Team Liquid has removed Nitr0 from its CS:GO roster

Team Liquid has removed Nitr0 from its CS:GO roster

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro Nicholas 'Nitr0' Cannella has been removed from Team Liquid's roster. After five years of playing for the esports team, Nitr0 is stepping aside as TL replaces him with newcomer Michael 'Grim' Wince. Grim comes from playing for Triumph, and it has been confirmed by Rush B Media that he has been bought by the esports giant Team Liquid (via DBLTAP). The 19-year-old has an impressive rating at 1.31 spread over 134 maps for the year and could certainly improve TL's standings when he plays for them at Dreamhack. TL has been struggling with its performance on the CS:GO scene recently, so changes to the team were inevitable. Some, however will be surprised to hear that it is Nitr0 that is being cut from the roster as he is considered a veteran of the team and game, after joining TL back in 2015. He has not commented except a short tweet saying: "Until next time, friends". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Pimp officially retires as a CS:GO pro to focus on content creation Astralis releases JuGi, signs Bubzkji from MAD Lions CS:GO legends S1mple and Zeus banned from Twitch for the third time

Mousesports hold fundraiser for Cyx's family ten years after his death

Ten years ago today, the Counter-Strike world lost an incredible talent in Toni 'Cyx' Daniloski. The talented player was on his way back from Frankfurt Airport after missing a flight to attend IEM Shanghai when he was involved in a fatal car accident. Now, ten years on, mousesports, his old team, have started a fundraiser to help his family to continue to tend to and visit his grave. The esports organisation is hoping to raise €10,000 to "support his mother with the ongoing expenses of honouring his life and legacy" according to the GoFundMe page. The fund, which ESL and a number of other kind souls have donated to, has already reached €2,000. In conjunction with the fundraiser, ESL has also put together

CS:GO update - the latest changes to the world's best FPS

Looking for details on the latest CS:GO update? Whether it's new weapons and maps, or minor tweaks to the game's core arsenal, staying on top of the meta is key to dominating this competitive FPS. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive isn't updated like other esports. While the likes of League of Legends and Rainbow Six Siege spend weeks testing every small change, CS:GO's come out of the blue. While Dota 2 will reinvent itself every three months, CS:GO's changes are so subtle you might not even notice them logging in from day to day. To help facilitate you in noticing this, we are going to track the latest CSGO updates that hit live servers in this post. Each time Valve make significant patches to the game, we will let you know what is worth worrying about, what isn't, and also provide as full a changelog as we are able to. But before we crack on with the latest CS:GO update, we should mention that we'll only be adding new patches as and when they are finally deployed to live servers. Anyway, on with the changelog. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: New CS:GO update changes Dust 2's doors, adds special "Boost Player Contrast" filter The best sniper games on PC Ubisoft is making a movie about boomers playing esports

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