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CS:GO fans can buy tickets for IEM Katowice and Cologne 2023 soon

Have you ever dreamed of watching top-tier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in the Cathedral of Counter-Strike? What about in the historic Spodek Arena? Well, now you can. ESL has announced the dates for both IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne next year - and early tickets can be purchased this week. IEM Katowice will be the first flagship tournament of the ESL Pro Tour will take place from February 10-12, 2023. IEM Cologne will be played August 4-6, 2023, which is after the summer player break, meaning we should have some spicy contests on our hands. These dates mean that both these tournaments, which most CS:GO players will want to mark on their calendars, come two weeks earlier and two weeks later respectively. The Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association has a hand in this, after the player break was moved one month earlier so that the competitive CS:GO season is split into two, more even halves. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Over a million CS:GO players flock to FPS for tenth anniversary CS:GO 10 year coin - how to get the birthday coin CS:GO revives a 1.6 map to celebrate its tenth birthday

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive improves startup time, Steam Deck Steam Input improvement

Valve has put out an update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive that not only makes it startup faster but improves Steam Input handling on Steam Deck too. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2022/09/counter-strike-global-offensive-improves-startup-time-steam-deck-steam-input-improvement

10 years of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The greatest competitive FPS of this generation began its life as a console port. Envisioned as a new era for the iconic franchise, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was meant to bring together the fractured communities of 1.6 and Source, and finally bring Counter-Strike to consoles where the FPS genre was growing rapidly. A full decade old, CS:GO still draws 21 million players a month and sells out massive esports stadiums for major tournaments, although the dream of succeeding on console never did materialise. Few games will ever be able to reach the heights CS:GO has, and its journey isn’t over yet... Read more.

CSGO Kart is CSGO with go-karts

If you come up with a pun name that's good enough, you have to follow through and make it real. I can only assume this is how CSGO Kart came to be. It's a mod for Counter-Strike Global Offensive that lets you play capture the flag as go-karts. The work of Luke Millanta and Dieter Stassen, aka Two Random Dudes, Luke is at pains to point out the karts aren't unarmed. "Think Rocket League but in CSGO... and with actual Rockets", he says... Read more.

Over a million CS:GO players flock to FPS for tenth anniversary

Counter-Strike Global Offensive is ten years old, if you can believe that, and it's clear that it is as popular as it ever was by looking at SteamDB and the game's player count. In the last 24 hours, as the CS:GO birthday celebrations kick off, the game has recorded its highest concurrent player count in over a year - which is only a fraction off the game's all-time peak player count, too. It's clear that the decision from CS:GO to revive a 1.6 map to celebrate was a good one. Looking at the aforementioned database, it can be seen that (at the time of writing) CS:GO has a 24-hour peak concurrent player count of around 1,040,000 - this is just shy of the all-time concurrent player count peak of 1,309,000 recorded in April 2020. If you're wondering where that peak came from, it appears to be a result of the IEM Katowice 2020 esports tournament. As for the current spike in players? It's hard to say, but you have to imagine that the start of the game's tenth anniversary has had a part to play. Interestingly, SteamDB also reveals that, following a spike in Twitch viewership for CS:GO on July 7, it's seen a steady decline while the player count rises. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO 10 year coin - how to get the birthday coin CS:GO revives a 1.6 map to celebrate its tenth birthday Stewie2k latest CS:GO pro to set sights on Valorant

CS:GO 10 year coin - how to get the birthday coin

Valve's FPS has been around for 10 years. Yes, Counter-Strike Global Offensive is really that old and we can't quite believe it either. But, with CS:GO hitting that milestone, Valve is celebrating by offering some unique rewards and items. One of those is a unique coin, which acts as a piece of memorabilia. But, how do you get the CS:GO 10 year coin? Well, due to CS:GO's anniversary celebrations being held for just one week, you won't have to put in too much time to grab the special item and add it to your collection. The coin doesn't do anything particularly special, but it is a great way to always remember that you were playing when the game celebrated this huge milestone. Read on for the guide on how to get the CS:GO 10 year coin. But, be sure to grab it before it disappears! Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Over a million CS:GO players flock to FPS for tenth anniversary CS:GO revives a 1.6 map to celebrate its tenth birthday Stewie2k latest CS:GO pro to set sights on Valorant

CS:GO revives a 1.6 map to celebrate its tenth birthday

We know it's hard to believe, but Counter-Strike Global Offensive - CS:GO - is ten! It felt like only yesterday that fans were jumping from the original Counter-Strike game to this shiny new sequel and now it's a decade old. Alright, well... Maybe not quite yesterday, but we're still surprised that one of the best competitive FPS games out there is that old. You know what else is surprising? To celebrate this milestone, Valve is updating the CS:GO map pool and finally, officially, adding Tuscan to the shooter. Wishing CS:GO a happy birthday, the development team shared a blog post detailing what fans can expect to see in-game to celebrate and - despite a flashy Sticker Capsule - the revelation that Tuscan would be joining the CS:GO map pool alongside locales like Anubis and Prime stands out. "You've been patient, and it's finally here", the blog post announces. "Tuscan is available in all game modes, so jump this classic map and put it through its paces!" Tuscan is one of the original Counter-Strike maps known for its' intimate close-quarters combat made up of narrow alleyways and open courtyards set on the Italian coast. Sounds nice, right? Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Over a million CS:GO players flock to FPS for tenth anniversary CS:GO 10 year coin - how to get the birthday coin Stewie2k latest CS:GO pro to set sights on Valorant

Happy Birthday CS:GO!

It's CS:GO's 10th birthday, and we're celebrating with stickers, maps, and cupcakes! Happy Birthday CS:GO! 10 Year Birthday Sticker Capsule The community pulled together for the 10th anniversary sticker competition, and the results speak for themselves--the 10 Year Birthday Sticker Capsule contains over 60 community submitted designs, including an all new animated 'Lenticular' quality. Congratulations to the winners! Maps You've been patient, and it's finally here. Tuscan is available in all game modes, so jump in to this classic map and put it through its paces! Happy Birthday CS:GO! And that's not all: we've brought back Anubis and Breach to competitive matchmaking, and added Primetime and Blagai to Wingman! Cake! It wouldn't be a birthday without some cake... specifically, a cupcake topped with a birthday coin! For the next week (until Monday, August 22nd), CS:GO players with Prime status can grab their birthday coin by earning enough XP for their first in-game drop of the week. Ten years. It's a big number, yet CS:GO is stronger than ever. Over the past 12 months alone, we've seen more players than ever before (averaging over 20 million monthly unique players), record viewership for Majors (2.7m concurrent viewers), and massive community support with over $70 million raised for professional organizations, teams, and players. The future could not look brighter. Happy Birthday, CS:GO.

Stewie2k latest CS:GO pro to set sights on Valorant

Evil Geniuses' Jake 'Stewie2k' Yip has been the talk of the town following his recent announcement that he was ending his time as a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pro player to pursue streaming with the aforementioned esports organisation. While that might lead you to believe that the 24-year old was finished with competitive gaming altogether, you'd be wrong. During a Twitch stream on August 11, just over two weeks after his retirement, Stewie2k revealed his ambitious plans to compete professionally at the top level of Valorant esports, even adding that he wouldn't be put off if there wasn't any initial interest from teams. "Every day I'll be on stream. I'll be grinding ranked, I'll be trying to get into scrims", Stewie2k revealed defiantly. "LCQ happens, Champions will happen, off-season comes, franchising comes... Even if I miss franchising, I'm down to keep streaming - watch and be the student of the game - and then get picked up." Following on from this, Stewie2k added a hopeful "we'll see how it pans out" in regards to his upcoming attempts to get into a Valorant esports team in time for the start of 2023's partnered, region-based league - a system akin to Riot Games' League of Legends LEC and LCS competitions. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The solution to CS:GO's problems is s1mple, he says CS:GO update will strip players of their rank, at least temporarily CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

The solution to CS:GO's problems is s1mple, he says

We know it's all too easy to blame the game itself when something isn't quite going your way, but if you're struggling to win in Counter-Strike Global Offensive, you might find that it actually is the game that's part of the reason behind that. Valve doesn't update CSGO all too often and when it does the community always finds out there's more than one major issue unresolved. Of course, it's hard to fix a game with so many moving parts, but it looks like pro player Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev has had enough of waiting around to see his beloved shooter fixed. S1mple has put the developers on blast with claims that he could fix CSGO with a "few millions". Following a CSGO update that temporarily stripped players of their ranks in-game, S1mple took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the current state of the game - and it's safe to say that he is less than happy with how things are going. To summarise, s1mple has stated that with a "few millions", he would be able to improve Valve's shooter, "not only professionally, but also for players who rarely log in and want to enjoy the game". In his social media post on the matter, he reiterated that he was "not kidding" - adding that he would be able to improve player numbers at the very least. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Stewie2k latest CS:GO pro to set sights on Valorant CS:GO update will strip players of their rank, at least temporarily CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

CS:GO update will strip players of their rank, at least temporarily

If you've not been keeping a close eye on the Counter Strike: Global Offensive blog, then you might be confused as to the whereabouts of your in-game rank. In the latest update, the CS:GO ranks have just been recalibrated and while it might look like Valve has just reset everyone's skill group, don't panic, because that's not the case. The CS:GO ranks recalibration update has just come after what appears to be the biggest ban wave in the game's history, with Valve attempting to make the competitive FPS game that little bit more competitive again. "Typically when we ship changes to CS:GO's ranking system, the adjustments are small enough that we don't include them in our patch notes," Valve says in the blog. "However, today's update affects all CS:GO players so it requires some explanation." Now, all players looking to get back on the competitive grind in any of the game's core modes (Competitive, Wingman, and Danger Zone) will need to play and win one game to recalibrate their ranks. Once the win has been registered, your MMR will be calculated and you'll be placed back into one of the many skill groups in the game. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? How to get CS:GO Prime for free CS:GO ranks: the ranking system explained

Counter-Strike on Nintendo DS slaps

Fewnity is a French coder with a penchant for Nintendo DS projects, who over time has been building more and more ambitious projects. Always how it goes: you start off making Flappy Bird, and before you know it end up with an online version of Counter-Strike running on the hardware... Read more.

Counter-Strike's famous Door Stuck video has been hijacked by copyright fraud

One of the most famous Counter-Strike videos of all time has been hit with the inevitable bogeyman of YouTube: Somebody's copyright claimed it that doesn't own it. The 35-second video has been a perennial joke in the CS scene since it was uploaded in 2007, and even has a spray in CS:GO dedicated to it... Read more.

New CS:GO update adds Mutiny and Swamp to map rotation

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has gotten a quick update on July 23, and some fun changes have been made to Valve's massive FPS. Most of the update is focussed around the default launch of Trusted Mode, which previously didn't work out well, and some gameplay fixes but players will also experience a new map rotation. Mutiny and Swamp are moving into official matchmaking for Casual, Deathmatch and Scrimmage modes and Chlorine and Jungle are being removed, freshening up the maps you'll be battling on. In gameplay changes, grenades are finally getting a fix. They will now do the right amount of damage to teammates if the player that threw it has disconnected from the game or has switched teams. Decoy grenades are also being reworked to not damage your teammates by default, which will surely prevent some awkward situations. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? How to get CS:GO Prime for free CS:GO ranks: the ranking system explained

How to get CS:GO Prime for free

How do you get CS:GO Prime for free? That's the question on the lips of most new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players right now, especially since Prime is the one thing that'll allow you to dive right into the CS:GO ranks grind and allow you to display a rank in-game. CS:GO Prime was added as a way of maintaining competitive integrity in online games, while providing casual players with a free way of enjoying one of the best competitive FPS games on the market. However, recent changes to the system - including to one very specific clause - keep catching players out to this day. So if you're here trying to work out whether you can get CS:GO Prime for free so you can go on to earn a rank and play competitive matches with your friends, then read on - we have all the answers for you in this handy guide. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? CS:GO ranks: the ranking system explained CS:GO knife commands: how to try any knife for free

This Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map defies what should be possible in Source

I am not a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player. Despite this, I keep a close eye on the scene entirely due to the way it's kept Source mapping alive well into the 2020s, pushing the boundaries of the engine that powered Half-Life 2—and a toolset I'm intimately familiar with... Read more.

A New Cassssssse

A New Cassssssse Today we are excited to ship the Recoil Case, featuring 17 weapon finishes from community artists and including the Broken Fang Case Gloves as rare special items! The Recoil Case is dropping in-game now!

Valve continues tweaking Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for Steam Deck

Valve has released a fresh update to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and they continue focusing on Steam Input improvements, to make playing it with a controller and the Steam Deck a better experience. Read the full article here: https://www.gamingonlinux.com/2022/06/valve-continues-tweaking-counter-strike-global-offensive-for-steam-deck

CS:GO fans want to change the meta by making the M4A1-S pricier

Ever since the launch of Operation Riptide, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans have been calling on Valve to nerf the M4A1-S, arguably one of the best guns in the game. Last week, the development team did just that, reducing the gun's mag size from 25 rounds to 20. However, some fans think the nerf hasn't gone far enough. And that's because, despite reducing the gun's mag capacity, it's not really changed the meta all too much. The assault rifle is still devastating in the right hands. Sure, you've got less bullets to play around with, but for top level players in the CS:GO ranks and on the world stage, this nerf has done very little to shake things up. To counter that fact, many are now calling for the gun to be reduced in price. "Change the price of the M4A1-S and the M4A4," Jacob 'pimp' Winneche tweets. "The better weapon is still the cheapest option, hence why the vast majority won't switch. I love CS:GO is addressing it, and I'm sure since they've taken an interest will gather feedback and adjust accordingly." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO Source 2 update arriving in August, suggests TheWarOwl New CS:GO update nerfs the M4A1-S and shakes up Ancient CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

CS:GO Source 2 update arriving in August, suggests TheWarOwl

24/6/2022 TheWarOwl has since said on a recent stream that he was joking. FPS fans will know that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's 10-year anniversary is right around the corner on August 21, but so far all players have had to commemorate the event is the CSGO10 sticker event in-game. However, it appears that Valve might have a little surprise in store for the anniversary that will make the game look a whole lot prettier if rumours and a leak prove true. CS:GO has infamously run on the original Source's code since its 2012 release, but rumours and speculation have only increased as the 10th anniversary draws closer. Now, CS:GO YouTuber and streamer 'TheWarOwl' seems to have slipped up mid-stream and leaked that the competitive shooter is being ported to Source 2. "I'm honestly waiting for the Source update in August," TheWarOwl says in the video clip. "Oh, I shouldn't have said that." He could be dead-pan joking of course, but it should be noted that TheWarOwl was a software developer long before his YouTube career talking about CS:GO kicked off, so it would make sense if he knew what was going on behind the scenes. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO fans want to change the meta by making the M4A1-S pricier New CS:GO update nerfs the M4A1-S and shakes up Ancient CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?

New CS:GO update nerfs the M4A1-S and shakes up Ancient

A new Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update has landed, and it includes some significant tweaks to the FPS game's maps and a nerf to one of the game's best guns. The June 15 CS:GO update released by Valve is far from the biggest we've ever seen, but for some players it'll have a significant impact. Heading up the CS:GO patch notes for this update is a nerf to the M4A1-S. The assault rifle will see its magazine size shrink from 25 to 20 bullets, reverting an ammo capacity buff the weapon received a few years ago. This nerf is necessary because the M4A1-S has been rather strong over the last few months, thanks to a damage buff it received last year at the start of Operation Riptide. While the weapon's desirable damage output remains, there is now the drawback of having fewer bullets at your disposal, which might put some players off. Those who are accurate and economical with their shooting, however, will probably still find the gun viable. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? The best competitive FPS games in 2022 Karrigan becomes the oldest CS:GO Major winner with PGL Antwerp win

Counter-Strike's first Brazilian major sells out instantly, pros and fans demand venue change

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and ESL announced earlier this week that the game will have its first-ever Brazilian major tournament later this year. All good! Tickets went on-sale yesterday for the event, which is due to take place in Rio de Janeiro's Jeunesse Arena (capacity: 15,430), and sold out within an hour. Not so good... Read more.

Counter-Strike's first-ever Brazilian major happens this November

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and ESL have announced that the game will have its first-ever Brazilian major tournament later this year, which will also be the first to be held in South America as a whole. This one was on the cards: an ESL One major was going to happen in Rio de Janeiro in 2020, but then the coronavirus pandemic got in the way... Read more.

PGL Antwerp 2022 Champions!

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

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

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

Valve fixes m0NESY smoke bug during PGL Antwerp 2022

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

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

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

The most expensive CS:GO skins

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

On to the Legends Stage

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

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

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

Three CS:GO Antwerp Major coaches provisionally suspended by ESIC

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

The cheapest CS:GO knives

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

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

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

s1mple settings, crosshair, and config for CS:GO

Oleksandr 's1mple' Kostyliev is one of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players to ever play the game. With a Major and an Intel Grand Slam title, dozens of tournament wins, and a legendary graffiti to his name, many keep tabs on s1mple's settings as a way of refining their in-game experience. But what is it about the Natus Vincere's superstar that makes him so special? While his raw talent certainly helps him stand out from the crowd, the way in which he sets his game up is also hugely important. Every one of the s1mple settings, from his crosshair to his config is set up in a way to maximise his success on the server. And now, you too can set your game up like that. We can't promise you'll turn into a Major-winning AWPer overnight, but it doesn't hurt to try. Here's everything you need to know about s1mple's settings, including how to change them. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? How to get CS:GO Prime for free CS:GO ranks: the ranking system explained

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

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

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

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

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

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

CS:GO cases: every case available in the game

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

Chickens are opening CS:GO cases now

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

CSGO ranks guide: how to get player and team rankings

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

Introducing the CSGO10 sticker contest

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

This CS:GO Wordle spinoff makes you guess gun skins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Major esports host ESL Gaming is now owned by Saudi Arabia

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

The Dreams & Nightmares Case

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

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

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

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

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

CS:GO jump throw bind: how to set one up

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

How to surf in CS:GO

Trying to work out how to surf in CS:GO? Well, you're not alone. For years now, Surf has been one of the most popular custom modes in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and that's because players have the opportunity to ride the waves of triangular ramps in a 'floor is lava'-style scenario. The trouble with CS:GO surf gameplay is that it can look like the easiest thing in the world when done right, but in reality it is far from that. Professional surfers float through the mode's most complicated and convoluted maps with ease, knowing every turn to make and calculating the exact speed they need to make each gap. On the flip side, inexperienced players can often find themselves over-compensating a sharp turn or pressing the wrong keys, resulting in a loss of speed and a fast route back to the beginning. There are two main CS:GO surf game modes. The most popular is Skill Surf, where you race to get the fastest time to complete a course. There is also Combat Surf, where players fight each other whilst surfing. The key to succeeding in CS:GO surf modes is practice, and with some key tips and tricks you will be on your way to becoming a surfing master in no time. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? How to get CS:GO Prime for free CS:GO ranks: the ranking system explained

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

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

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

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

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