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Cleaning Out the Cobwebs

Operation Shattered Web wraps up today. Thanks to all of the CS:GO players who participated–over the span of the operation, you completed over 136 million missions! The operation may be over, but there’s more to see in today’s update. Cleaning Out the Cobwebs Today we are adding two community created maps to our official matchmaking pool in Scrimmage and Casual game modes. Check out Anubis and Chlorine, two of the top finalists in Mapcore's 2019 Exotic Places map contest. Cleaning Out the Cobwebs Also today we are adding a new case, the Prisma 2 Collection! Lightly based on Anime/Manga themes, the collection features 17 community created weapon finishes, as well as the chance to receive a Horizon Collection knife in one of the Chroma finishes.

Grand Finale

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/e5bb0764ed58f4f5c22033ce46eb4e23f5473b00.png We're in the final weeks of Operation Shattered Web, and players have until March 30th to play missions, earn progress, and redeem Operation rewards. Today the final mission card goes live which means we'll start issuing Diamond Operation Coins to users who have completed 100 missions. This week's card, "It's Time To Take Out The Trash", includes a second co-op Strike mission tasking players with finding and eliminating Franz Kriegeld. Don't let him escape!

Patch Notes

Today’s update includes a revamped buy menu, a simple way to customize (and share) your crosshair, and an all new way to personalize your favorite agents! Introducing Patches {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/06b5ace2edb28884c4f0e891b6319ca78ec9e3bb.jpg Looking for a way to personalize your agent? Patches featuring a variety of classic designs can now be applied to specific locations on each character model, and you can apply more than one for each agent. You can find patches in the CS:GO Patch Pack, available now. Choose Your Own Crosshair {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/1fe3e4057655be8f7b26d844f036a9929aa47d85.jpg Customizing your crosshair has never been easier. Head over to the settings menu, where you’ll find a variety of crosshair settings that can be tuned to your personal taste. You can share your crosshair code with others or import a code to try someone else’s. Full Buy {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/41ac86edc7d6c0614d4396979ef9b97b7b56ed28.jpg Today’s update also includes a visual rework of the buy menu, featuring an interactive preview of your character holding weapons and equipment. Along with some slight rearranging, now you can preview the equipment you can afford with illuminated icons in the buy wheel. New operation missions – Light Buy {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/2dc5b5d0a9a979c1a890b8ef84508e6d5ac62380.png Maximize your earnings. Play new Shattered Web Operation missions beginning Tuesday at 2:00 pm PT.

From Russia With Love

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/59b3a163092f88d5f35765087e865752d60606b9.png Grab an AK and queue for Cache and Train in Casual, Competitive, Wingman, and Guardian game modes.

Pump up the Volume

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/72b7e0f1fac24479a7bd8cf67e1045fe3cf6b882.png Subtlety is not required when using the overpowered weapons in this week's missions. It is ok to make a little noise, go big, be bold, and have fun!

Maximum Impact

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/d5f818823cce87b788573d3024ddf8e796bbbce8.png Show off your specialized skills while completing this week's varied set of missions!

A Dry Heat

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/17dd9e1cb14c77dfe77b496ce4fe035b40ef0ac7.png This week's missions move the operation to areas which feature CS:GO's arid climates. Play Casual, Guardian, Wingman, and Deathmatch game modes on Dust II, Mirage, Shortdust and others. Stay hydrated.

Raw Athleticism

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/9ad76c10222ae4796e6cb939ab43b12a9859e1eb.png The Shattered Web missions for week 10 are now ready to play! Get 15 default pistol kills in Deathmatch, 20 M4A1-S kills in Gaurdian: Canals, 5 kills with the enemy's rifle in Casual: Dust II, 3 knife kills in Arms Race, deal 100 utility damage in Competitive, and earn 5 aces in Wingman. Easy Peasy.

Just Having a Good Day

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/d82733d92487f0764ea2e00e60429d4b2ddc3613.png Repeat this soothing consolation should you run into any trouble completing this week's set of challenging missions.

Italian Job

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/e50cec899af46458b1c3ec6bf60a9815d44a6b8f.png The itinerary for this Italian adventure features tours of five iconic locales in Casual, Competitive, Guardian, Wingman, and Deathmatch game modes.

The biggest Counter-Strike moments of the last decade

The decade in Counter-Strike truly began on August 21, 2012, but the seven years since made up for its late start. In the 2010s Counter-Strike grew to become one of the largest esports in the world and arguably Valve's flagship game, depending on how you feel about Dota 2. And though its future is uncertain, Counter-Strike is in a far better place now than it was 10 years ago. Let’s look back on the evolution of Counter-Strike by examining the biggest moments in the series of the past decade. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive launches It's easy to forget that in 2010, Counter-Strike was in a tough spot. The community was split between the Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike: Source for years, and Valve had given neither game the level of attention and updates we now expect from competitive games. By 2011, Valve announced a sequel, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. CS:GO aimed to unite both 1.6 and Source players, but interestingly, one of the initial goals of the project was also to bring the series to the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 before a new generation of hardware appeared.  Longtime fans of the series didn't immediately switch over at launch, however, thanks to bugs and mechanical changes (for example, absence of flinch animations). For a time, CS' population was almost evenly split between three games, something I don't think we've ever seen in a competitive franchise. Fortunately, thanks to a number of quick updates in the early months of the game (and the addition of an item economy one year later), CS:GO began to stand on its own and unite Counter-Strike players new and old. Ninjas in Pyjamas domination  87 wins. Zero losses. That is the longest match winning streak on LAN in CS:GO history. And it is held by the game’s very first superteam: Ninjas in Pyjamas. When CS:GO launched, the Swedish organization brought together many of the stars of both 1.6 and Source and formed a squad that was unmatched. Even when their match streak was broken in 2013, NiP continued to win tournaments throughout the remainder of the year and into 2014. This culminated in a Major championship at ESL One: Cologne 2014 , the team’s only Major victory in five Grand Finals appearances. Their success helped raise the standard of play and the profile of CS:GO. All things must end, however, and NiP began to decline later that year. But in its period of dominance, the team spurred fellow CS:GO players and teams to greater competitive heights. Valve adds a new gun, experiences instant regret  Over the development of its most successful multiplayer shooter before CS:GO, Team Fortress 2, Valve had figured out a playbook for keeping the game interesting: make guns and items that subverts players' expectations, pulling the rug out from under them. On December 8, 2015, did exactly that when it introduced the R8 Revolver to CS:GO, but the effect it had was instantly harmful. What made the R8, dubbed the Revolvo by the community, so notorious was its unparalleled power-per-dollar. It could kill unarmored and armored targets alike with a close range body shot, was more accurate at a longer range than an AK-47, and could be fired while defusing a bomb. All of this in a sidearm, meaning it could be carried alongside an AWP. When the update was introduced, matches quickly devolved into 5v5 shootouts where everyone used the R8. In what is one of the fastest response times from Valve in its history, nearly every aspect of the R8 was nerfed within three days after it was originally introduced. It instantly fell out of use, and it’s rarely seen nowadays. But for a brief time, the Revolvo was king.  The rise of skins (and skin gambling) While CS:GO was popular, the addition of weapon skins made it skyrocket to the top of the Steam charts. With their introduction in August 2013, a virtual economy formed that saw players trading the skins they had acquired, be it from weapon cases, watching competitive games, or random in-game drops. But as the skin economy grew, the economy behind it began to move outside of the more regulated confines of the Steam Marketplace. Websites that used Steam’s API created skin gambling, where players on competitive matches by using their skins as currency. Scandals quickly followed; players were banned for match fixing using skins , lawsuits were filed over underage gambling , and governments opened investigations into how Valve handled the practice . In a way, the controversies over skin gambling parallel the loot box scandals that would come in 2017. While Valve has done much to combat it, skin gambling remains active to this day. An American team finally wins a Major The most important tournaments in CS:GO are the Majors, which feature the biggest prize pools and the best teams. And while every Major has compelling storylines, the ELEAGUE Major: Boston 2018 stands a cut above the rest thanks to the David vs. Goliath saga of Cloud9. With most of this era dominated by Europe, the American team was an underdog heading into the 2018 tournament. Cloud9 had never finished in the Top 8 at a Major, and recent performances left a lot to be desired. Against all odds, Cloud9 surpassed several of the best teams in the world and found itself squaring off against the superstars of FaZe Clan in the Grand Finals. Ultimately, Cloud9 upset FaZe in a double-overtime final map to win the Boston Major. It was the first time an American team won a Major—on home soil, no less. Though the roster broke up before the players could defend their title, Cloud9’s win in Boston stands as one of the greatest moments in CS:GO. CS:GO goes free-to-play CS:GO’s structure forever changed in December 2018 when Valve made it free-to-play after six years and added a new battle royale mode called Danger Zone. Considering both moves came at a time when the battle royale genre had taken the video game industry by storm, it was clear that both decisions were made to shore up CS:GO’s playerbase. One day after the change was made, over 14,000 negative Steam reviews hit its store page decrying the move to free-to-play, citing the lack of reward for players who paid for the game and the changes to matchmaking as two prime factors. Despite player unhappiness, the days immediately following the transition saw CS:GO reach its highest player count in nearly two years. 

Hot Shot

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/12ee6758465917cf531e11abfbc732d364d4f348.png The missions unlocking this week test your aim and ability. Play in Guardian, Danger Zone, Casual, Competitive and Death Match to earn your operation stars.

Field Trip

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/4b4e5518ae29d6c809eaec1beff0f86186e5bf57.png Leave the gear behind, we are going on a windy walk here. This week's missions reward those with a sense of adventure and an appreciation for the finer things. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/ac6cb740f79207d2f80203d9ce1cfabb79631732.png Yesterday, we released a new music kit featuring Scarlxrd. With heavy trap beats and unique delivery, 'King, Scar' brings a new and exciting musical subgenre. If you haven't already, grab a kit, gxxd luck and have fun!

Sniper's Den

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/b7ae7cadb15fff7b3063a74bfb4e5bde4680e056.png Hold an angle and keep your opponents locked down; the missions in week 4 of Operation Shattered Web feature a number of sniper-based scenarios built to test your mettle. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/e56e081f9f8d214651b2314971e95c41bd5b4d9a.jpg Happy Holidays! It is that magical time of year once again, the Ts have wrapped up their special package, the chickens put on their holiday sweaters, and you can toss a few snowballs at your friends.

A Day at the Office

{STEAM_CLAN_LOC_IMAGE}/3381077/a2d9d274394f3e924827c0eae2db9155e1ffbc3b.png No reports will be filed, collated, copied or stapled this week. Six more Shattered Web missions unlock today and the office is definitely getting wrecked.

New Shattered Web Missions Unlocked

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/72d491220202e13d701c16c0ac1dd18054007d6e.png This week's collection of missions, Secret Agent Man, unlocks today! Grab your MP5-SD and quietly make your mark on Nuke. Earn more stars in a variety of game modes to advance your Shattered Web Operation Coin and reap the rewards!

Operation Shattered Web

Introducing Operation Shattered Web. For the first time in CS:GO, bring your favorite character into battle with all-new equippable agents. Earn rewards featuring the new agents, all-new weapon collections, stickers, graffiti, and more through a new battle pass format. Complete weekly Operation Missions in various game modes including Co-op Guardian and a new Co-op Strike Mission! See the rewards and learn more at the Operation Shattered Web page. Purchase the Operation Pass and start earning rewards today! Complete missions to earn stars and unlock up to 41 separate rewards. Haven't purchased a pass? All users can still play missions, participate in all game modes, and purchase a pass at any time to receive all rewards associated with your progress. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/d81306d2d9581df32202e9dcc2c8451797af091a.png Operation Rewards Characters For the first time in CS:GO, unlock all-new T and CT-sided characters equippable on any map. All-new CT Operators and T Agents are available as mission progress rewards. Complete missions and earn Stars to unlock them and equip them for deployment. Or equip the default Local Agent or Operator to use the pre-existing map-based characters. New Collections Earn rewards from the all-new Norse, St. Marc, Canals, and Shattered Web weapon collections. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/3ffc2128a483c8421020e052cbb646312522b8ea.png Shattered Web Knives Introducing four new knives in original finishes. Open a Shattered Web Case for a chance at one of four new knives, the Paracord handled field knife, the Survival, the Nomad, and the Skeleton knife. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/17d01b484bde64b5f848eb95172a6e79e036dc5e.png Shattered Web Sticker Collection Collect all-new Shattered Web stickers, featuring designs by daniDem, available only as rewards during Operation Shattered Web. {STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/1b3247fc87d38d7e98d02102d6e3c5bddca27059.png Missions Receive new missions each week. Complete missions to earn stars, unlock rewards, bonus XP and Operation Coin upgrades. Learn more at the Operation Shattered Web page. https://store.steampowered.com/app/730

Esports pros face same stress levels as football and rugby stars, new study states

Stress levels faced by top-level esports players are equal to those experienced by professional athletes. That's according to a new study from the University of Chichester, which looked at the psychological impact of major esports contests on those taking part. The study, titled Identifying Stressors and Coping Strategies of Elite Esports Competitors, will be published in the International Journal of Gaming and Computer-Mediated Simulations. Read more

Counter-Strike has characters now

For 20 years, Counter-Strike players have worn generic character skins into their minutes-long matches. In-game terrorist factions like the "Phoenix Connexion" or "Elite Crew" have fought spec-ops groups like GSG-9 and the SAS. Through the immeasurable repetition of CS, these drab default outfits embedded themselves in the identity of the game. With Operation Shattered Web, that's changing. "For the first time in CS:GO, unlock all-new T and CT-sided characters equippable on any map," writes Valve on a microsite announcing the update. "All-new CT Operators and T Agents are available as mission progress rewards. Complete missions and earn Stars to unlock them and equip them for deployment. Or equip the default Local Agent or Operator to use the pre-existing map-based characters." The new characters are unlockable, equippable skins, essentially. There are 22 of them, and Valve uses rarity-like descriptors like "Superior Agent" and "Exceptional Agent" to distinguish them. The highest tier are "Master Agents," like Lt. Commander Ricksaw or Special Agent Ava of the FBI. These four characters come with special voice lines and animations (presumably third-person, end-of-match celebrations, not first-person animations).  Shattered Web, CS:GO's first operation in two years, is $15. That's a bump from the $6 that operations like Hydra (2017) and Wildfire (2016) were priced at. These earlier operations mostly introduced new maps and modes to CS:GO, which Shattered Web also includes: Studio, Lunacy, and Jungle, each available in different modes of play. A package of new skins, stickers, and cosmetic graffiti are also available.

Workshop Update: Mac-10

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/d51fb263e01741a378f4d361e0ba107d3004d349.png The Mac-10 had some quality of life improvements made to the UV and cavity maps in the recent game update. These changes were made to correct the inconsistent wear patterns, fix factory new finishes with noticeable wear, and to make the projected texture easier to work with. These updates are now reflected in the Workshop Resources. If you have a Custom Paint Job, Gunsmith, or Patina Mac-10 finish posted to your workshop, we recommend that you update these finishes using the new resources. We also welcome contributors that have already had their Mac-10 submissions included in the game to update the submission if they notice any discrepancies after this update.

CS:GO container keys can no longer be resold because they were being used for money laundering

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive container keys, which are purchased with real money and used to unlock the game's equivalent of loot boxes, can no longer be resold. In other words, the keys will not be able to leave the purchasing account, thus making it impossible to sell them on the Steam Community Market. The reason? Valve has learned that they're being used to launder money. "In the past, most key trades we observed were between legitimate customers," the company wrote on the Counter-Strike website.  "However, worldwide fraud networks have recently shifted to using CS:GO keys to liquidate their gains. At this point, nearly all key purchases that end up being traded or sold on the marketplace are believed to be fraud-sourced. As a result we have decided that newly purchased keys will not be tradeable or marketable." The statement adds that while some (but clearly not many) legitimate users may be affected, "combating fraud is something we continue to prioritize across Steam and our products". Valve also notes in its statement that "pre-existing CS:GO container keys are unaffected–those keys can still be sold on the Steam Community Market and traded." It's a big deal to have Valve directly acknowledge that keys are being used for money laundering, and of course, it's not the first time CS:GO's reward systems have been used in shady ways. CS:GO skin gambling came under the spotlight in 2016 when two prominent YouTubers were found to be heavily promoting without disclosure their own skin lottery website. Valve gave chase, issuing more than 20 cease-and-desist orders against similar sites, but that didn't stop the Washington State Gambling Commission from getting involved. In response to looming regulation in France, last month a CS:GO update introduced a new X-ray Scanner for that country, which basically allows users to check the content of containers before they're unlocked. 

20,000 toxic CS:GO players banned in six weeks by FACEIT and Google's new chat AI

A new AI built to combat toxicity in online gaming has banned 20,000 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players within its first six weeks, solely by analyzing messages in the game's text chat. The AI is called Minerva, and it's built by a team at online gaming platform FACEIT—which organised 2018's CS:GO London Major—in collaboration with Google Cloud and Jigsaw, a Google tech incubator. Minerva started examining CS:GO chat messages in late August, and in the first month-and-a-half marked 7,000,000 messages as toxic, issued 90,000 warnings, and banned 20,000 players.  The AI, trained through machine learning, first issued a warning for verbal abuse if it perceived a toxic message, while also flagging spam messages. Within a few seconds of a match finishing, Minerva sent notifications of either a warning or a ban to the offending player, and punishments grew harsher for repeat offenders. The number of toxic messages reduced from by 20% between August and September while the AI was in use, and the number of unique players sending toxic messages dropped by 8%.  The trial started after "months" of eliminating false positives, and it's only the first step in rolling out Minerva to online games. "In-game chat detection is only the first and most simplistic of the applications of Minerva and more of a case study that serves as a first step toward our vision for this AI," FACEIT said in a blog post. "We’re really excited about this foundation as it represents a strong base that will allow us to improve Minerva until we finally detect and address all kinds of abusive behaviors in real-time." "In the coming weeks we will announce new systems that will support Minerva in her training." Thanks, PCGamesN.

Counter-Strike and Overwatch esports teams under investigation by Australian police

Earlier this year, the first major investigation into corruption in Australian esports revealed allegations of professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players rigging matches. Last month, Kotaku Australia reported six Australians had been arrested in connection with the investigation, but were later released "pending further inquiries". Now, an ABC News report has revealed an Australian Overwatch Contenders team has found itself under fire also. Read more

CS20 Submission Deadline Extended

{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/2a5730d07afb554db3469647374b2db0684ee9db.png The response to the CS20 event has been phenomenal! Although we're excited to sort through all of the great content that has been submitted, we realize some of you might still be putting the finishing touches on your submissions. So we're extending the deadline for submissions to October 7th. There won't be any more extensions, so make sure all of your content and changes are submitted by this date to be eligible for the event weapon case or sticker capsule. GLHF!

Watch the Berlin Major Championship

The final eight teams are ready for the Champions stage of the StarLadder Berlin Major at the Mercedes-Benz Arena! After a hotly contested Legends stage, ENCE and NRG finished 3-0, Vitality, Astralis, and AVANGAR finished at 3-1 while Na’Vi, Liquid, and Renegades made the cut with a 3-2 record. Watch live coverage beginning Thursday 6:00 pm (GMT+2) on Steam.tv, on the official Twitch stream, and in-game on GOTV to see which team will become the next CS:GO Major Champions.

Six CS:GO players arrested for alleged match-fixing in Australia

Australian police have arrested six Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players during an investigation into suspicious betting activity in an esports league. It's alleged that the six men, all between 19 and 22 years old, arranged to lose matches in advance and then placed bets on those matches.  At least five matches were affected during an unnamed CS:GO tournament, and more than 20 bets were placed on those matches by Australian punters. The six men, four from Melbourne suburbs and two from Mount Eliza, Victoria, face up to ten years in prison. They have been released pending further inquiries.  The investigation began in March after a tip-off from a betting company, and detectives continue to work with a number of betting companies, including Sportsbet, in relation to the case. Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said: "Esports is really an emerging sporting industry and with that will come the demand for betting availability on the outcomes of tournaments and matches. "These warrants also highlight that police will take any reports of suspicious or criminal activity within esports seriously, and we encourage anyone with information to come forward." Thanks, Kotaku.

Valve talks Steam China, curation and exclusivity

Valve, alongside its business partner in China, Perfect World, has given us an update on the progress of Steam China today, after both companies had been silent on the topic for over a year. Eurogamer attended the brief presentation, given by Perfect World CEO Dr. Robert H. Xiao in Shanghai, where a small number of local and international press were told the companies were "one more step closer" to launching Steam China, which will be separate from the international version of Steam. A handful of launch games were revealed, including Dota 2 and Dota Underlords. There were no actual launch dates or broader windows mentioned for Steam China itself, mind, nor a look at how that storefront may shape up or any details on its features, barring the fact it'll support VR, multiplayer games, interesting games with "innovative, creative ideas," and "single-player games with abundant storylines". As far as we could tell, none of the non-Chinese launch games had official approval just yet, either. In Xiao's words, "the Steam China project is undergoing solidly and smoothly" - but what is it, exactly? As it stands, Steam is actually widely available for Chinese players already. As of right now we've tested and confirmed it's possible to buy, download and play games through the Steam store in China as usual, with no issues - and no need for a VPN. Community features, such as discussion forums, are unavailable, but otherwise the platform as it stands still acts as a huge loophole in the Chinese government's strict regulation of games. Where it might take many months of admin and applications for a game to get through the approval process - if it gets through at all - or many revisions to a game's content to ensure it meets the various Chinese standards, that same game can already be bought and played in China, unfiltered, unregistered and unchanged, on regular old Steam. Read more

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