The Biggest Counter-Strike Event Yet

Over the weekend, all eyes were on Counter-Strike. Well, maybe not all eyes, but more than a million pairs of them—at once, no less. » 3/16/15 6:55pm 3/16/15 6:55pm

Yes, Valve Knows They're Terrible At Talking To Fans

Valve does a lot of things right, but they also have a reputation for leaving fans in the dark. What's going on with Counter-Strike updates or Steam Greenlight's brokenness or Half-Life 3? We rarely find out until release day. This leads to fans who are confused at best, pissed at worst. Valve knows, and they agree… » 3/09/15 9:00pm 3/09/15 9:00pm

Excited Counter-Strike Player Will Not Calm Down

We've all been there once or twice. Sometimes games are exciting. Sometimes we scream. This Counter-Strike player, though, is really into it. Nearly every shot, every bomb plant, and sometimes for no real reason at all. "OH SHIT. HOLY— OH MY GODDDD THAT WAS AMAZING." Screaming, yelling, hollering. He never stops. » 2/24/15 7:47pm 2/24/15 7:47pm

Can't Beat Your Brother At Counter-Strike? Hire A Pro.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive streamer Kyente would have had a field day destroying his brother live on his birthday stream, had said brother not tapped CS:GO pro Mitch "DUM0RE" Green to play in his stead. What follows is a gleeful lesson in humility. » 2/23/15 9:00am 2/23/15 9:00am

The Latest Counter-Strike Anti-Cheat Measure? Inspecting Players' Homes

"Knock-knock." "Who's there?" "Counter-Strike police. Open your door. We're here to inspect your computer for cheats." » 2/20/15 12:32pm 2/20/15 12:32pm

Valve To Counter-Strike Pros: Never Bet On Matches

Recently there have been accusations (some proven) of match-fixing and illicit betting in professional Counter-Strike matches. Valve announced their verdict against the trend, bringing their ban-gavel down on multiple bigtime North American players. Now, they've added some stern advice: pros should stop betting… » 2/06/15 9:25pm 2/06/15 9:25pm

Two Of Pro Counter-Strike's Best Matches Yet

MLG X Games Aspen, the year's first seriously big pro Counter-Strike event, took place over the weekend, and people were expecting big things. It did not disappoint. Not in the slightest. » 1/26/15 10:30pm 1/26/15 10:30pm

American Counter-Strike Scene Hit Hard By Pro Cheating Bans

Recently, substantial evidence came to light that a number of pro players had been involved in a huge Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match-fixing/gambling scandal. Valve took their time investigating, but now they've finally decided to bring the hammer down. Hard. » 1/26/15 6:05pm 1/26/15 6:05pm

The first big Counter-Strike competition of the year is happening right now. MLG X Games Aspen just kicked off, and it's running all weekend. GosuGamers has a good primer on the big storylines to keep an eye out for. Watch it all unfold below. » 1/23/15 9:14pm 1/23/15 9:14pm

One Of The Best Counter-Strike Teams Practices In A Spooky Mansion

Ninjas in Pyjamas—aka NiP—came so close to pulling off a massive upset and winning last year's Dream Hack Winter finals that it hurt. But the stinging taste of defeat eventually fades, and I imagine having a rad (though weirdly spooky) mansion to train out of doesn't hurt. » 1/22/15 6:30pm 1/22/15 6:30pm

Classic Counter-Strike Maps In Isometric View

Using a program called HalfMapper, gzaloprgm posted a nice gallery of classic Counter-Strike 1.6 maps with the camera angle set to isometric view. It no longer looks like a competitive FPS, but like a classic X-Com game. » 1/20/15 9:20am 1/20/15 9:20am

Pro Teams Implicated In Huge Counter-Strike Match Fixing Scandal

It has not exactly been smooth sailing (or terrorist blasting, given the lack of boats) in Counter-Strike land lately. First there was the big pro cheat tool bust right before Dream Hack 2014, then there was foul play at Dream Hack 2014, and now we can add a team purposefully losing a match to the list as well. » 1/19/15 8:45pm 1/19/15 8:45pm

Tricks That Will Help You Become A Better Counter-Strike Player

Playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive like a mere mortal is all well and good, but normal shooter skills will only get you so far in this one. Playing like a diabolical mastermind, though? That takes finesse. Finesse and incredibly specific knowledge. » 1/12/15 6:45pm 1/12/15 6:45pm

Counter-Strike Player Never Stood A Chance

We've all been there: that moment when you know in your gut that you're totally, utterly screwed. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player Tarik found that out the hard way, in the video above. » 12/30/14 4:00pm 12/30/14 4:00pm

A Ton Of Cheaters Just Got Banned From Counter-Strike

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a cheating problem. It can be infuriating to come up against rule-breakers and code-busters in regular matches, but there's a silver lining here: Valve is doing its damndest to fight back. » 12/23/14 8:30pm 12/23/14 8:30pm

The Year In eSports

In 2014, eSports and competitive video games were everywhere. Some games and their finals invaded regular sports channels on TV, filled huge stadiums, and the streams pulled hundreds of thousands of viewers. At this point, it doesn't look like the eSports craze will end anytime soon. » 12/18/14 10:00am 12/18/14 10:00am

Boo, Valve Removed Bird Surfing From Counter-Strike

For a brief, magical period of time, you could surf on birds in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. As in, ascend into the skies on their tiny, feathered backs. Unfortunately, it broke the terrorist-fragging heck out of the game, so Valve had to take it out. But they added something fun to make up for it. » 12/12/14 7:40pm 12/12/14 7:40pm

Classic Counter-Strike Map Just Got A Complete Overhaul

Well you can't say Valve only cares about Team Fortress 2. Train (or de_train), a classic map from Counter-Strike 1.6 times, just got a facelift and a redesigned layout for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. » 12/11/14 9:00am 12/11/14 9:00am