I would wager that not even the remaining Oregon militia members want to be part of the Oregon militia standoff these days, but now you can join in on the dismal venture. In a video game, I mean.
Counter-Strike has a cheating problem. One player decided to do something about it. Something, shall we say, creative.
Valve recently brought the hammer down on custom Counter-Strike servers that don’t fall within a set of very specific guidelines. It’s a big change to the game’s ecosystem, and many players don’t think it’s for the better.
Turner Broadcasting may be giving esports some of their biggest televised exposure yet, but it seems the media juggernaut still doesn’t think competitive gaming is ready for prime time.
It’s hard to recognize a tipping-point until it’s come and gone. This year, like every other year since 2011 or 2012, esports are poised to break through into the mainstream. But with companies like Turner set to broadcast a Counter-Strike league on TBS (the unfortunately-named ELEAGUE), and ESPN getting into esports…
Valve recently made itself abundantly clear in matters of Counter-Strike match fixing: if you’re involved in a thrown match, you’re banned from Valve-sponsored events for life. One team claims they were asked by their owner to do it anyway. So they quit.
Counter-Strike plus drivable cars, customizable bases, and lots and lots of sand? This is no ordinary custom map.
Counter-Strike’s new gloves look snazzy. Valve decided to ring in a new year of CSGO by giving your in-game hands a modern makeover. Players are already coming up with ideas for (pretty cool looking) skins, and other players are saying, “Shhhh, quiet! Valve will get ideas about monetizing glove skins!”
Roughly a fortnight after 24/7 eSports made a splash by recruiting Vietnamese Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team Skyred, following some impressive international performances earlier in the year, the Australian organisation has dumped their foreign superstars amid claims of match-fixing.
Nearly a year after a notorious scandal, Valve has clarified their stance on the punishment for match-fixing (that is, conspiring to lose on purpose, typically for the purposes of illicit moneymaking) in pro Counter-Strike: a permanent ban from competition. Not “indefinite.” Permanent.
The world of Counter-Strike is a dangerous place. Lethality lurks around every corner. Think that birthday balloon won’t knock you dead? Think again.
Single-file lines. The world teaches us to stand in them, almost without thinking about it. Counter-Strike proposes an alternative: you really, really should just never do that.
No, that’s not a screenshot from the first Halo. That’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Counter-Strike: Global Awakening. WeAreSOLST1CE took Counter-Strike and added a dash of Star Wars. How? Perhaps they spoke words with such mellifluous power that we’re collectively hallucinating something that isn’t there. Or maybe they, you know, edited a replay. One of those.
In Counter-Strike, players can submit their own weapon skins, which Valve will then consider for use in the actual game if they get enough upvotes. One player decided his self-promotion efforts weren’t enough, so he called in a little assistance.
The most recent big Counter-Strike update pissed off a lot of players, first with an overpowered new pistol, then more subtly with an overhaul of the way rifles and pistols work. Now, though, Valve’s admitted that they messed up.
Christmas chicken. It’s tough to love some of the changes Valve recently made to Counter-Strike, but this year’s festive chicken makeover is great. In-game chickens now wear wool sweaters over their frigid little drumstick bodies. (Clutch chicken shot courtesy of 3kliksphilip.)
Valve just released a big new patch for Counter-Strike. It includes a new revolver that can drop anybody, regardless of body armor. That’s, uh, pretty intense.
Lauren “Pansy” Scott is a professional eSports commentator with the ESL. Once upon a time, she was a pro gamer before you could really make a living off that sort of thing. Now she makes Counter-Strike and other games understandable for the masses. Despite what you might think, it’s not an easy job.