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  1. Six new missions unlock in week 3 of Operation Shattered Web. 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. View the full article
  2. Six new missions unlock in week 2 of Operation Shattered Web. 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! Halo Sticker Capsule now available As a cross-promotion with 343 Industries, today we’re adding the Halo Sticker Capsule, available for purchase in-game. As an added bonus, any user who purchases and plays The Master Chief Collection for more than 5 hours on Steam will receive an exclusive Master Chief Collection Music Kit in CS:GO. The Master Chief Collection releases on Steam December 3rd. View the full article
  3. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog Operation Shattered Web

    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. Agents, Weapons, and More Operation Shattered Web features CS:GO’s first ‘agents,’ characters that can be equipped on the T or CT side. In addition to their unique look, Master Agents have special voice lines and animations–you’ll get one Master Agent when you earn your final reward. Along the way, you’ll earn several Operation Shattered Web Weapon Cases, along with weapons from three brand new weapons collections featuring designs from community artists. You’ll also earn all-new graffiti and community-designed stickers! Missions Accomplished Each week, you’ll get access to new missions in various CS:GO game modes, including cooperative Guardian missions and an all-new Strike mission. Missions are available to all players, but you’ll need an Operation Pass to redeem your rewards. You may recall that we recently shipped a few changes to bots in Deathmatch. Those bots will be ready for action in the Guardian and Strike missions, so watch out! New Maps We’re also shipping a few new maps today in various game modes. Defy gravity in the new Flying Scoutsman map Lunacy, and get ready to rumble in the community-made Danger Zone map Jungle. Looking for something more competitive? Try Studio, available as a Scrimmage or in the Casual Sigma map group! Performance is its own Reward Did you earn the most MVPs? The most enemies flashed? The most… something? Find out with Accolades, special call-outs at the end-of-match screen. Parting Shot We’re making adjustments to a few rifles in CS:GO. The SG553’s price has returned to $3000 to bring its price more in line with its value, and the FAMAS and Galil have both gotten $200 price cuts and buffs to their full-auto spraying accuracy. View the full article
  4. A quick update on our plans for 2020 Majors: Some of the feedback we’ve received in response to our blog post “Keeping Things Competitive” from teams and tournament organizers is that the business of leagues (specifically, shared ownership of leagues between TOs and teams) does not create new conflicts of interest, because similar arrangements have existed in the past and those conflicts of interest are not significant. While we can point to clear cases where relationships between teams and TOs have generated distrust in the community, we agree that our near-term priority should be collecting more data and requiring more transparency so that conflicts of interest can be properly evaluated. Therefore, for 2020, teams and players registering for the Majors will be required to publicly disclose their business relationships with other participants and/or the tournament organizer, so that public conversations can be had about the value that leagues and other entanglements offer versus the risk that they pose. Failure to disclose any business with the TO or other participants will likely result in disqualification. We do not intend to add any other requirements for participation in (or hosting of) 2020 Major Championships. View the full article
  5. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog Key Change

    Starting today, CS:GO container keys purchased in-game can no longer leave the purchasing account. That is, they cannot be sold on the Steam Community Market or traded. Pre-existing CS:GO container keys are unaffected–those keys can still be sold on the Steam Community Market and traded. Why make this change? In the past, most key trades we observed were between legitimate customers. 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. For the vast majority of CS:GO users who buy keys to open containers, nothing changes; keys can still be purchased to open containers in their inventory. They simply can no longer be traded or transacted on the Steam Community Market. Unfortunately this change will impact some legitimate users, but combating fraud is something we continue to prioritize across Steam and our products. If you have feedback or concerns about this change feel free to email us at CSGOTeamFeedback [at] valvesoftware.com with the subject “Key Restriction”. View the full article
  6. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog Cache and Release

    Cache has been updated by FMPONE and Volcano and is playable on official servers in Casual, Deathmatch, and Scrimmage. CS20 Weapon Case and Sticker Capsule Today we are releasing the CS20 Case to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Counter-Strike. This weapon case contains a variety of themed weapon finishes from the Steam Community Workshop and features the Classic Knife as the rare special item, a classic of the Counter-Strike series. Also available today is the CS20 Sticker Capsule, featuring 20 community-designed stickers. View the full article
  7. We’re back from the incredible StarLadder Berlin Major. While the teams were busy with record-breaking 60-round matches, the community was busy as well: tournament items for this major will pay out over $11 million for participating teams and players! During the Major, we followed conversations in the community about leagues, media rights, and the future of CS:GO events. And while we typically don’t weigh in on these conversations, there are a few issues we want to clarify to make sure everyone is on the same page. Leagues We make it free to get a license to operate a CSGO tournament because we want to get out of the way of third parties creating value for our customers. Often that value comes from experimentation–tournament operators experiment with presentation, technology, formats, locations, etc. We support experiments that are scoped large enough to identify new and interesting opportunities, but not so large that if they fail it would be hard for the ecosystem to recover. With that in mind, CS:GO leagues present two concerns for us: Exclusivity Recently there have been steps toward a broad form of exclusivity where teams who compete in a particular event are restricted from attending another operator’s events. This form of team exclusivity is an experiment that could cause long-term damage. In addition to preventing other operators from competing, exclusivity prevents other events from keeping the CSGO ecosystem functioning if an individual event fails. At this time we are not interested in providing licenses for events that restrict participating teams from attending other events. Shared Ownership A few years ago, we started talking to tournament operators, teams, and players about the importance of avoiding conflicts of interest in CS:GO Majors. We consider a conflict of interest to be any case where a tournament, team, or player has a financial relationship with any other participating team or its players. This includes multi-team ownership, leagues with shared ownership by multiple teams, or essentially any financial reason to prefer that one team win over another. In open events, like the Majors, teams with these business arrangements may have (real or percieved) financial interest in the success of teams that they are competing with. In order to participate in Majors, we require that players, teams, and tournament operators confirm that they have no existing conflicts of interest, or if they do, disclose them and work to resolve them. This requirement isn’t new, but we felt it was worth reiterating given the conversations we’re hearing. If you are interested, the exact terms we require are below. Media Rights Another conversation we saw during the Major was about the ability for members of the community to broadcast the Major. Throughout the year, tournament operators use their events to build relationships with sponsors and media partners. When it’s time for the Majors, we think it’s important that they don’t disrupt those existing relationships. For this reason, the Major tournament operator has always been the only party that has had a license to broadcast the Major. However, we do expect our Major partners to be as inclusive as possible. Major tournament operators are expected to work with streamers in order to provide viewers with access to valuable alternative content and underserved languages, whether through official streams or otherwise. Anyone that wants to offer a unique perspective and co-stream the Major should reach out to the Major tournament operator ahead of time in order to ensure a good experience for everyone involved. More Detail on Conflict of Interest Here are the terms we’ve required that players and teams accept when they register for a Major: Teams and players should not have any financial interest in the success of any team that they are competing against. To participate in this Tournament, players and teams are required to affirm that they have no business entanglement (including, but not limited to, shared management, shared ownership of entities, licensing, and loans) with any other participating team or its players. If you have an agreement or business arrangement that you think may be of concern, then please reach out to the CS:GO development team for further discussion. “I am not currently aware of any conflict of interest that I might have with another participating team or any player on another participating team. If I currently have a conflict of interest, or become aware of one over the course of the event, I will immediately provide detail to the CS:GO development team explaining the nature of my relationship with the other player or players, and a plan for resolving the issue in the future. I understand that failure to report my conflict of interest may result in my disqualification from the event and/or forfeiture of proceeds.” In addition to players, the tournament operator accepts the following clause in the Major tournament agreement: Licensee and Tournament event staff may not have any business entanglement (including, but not limited to, shared management, shared ownership of entities, licensing, and loans) with any participating team or players. If Licensee has any business entanglement with any player or teams then Licensee will disclose them in writing (including a description of the nature of the conflict) to Valve as of the Effective Date and at any point thereafter during the Term when such entanglement may arise. Within its sole discretion, Valve reserves the right to a) require that Licensee address and remove the business entanglement or b) terminate the Agreement without cost or penalty. We think that avoiding conflict of interest is an important part of ensuring fair and honest competition, and so we do not have any plans to change these requirements for participation in a Major. View the full article
  8. Congratulations to Astralis, who won a record-breaking third straight Major Championship and their fourth overall. AVANGAR’s path to the Grand Final met the brick wall of Astralis, who took hold of the series from the first few rounds and never let go. Thank you to everyone who watched the Major, and to StarLadder, the teams, and the players for an incredible event. Finally, there’s still a chance to support your favorite teams–player and team items are up to 75% off! View the full article
  9. The final eight 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 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. Don’t forget to make your Playoff picks now in the Pick’Em Challenge before the matches begin! If you haven’t already purchased a Viewer Pass, you can get it now for 40% off. You’ll get unlimited Major graffiti and Steam chat flair for the duration of the Major as well as an upgradable Event Coin and the chance to earn or purchase Souvenir Tokens which you can redeem for a Souvenir Package from the match of your choice. View the full article
  10. The Legends have arrived. Congratulations to mousesports, North, G2 Esports, NRG, CR4ZY, Vitality, Avangar, and DreamEaters, who all advanced from the Challengers Stage. They’ll face off against the Legends this week–may the best teams win. If you’re joining us late, you can still get the most out of the 2019 Berlin Major. The Viewer Pass is now 20% off! With a Viewer Pass, you’ll get a Berlin 2019 Event Coin, challenges to complete, unlimited Team Graffiti, Steam.tv Flair, and exclusive access to Berlin 2019 Souvenir Packages. Don’t forget to set your Pick’Em predictions before the first Legends Stage matches start on August 28th. View the full article
  11. Tune in August 23rd at 12:00 PM CEST for the opening matches of the StarLadder Berlin Major’s Challenger Stage. Watch the matches live on steam.tv, in-game through GOTV, or on Twitch. Purchase the Berlin 2019 Viewer Pass via Steam or in game and receive an upgradable Event Coin that unlocks exclusive access to Berlin 2019 Souvenir Packages. New for this tournament, you can play competitive missions to upgrade your Event Coin or purchase additional Souvenir Tokens. Don’t forget to make your predictions in the Pick’Em Challenge! (Passholders should get their picks in before the stage begins for a chance at the Diamond Tournament Coin.) You will also receive free unlimited Team Graffiti for the duration of the Major and Steam.tv team flair. Detailed information about Viewer Passes, Souvenir Packages, and the Pick’Em Challange can be found here. Support your favorite teams and players with Berlin 2019 Team and Autograph stickers. As always, 50% of the proceeds from sticker and Viewer Pass sales go to the players and organizations participating in the StarLadder Berlin Major. View the full article
  12. The 2019 StarLadder Berlin Major is just weeks away, but you can start supporting your favorite teams now! The 2019 Berlin Viewer Pass, Team Stickers, and Player Stickers are now available for purchase. 50% of the proceeds go to the players and organizations taking part in the StarLadder Berlin Major. Viewer Pass With a Viewer Pass, you’ll get a Berlin 2019 Event Coin, new challenges to complete (including missions and the Berlin 2019 Pick-Em Challenge), unlimited Team Graffiti, Steam.tv Flair, and exclusive access to Berlin 2019 Souvenir Packages. Every time you upgrade your coin, you can redeem a Souvenir Package of the match of your choice. Souvenirs will feature one of the MVPs from that match, so watch the Major and make your choice! Want more? Purchase the ‘Viewer Pass +3’ to start off with three Souvenir Tokens, or purchase as many Souvenir Tokens as you’d like once you’ve activated your Pass. Team and Player Stickers Team stickers and player autographs are also now available for purchase. Team capsules feature holo and foil stickers, while player capsules feature paper, foil, and gold stickers. View the full article
  13. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog A Learning Environment

    Today’s update is all about maps, with significant changes to Vertigo, and an update to the map pool! We’re welcoming two maps to the pool: Breach, a defusal map set in a spacious corporate building, and Seaside, an old community favorite. They’ll be replacing Workout, which has been removed from official matchmaking. Scrimmage! Ready to try out these new maps? In addition to Deathmatch and Casual game modes, Breach and Seaside (as well as Ruby) are now available as Scrimmage maps on the Competitive tab. When you play a Scrimmage map all of the competitive rules are the same, but there are no restrictions on players in your party, and your Skill Group will not be adjusted or displayed after your match. So jump into a scrimmage, and try out something new! View the full article
  14. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog Apex Predators

    The time has come for you to put your Danger Zone skills on display–Danger Zone now has skill groups! Your skill group will be visible in the main menu and as a spectator after your match has concluded. Your skill group is a mark of your recent performance, and players of all skill groups can participate in matches together. Ready to rise through the ranks? You’ll need to go on a hot streak if you want to get to the top! View the full article
  15. Twenty years ago, a humble Half-Life mod changed the gaming world. Constantly evolving and shifting over the years, Counter-Strike has never lost its fundamentals: it’s easy to learn, takes a lifetime to master, and is supported by a massive global community. You can celebrate the history of CS with a retro version of Dust II, currently available in the Casual Dust II map group. There’s also a new sticker capsule featuring the unsung heroes of CS – chickens! View the full article
  16. Tickets for the Starladder Berlin Major are now on sale! The final eight teams will compete at the Mercedes-Benz Arena from September 5th – September 8th to become Major Champions. For pricing, availability, and additional information on attending the Starladder Berlin Major, please visit theticketfairy.com. View the full article
  17. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog Scouting Ahead

    Today’s update includes new ways to find teammates, follow your favorite CS:GO tournaments, and track your enemies in Danger Zone! Looking to Play Looking for a few teammates before you enter matchmaking? Click the ‘Looking to Play’ button, and you’ll be added to a list of players who are ready to team up. Need a fifth for your own lobby? Just check the list and invite anyone you think is up to the job! Follow Your Favorites It’s never been easier to follow your favorite CS:GO events. In the Watch menu, click on the Events panel and you’ll see a list of ongoing and upcoming CS:GO LAN tournaments. Add any events you like to your favorites, and you’ll be notified in the Main Menu whenever those events are live. Not sure what to watch? All players will automatically be notified of the most-favorited event each month. Track from a Distance The latest drone technology has arrived in Danger Zone. Take control of a nearby drone with the Drone Pilot Upgrade and use it to spy on your enemies, scout for resources, or carry items across the map! View the full article
  18. The experiment has evolved. To be the last team standing, you’ll have to put your skills to the test – with all new respawn and deploy mechanics, new items to master, and a brand new map to explore. Today’s update also includes some quality of life upgrades, like an all new player-pinging system. Grab a teammate and see if you’ve still got what it takes to survive! View the full article
  19. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog Don’t Skip Leg Day

    Today we’re introducing two maps to CS:GO: Ruby, a bomb defusal map set in a scenic town in Portugal, and Workout, a community favorite hostage rescue map! As these two maps enter, we’ll say goodbye to two other community-created maps: Abbey and Biome. Ruby is currently available in the Defusal Group Sigma, but in the coming weeks will be added to Competitive Matchmaking. Workout is currently available in Competitive Matchmaking, and the Hostage Map Group. View the full article
  20. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog EZ4VERTIGO

    Today’s update includes a big map pool adjustment – Vertigo has been added to Active Duty, and Cache has been moved to the reserves while it undergoes some renovations. Jump into a Vertigo match and send us your feedback! EZ4ENCE From the top of the Finnish radio charts to your MVP Panel, the Verkkar’s EZ4ENCE is now available as a Music Kit! Unleash the Beast We’re also introducing the Feral Predators sticker capsule by community artists 2Minds, OniLolz, and Zaphk, featuring 9 designs and 18 stickers to collect. View the full article
  21. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog Seeing the Light

    After several months at a discount, players have found their way to the AUG. Now that everyone has had a chance to learn to love it, the AUG has returned to its original price tag. There’s a lot more to digest in today’s update, from changes to maps to the in-game economy, shotguns, and rifles. We’ve also added new features like flash assist UI and loadout shuffle. Full details can be found in the Release Notes. Prisma Case Introducing the Prisma Case, featuring 17 new community-designed weapon finishes and the Horizon Knives in Chroma finishes. View the full article
  22. Congratulations to Astralis, Champions of IEM’s 2019 CS:GO Major in Katowice! ENCE’s magnificent improbable journey ends in the Grand Finals against heavily-favored back-to-back champions Astralis who won their third Major convincingly on Train and Inferno. Thank you to everyone who watched, ESL, Intel and all the players and organizations who made this tournament possible. View the full article
  23. Jessecar

    CS:GO Blog IEM Champions Stage

    After two stages, 8 teams remain in pursuit of a Major Championship in Katowice. The quarterfinals of the Champions Stage begin on February 28th and culminate with the Grand Finals at Spodek Arena on March 3rd. Be sure to make your picks prior to the start of the Champions Stage – if your Katowice Event Coin has been upgraded to Silver you still have a chance to earn the Diamond Event Coin! If you haven’t already purchased a Viewer Pass, get it now for 50% off to get unlimited Major graffiti and Steam chat flair for the duration of the Major as well as an upgradeable Event Coin. Players who purchase the Viewer Pass now can still complete up to 7 of the 11 challenges, resulting in two Souvenir Packages and a Gold Event Coin. Get your Pass now and make your picks! View the full article
  24. While the Katowice Major marches on, today we’re announcing the second CS:GO Major of 2019 will be hosted by Starladder and take place in Berlin, Germany. The Champions Stage will take place at the Mercedes Benz-Arena from September 5th – September 8th. The full schedule can be found below: July 17-21 – Europe & Americas Minors July 24-28 – CIS & Asia Minors July 29 – Minor Play-in August 20-25 – Challengers Stage August 27-September 1 – Legends Stage September 5-8 – Champions Stage Additional information on the Starladder Berlin Major can be found here. The Legends Stage Over the weekend the Challengers Stage of the IEM Katowice Major concluded, and eight teams advanced to the Legends Stage: Eight Legends await these new Challengers, and all sixteen teams will compete for a spot in the Champions Stage beginning Wednesday, February 20th. Grab your Viewer Pass and make your picks! View the full article
  25. Tune in February 13th at 1:00 PM CET (4:00 AM Pacific Time) for the opening matches of the IEM Katowice Major Challenger Stage. Watch the matches live on steam.tv, in-game through GOTV, or on Twitch. Purchase the Katowice 2019 Viewer Pass in-game and receive an upgradable Event Coin that unlocks exclusive access to Katowice 2019 Souvenir Packages and the Pick’Em Challenge. (Passholders should get their picks in before the stage begins for a chance at the Diamond Tournament Coin.) You will also receive free unlimited Team Graffiti for the duration of the Major and all-new Steam.tv team flair. Detailed information about Viewer Passes, Souvenir Packages, and the Pick’Em Challange can be found here. Support your favorite teams and players with Katowice 2019 Team and Autograph stickers. As always, 50% of the proceeds from sticker and Viewer Pass sales go to the players and organizations participating in the IEM Katowice Major. View the full article
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