Counter Strike: Global Offensive

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Introduction

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. It is the fourth game in the main Counter-Strike franchise. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released for Microsoft Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 on August 21, 2012. The Linux version was released in September 2014.  It features classic content, such as revamped versions of classic maps, as well as brand new maps, characters and game modes. Cross-platform multiplayer was planned between Windows, OS X, Linux, and PlayStation 3 players, but was ultimately limited to Windows, OS X, and Linux because of the differences in update-frequency between systems.

Gameplay

The game is designed similar to the previous versions of the installment, with enhanced graphics and a variation of gameplay. Players competing in this objective-based game, compete as terrorists or counter terrorists and complete the objectives, while eliminating the other team. Weapons are purchased and selected at the beginning of the round. Players can equip with desired weapons and classes, according to the money and points earned from battling. Each kill can benefit the player, however events like friendly fire or hostage will result in monetary penalty.

The gameplay has been improved with latest collection of weapons and equipment that have not been seen in the previous versions of the game.c7ced94b90f3c3276dd944fe9dfa66cb-d9xxg9e

  • Game Modes

Currently, Global Offensive features five game modes for online play:

  • Classic Casualand Competitive: Counter-Strike’s most played game mode, both involving Bomb Scenario and Hostage Scenario  At the start of each round, players can purchase weapons and gear with money earned from various actions, from assisting on kills to completing objectives. Regardless of mission type, a round end when one team completes an objective, eliminates the other team, or lets the timer run out. If the timer runs out before one of these objectives are completed, the team which did not need to complete an objective win.
  • Bomb Scenario: The Terrorists must plant a C4 explosive at one of two designated bombsites and protect it until its countdown finishes and detonates; the Counter-Terrorists must prevent the bomb from exploding, either ensuring that the terrorist team does not plant it or defusing it once it is planted. If the CT team does defuse it, the CT team will still win regardless how many enemy team members are still alive.300x200xCS-GO-pic-300x200.jpg.pagespeed.ic.BWd2hVBJb4
  • Hostage Scenario: The Counter-Terrorists must rescue hostages from the Terrorists, and bring them to an extraction point; the Terrorists must prevent the hostages from escaping. If a Terrorist or Counter-Terrorist attempts to kill hostage, they will suffer a heavy cash penalty. An update later changed how Counter-Terrorists rescue hostages: instead of leading them around, players must carry one hostage at a time to the extraction point.
  • Arms Race: a deathmatch-based mode where each player is rewarded for every 2 kills with a new weapon, or every 1 kill if they kill the enemy leader. The first player to get a kill with the golden knife, the final weapon on the list, wins the game.
  • Demolition: a round-based mode that removes weapon and equipment purchasing, instead rewarding players who manage at least one kill by giving the next weapon in a predetermined set of weapons. After a second killwith that weapon the players are also rewarded a grenade along with their new weapon for the next round. This is something similar to the bomb scenario mission, which also requires one of the team to detonate the bomb site. But unlike the casual ones, these have only one bomb site.
  • Deathmatch: a mode consisting of 10-minute matches. Players must gain the highest possible score by earning kills with different weapons or desired weapons. The number of points from a kill depends on the weapon. Players may also take advantage of bonus timers for different weapons, or using knife to score extra points. Like in Arms Race, players automatically respawn after being killed, but also when they choose to respawn with bonus weapons.
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Global Offensive also offers two offline modes: Offline with Bots, which offers the same game modes with AI-controlled bots; and a Weapons Course, a single player map serving as a tutorial and a training mode.c7ced94b90f3c3276dd944fe9dfa66cb-d9xxg9e

Online Play/ Multiplayer

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Global Offensive supports matchmaking and leaderboards for all online game modes, provided by Steam. The provided online service offers the ability to filter by game modes, maps and a built-in Steam friend system. Valve also employs Valve Anti-Cheat, which can automatically remove and ban players from the Valve online network. To match players of similar skill levels for an enjoyable experience, the game uses a heavily modified version of Elo rating system. The PC version of Global Offensive also supports private dedicated servers that the player may connect to through the community server menu in-game. These servers may be heavily modified and can be completely different from the base game. There have been popular community mods created for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. One community mod allowed players to complete obstacle courses that require advanced strafing and jumping techniques.

Professional Competition

In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, in addition to normal tournament circuits hosted by third-party organizations, Valve organizes or co-sponsors a series of events itself, referred to as ‘majors’. These events are special in that they have large prize pools, which are crowdfunded by the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community via in-game keys bought to open in-game cases, and special in-game cosmetics – usually in the form of stickers of the qualified teams logo, and signatures of qualified players that can be applied to guns or used to predict the results of the tournament – are introduced into the game, and are purchasable from Valve during the duration of the tournament.

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On September 23, 2015 it was announced that WME/IMG and Turner Broadcasting were creating a televised Counter-Strike: Global Offensive e-sports league called E-League to be broadcast on US cable television network TBS in 2016.

On October 2, 2015, a number of professional e-sports organization with Counter-Strike teams announced the formation of a trade union that set several demands for future tournament attendance. The announcement was a publicly posted email written by Natus Vincere CEO Alexander Kokhanovskyy that was sent to organizers of major e-sports events. Among these demands was notice that teams part of the union would not attend a tournament with a prize pool of less than $75,000 for CS:GO and $100,000 for Dota 2. Among the teams that were announced were Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, Counter Logic Gaming, Cloud9, Virtus.pro, Team SoloMid, Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Titan, and EnVyUs.

Major tournaments are defined as those tournaments that are sponsored by Valve. Every Major so far has had a prize pool of $250,000, and has seen increased attendance, including over ten thousand viewers live in stadiums and millions watching on internet-based live streams, as well as increased money to the players through the purchase of stickers. Swedish team Fnatic bested the Ninjas in Pyjamas to win the DreamHack Winter 2013 Steel Series Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Championship in December 2013, the first Major tournament, with an entire tournament prize pool of $250,000. Virtus.pro won over Ninjas in Pyjamas in the EMS One Katowice 2014 championship, the second Major.

Ninjas in Pyjamas won the ESL One Cologne 2014 tournament at Gamescom over Fnatic in 2014 Team LDLC.com won Dreamhack Winter 2014 over Ninjas in Pyjamas. On March 15, 2015, Fnatic won their second major at ESL One Katowice 2015, beating Ninjas in Pyjamas once again. Fnatic won their third major on August 23, 2015 at ESL One Cologne 2015 beating Team EnVyUs 2-0 in a best of three series. DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 in November 2015 was won by EnVyUs over Natus Vincere. The prize pool was increased to $1 million in 2016. MLG Major Championship: Columbus went on from March 29 to April 3, 2016 and was won by Luminosity Gaming over Natus Vincere.NRejLZ

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The next Major took place at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne in July 2016 and was won by SK Gaming (former Luminosity Gaming) over Team Liquid.

The  current leading team in gosugamers.net/rankings list is SK Gaming, followed by numerous teams, competing for the top spot consequently.

 

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