Since 2018, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gamers might get pleasure from all the recreation, kind of, with out paying a cent. That’s now come to an finish as Valve simply introduced the tip of many CS:GO free-to-play (F2P) options in a blog post on the official CS:GO web site.
Since its unique launch in 2012 CS:GO has gone by many vital adjustments, essentially the most drastic coming when the sport went absolutely free in 2018. Players who selected to pay for “Prime” standing loved Prime-only matchmaking, merchandise drops, and XP bonuses. Yet F2P accounts had been nonetheless capable of achieve XP, purchase different loot drops, play within the ranked ladder, and ultimately work their approach into the particular Prime matchmaking. But now not.
“Along with all the gameplay that we made available for free, new players had access to drops, Ranks, Skill Groups, and a free path to Prime matchmaking,” the publish read. “Unfortunately, over time, those benefits have become an incentive for bad actors to hurt the experience of both new and existing players. So today we’re revising the offering for new players.” It continues:
New gamers can nonetheless play each recreation mode, play on group servers, and play workshop maps. However, they may now not obtain XP, Ranks, drops, or Skill Groups; these options at the moment are completely out there to Prime Status gamers.
New gamers can nonetheless improve to Prime by buying the Prime Status Upgrade from the Steam retailer, nevertheless there isn’t any longer a free path to Prime. And if you are going to buy the improve within the subsequent two weeks, your present Skill Group and XP progress will carry over.
Many CS:GO gamers welcomed this information with a sigh of aid. The ranked ladder is plagued with cheaters, high-ranked gamers making new accounts to stomp noobs, griefers deliberately throwing video games, and screeching trolls. Ending the free path to Prime is a step towards a extra rigorous vetting course of that weeds out dangerous actors in higher-level play.
To offset these adjustments Valve has launched a brand new “Unranked” ladder, so F2P gamers will nonetheless have entry to a type of skill-based matchmaking. This new mode permits gamers to play ladder video games with no rank restrictions or adjustments. If you’re a Legendary Eagle Master who all the time wished to group up with buddies down in Silver, this mode is for you.
The hope of 128-tick servers, nevertheless, nonetheless stays a dream.