If you’re a regular user of Steam you may have noticed that they do free weekends from time to time. As of right now, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is free to play until Sunday afternoon. If you don’t already have CS:GO, then we’re giving you a direct order to go play it.
ESEA have now issued a formal apology and explanation, claiming that “an employee acting on his own and without authorization to access our community through our company’s resources” is responsible for activating beta code that the company never intended on using.
The ESEA server client, commonly used as an anti-cheating measure in games of Counter-Strike, StarCraft 2 and Team Fortress 2, has been discovered to carry malware that uses unsuspecting players’ graphics cards to mine Bitcoins.
Users of the client have reported that their GPUs have overheated and been disabled by the bitcoin mining process.
In what’s I’m fairly comfortable wagering is new ground for the Canadian travel authorities, the Société de transport de Montreal plans to sue a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map maker for recreating the city’s Berri-Uqam station in-game. The STM are prepared to issue Diego Liatis with a $50,000 fine plus court costs if the map is released to the public as planned, says the modder.
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Well-remembered hostage rescue map cs_assault has made the leap to CS:GO in an update this weekend, so that’s nice. But what if your soul burns with an unspeakable hatred for cs_assault - an undying rage with an errant 15-year-old grenade at its centre of infinite mass? Then you can turn to the new Map Workshop - either to acquaint yourself with community maps or to part with your own.
‘Change’ and ‘Counter-Strike’ aren’t exactly natural sentence-fellows, but nor are Valve willing to tiptoe around a decade and a half of CS tradition. That’s the message sent by - if not written in - the patch notes for CS:GO’s latest update.
As of yesterday’s update, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s ‘Join in Progress’ matchmaking system has been joined by a Classic Competitive mode, which introduces both a queue system and measures designed to prevent players from leaving the game when a match turns sour.
Medal of Honor is flexing its multiplayer muscles to the press at the moment and boy are we hot under the collar, first off was the new Fireteam mode, which pitted you and a buddy against an army of foes, and now we're offered a glimpse of Home Run. This new game type affords every player a single life in an attackers V defenders capture the flag game.
Danger Close hope the single life will encourage rapid-fire rounds of an eSports flavour.
It must be tricky to find yourself promoting a game now 11 years old, tasked with defining an experience so well-known by so many. You might as well put together a launch trailer for breathing. But, as is their wont, Valve have done it anyway.
Valve have been back-and-forth on the old development cup-and-string with plaguefest.com, and have managed to get Counter-Strike: Source’s Zombie Mod in fit state for updated release alongside Global Offensive in four days’ time.
Swedish digital festival DreamHack Winter 2012 is to host a large-scale 5-on-5 tournament for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
16 of the “very best” teams worldwide will fly in to shoot each other in the mug; some invited, others to be decided through online and LAN qualifying rounds. All of this for a prize pool of 300,000 SEK - £28,500 or so.
Those who play CS:1.6 and CS:S competitively will be well aware of the value of cross map nades on, for example, de_dust2. This video shows the problem with invisible walls that's existed since the start of the CS:GO beta and that threatens one of Counter-Strike's best skill...
Looks like its shaping up to be every bit as great as it was in Source. Which other game modes do you think Valve should make official? I'd love to see surfing ship with the published version this summer.