What is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a multiplayer first-person shooter game. The game is developed by Valve Corporation. Two opposing teams – the Counter Terrorists and the Terrorists – compete in game modes to complete objectives, such as rescuing and securing a location to plant or defuse a bomb.
At the end of each round, players are rewarded based on their performance with in-game currency. In-game money can be used to get powerful weapons. Winning rounds results in more money than losing, and completing objectives such as killing enemy players gives cash bonuses. Uncooperative actions, such as friendly fire (killing teammates), results in a penalty.
What does CS:GO stand for?
CS:GO is the common abbreviation for Counter Strike: Global Offensive, a first-person shooter that has been played competitively around the world for years. Because the full name is a mouthful, the term CS:GO is actually used by everyone in esports. It is an extensive game with a lot of game modes nowadays, but for this article we will zoom in on the competitive part of the game.
Two teams: Terrorists vs. Counter-Terrorists
In this competitive mode, every game is a battle between two sides, the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. The objective of the Terrorists is to place the bomb at one of the two available locations, also known as bomsites, while the Counter-Terrorists try to prevent this. The bomsites are indicated by the letters A and B. Each round of CS:GO lasts 1 minute and 55 seconds, but when the bomb is planted it takes 40 seconds for it to explode. Even if the bomb is planted in the last second of game time, the 40 seconds will still elapse.
Beginning of a round
Each round, players can earn money by completing kills and assists. At the beginning of each round, players can buy weapons and items to use with their earned money. A player loses his purchases if he does not survive the round. If he does survive, he takes his weapon(s) with him and gets his ammo refilled. Items such as grenades, a helmet or kevlar vest are not refilled, even if the player survives a round. Unused items are taken away by the player.
How do the Terrorists win?
Terrorists can win a round in CS:GO in two ways:
- If the Terrorists can plant the bomb on one of the bomb sites and detonate it.
- If the Terrorists kill all Counter-Terrorists before the end of the round.
How do the Counter-Terrorists win?
Counter-Terrorists can win a round in CS:GO in three ways:
- If they can disarm the bomb after it is planted by the Terrorists.
- If they kill all of the Terrorists before the bomb is planted.
- If at least one Counter-Terrorist survives the round to the end and the bomb is not planted. In the most common form of CS:GO esports, 30 rounds are played, with each team being Terrorist for 15 rounds and Counter-Terrorist for 15 rounds.
However, if one of the teams wins a total of 16 rounds, the match is over. The other team can never win more than 14 rounds and automatically loses.
What does CS:GO cost?
CS:GO is completely free. Like many free games, you do have the option to purchase in-game items in exchange for real money. The majority of these items in CS:GO are skins, which change the appearance of your weapon. Some skins cost hundreds or even thousands of euros. You can buy the best weapon skins for CS:GO at www.csgostash.com.
Where do I download CS:GO?
You can download CS:GO from Steam. The installation process is self-explanatory and you can get started right away.