Operation Breakout

Operation Breakout has arrived, bringing ALL CS:GO PLAYERS unlimited access to a collection of six top-rated community maps!

Access Granted

Get the most out of Operation Breakout by purchasing an All Access Pass! With an activated pass, you’ll get an upgradable Challenge Coin along with a huge list of features.

First, the Breakout Pass gives you access to mission drops, which you can receive wherever you play CS:GO. Completing missions will help you upgrade your Challenge Coin, and will also reward you with one of 45 exclusive weapon finishes from three new weapon collections: the Baggage Collection, Cobblestone Collection, and Overpass collection.

The All Access Pass also gives you exclusive access to the Operation Breakout weapon case. Featuring great community designs, the Operation Breakout introduces the brand new Butterfly Knife.

You’ll also be able to keep track of your accomplishments with the Operation Breakout Journal. The Journal will separately track key stats for your official competitive matches on all Operation Breakout maps, as well as for all Active Duty maps. Want to see how you stack up to your friends? The Operation Journal also includes a Friends Leaderboard, where you can compare your progress throughout the operation.

Today’s update includes all of this and more, so pick up your Operation Breakout All Access Pass and go go go!

ESEA Season 16 LAN Finals

This weekend features the ESEA Season 16 LAN Finals, where CS:GO teams from around the world will meet in Dallas, TX to compete for an $85,000 prize pool.

The event will broadcast throughout the weekend, so don’t miss a minute! Head over to the ESEA LAN schedule and find out when the next matches begin.

Balancing Act

We’re working on the next update for CS:GO, and we’ll have many more details soon. In the meantime, we wanted to give you a heads up on one of the things we’re working on.

When we released the USP-S and M4A1-S as part of the Arms Deal Update, our goal was to add variety to the weapons players typically see in a match and to give CS:GO players more opportunities to demonstrate their skill in weapon selection.

So far, the results of that experiment have been a success. Prior to the Arms Deal Update, the M4A4 represented 65% of CT’s primary weapon purchases during full-buy rounds.

After launch, players were evenly split between the M4A4 and the M4A1-S. Over time the M4A1-S has gained in popularity, though other primary weapons remain popular options.

Following the same principle, we took a look at other highly-used weapons.

Pistols are popular in CS:GO, and until a few months ago no pistol was more popular than the P250. Occupying more than 70% of all pistol purchases, the inexpensive P250 was a clear candidate for an alternative weapon.

We intended the CZ75a to provide new gameplay opportunities among the pistols, while generally increasing the variety of weapons used in that category.

Initially the results were promising: early on, CTs were split between the CZ and P250, and the Deagle and Five-SeveN were unaffected. But over the past few months, the community has changed their behavior around the fully-automatic pistol.

The CZ is currently the most purchased pistol, and its popularity has cut into the usage of every other pistol.

Our goal was to increase variety in pistol selection, but the CZ is starting to have the opposite effect. So in next week’s update, you can expect us to make some pistol changes.

Even small changes to gameplay can have a large impact on the rest of the game, and often this impact won’t be observed until a few months later. In the case of the CZ, it took over three months for player behavior to shift. As a result, whenever we make a change to the game, we generally try to give the community time to learn and adjust.

We’ll have more details about the next update soon, so stay tuned!

ESL One Cologne 2014 Championship

CS:GO’s next major community-supported event will be the ESL One Cologne 2014 Championship! Check out the original press release below:

Counter-Strike Community Builds $250,000 Prize Pool for ESL One Cologne 2014

Proceeds From In-Game Item Sales Support CS:GO’s Top Players

June 19, 2014 — Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Dota 2, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced a $250,000 community-funded prize pool for the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) winners at ESL One Cologne 2014.

Taking place at Gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany, the upcoming CS:GO tournament will feature 16 teams — the eight quarter-finalists from EMS One Katowice (held earlier this year) and eight teams from online regional qualifiers. The event’s matches will be streamed live by ESL.

The CS:GO crowd-funding initiative began in August, 2013 with the release of The Arms Deal Update, which offers players in the community special in-game items. A portion of the sales revenue from those items is then placed into a tournament prize fund.

Through this initiative the Counter-Strike community has funded three events, each among the largest cash awards in Counter-Strike’s history. The previous two community-sponsored events, the 2013 DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Championship and the 2014 EMS One Katowice CS:GO Championship, have also generated record-breaking viewing audiences with the latter event reaching over 240,000 concurrent viewers for the grand final.

One of the largest gaming events, Gamescom is a destination for gaming fans around the world with last year’s event hosting more than 340,000 visitors over the multi-day exhibition.

For more information about CS:GO and the Arms Deal Update please visit the Update Page at http://blog.counter-strike.net/armsdeal/

For more information about ESL One Cologne 2014, please visit www.esl-one.com/csgo

DreamHack Summer 2014

Have you been following the action at DreamHack Summer 2014? The DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Championship is underway, and there’s much more to come.

Check this schedule to find out when the next matches take place!