DreamHack 2014: Linking with Twitch

We’re just days away from The DreamHack 2014 CS:GO Championship! When you watch a match on GOTV or on Twitch with a linked account, you’ll have a chance to receive a souvenir package commemorating the event.

Don’t have a linked twitch account? Head over to Twitch and follow the instructions to link your accounts.

Each souvenir package contains a weapon from the collection of the map that was being played (e.g., a Dust 2 Collection weapon if the teams were playing on Dust II), with a pre-applied sticker from the two competing teams, along with a special 2014 DreamHack event sticker.

There’s no wrong way to watch the DreamHack event, so choose the experience that fits your style. You can take charge over the broadcast in GOTV (all while listening to caster audio), or watch from pretty much anywhere on Twitch!

Get your account linked with Twitch, and make sure your DreamHack 2014 Pick’em Challenge picks are locked and ready before the event begins!

DreamHack Winter Is Coming

Ready to support your favorite teams? The 2014 DreamHack CS:GO Championship is still a week away, but you can start playing the DreamHack 2014 Pick’Em Challenge today!

For a limited time you can purchase individual team stickers directly, or pick up a special holographic or foil sticker by purchasing the Legends capsule. A portion of the proceeds from sticker sales will go directly to teams competing in The DreamHack 2014 CS:GO Championship.

In addition to supporting the teams, these stickers serve as game pieces for the DreamHack 2014 Pick’Em Challenge. Click here for more details.

Along with team stickers, we’ve made a few updates to Operation Vanguard, including a new FAQ on the operation page.

We’re counting down the days. Stay tuned for more details as we approach the next Major!

Operation Vanguard

Welcome to Operation Vanguard, featuring unlimited free access to a collection of six top-rated community maps, and introducing Campaigns – a new and rewarding way to play CS:GO.

Join the Vanguard

With an Operation Vanguard Access Pass, you’ll gain access to a host of features.

Operation Vanguard features all new Operation Campaigns – forge your own path through a series of missions, earning extra Operation Vanguard Cases or weapon drops as a reward.

With your Access Pass, you can complete two missions per week in the two Campaigns included with the pass. If that’s not enough, you can take on optional Campaigns that will allow you to complete additional weekly missions and will send you farther across the globe. Complete a sequence of missions within a Campaign to earn Challenge Stars and upgrade your Operation Vanguard Challenge Coin!

In addition to campaigns, you’ll get a Competitive Scorecard to track key stats from all of your play in official competitive matches on Vanguard and Active Duty maps throughout the operation. Check out the Friends Leaderboard, and find out how you stack up against your friends.

Arms Race Update

Arms Race gets an overhaul with new rules and three maps previously restricted to Demolition mode. Will you charge through the weapon progression, or focus on taking down the enemy team’s leader? Check out this Arms Race Guide for all the info on the Arms Race update.

All this and more (including a new map in Demolition mode!) in today’s update, so what are you waiting for? Your Operation begins now!

ESWC Playoffs

Looking for the world’s best CS:GO teams? They’re competing at the 2014 Electronic Sports World Cup, which is marching toward the Grand Final this weekend.

All of the details, previous results, schedules and streams can be found here. Who will rise to the top? Tune in to find out!

Halloween Mask-erade

Ah Halloween: a time for costumes, chickens, and spooky fun.

This year the CS:GO team will be ushering in the season with an update celebrating all manner of holiday shenanigans.

Halloween 2014 - UPDATE

Each of our hardened operators have decided to have a little Halloween fun by wearing masks, be sure to look for masks from PAYDAY 2 and Team Fortress 2!

Ghost In The (Spent) Shell
Death comes for us all eventually, and during our Halloween event you once again have a chance to see the ghosts of your fallen friends haunting the battlefield.

A Murder Most Fowl
BEWARE! For with all these treats, also come tricks. For too long the chickens of CS:GO have idly watched as their brethren were slaughtered by the droves, and on All Hollow’s Eve there is no more room in Chicken Hell.

Prize Fighters
In addition to the seasonal fun, this weekend (Oct. 24-26) marks the FaceIT LAN finals. Not only is a $50,000 prize purse up for grabs, but this is a great opportunity to watch some of the top teams in the world. Marvel at their skill. Pick up a few pointers. But above all else: be thankful you’re not playing against them.

Happy Halloween everyone!