IEM Katowice 2019 Minor Championships


The final chance for teams to qualify for the IEM Katowice 2019 Major begins on January 16th when the CIS and EU Minors begin. The top two teams from the European, CIS, Americas, and Asian Minors will qualify for the New Challengers stage of the IEM Katowice Major.

Following the Minors, the four teams that place third in their respective brackets will compete head to head in a last chance play-in match where the two winners will advance to the New Challengers stage. Watch the matches live on ESL’s pair of Twitch channels, here and here.

The full Minors schedule can be found below:

CIS: January 16th – 20th
EU: January 16th – 20th
Americas: January 22nd – 26th
Asia: January 22nd – 26th
Minor Play-in: January 27th

Detailed information on the Minors, including format adjustments and Play-in matches, can be found on IEM’s blog.

Winter Wonderland


Bundle up, it’s time to celebrate the winter season!

Toss a few snowballs and head over to snowy Militia, which is back for the holiday and currently available in Casual and Deathmatch game modes.

The C4 is all wrapped up, and chickens are sporting their finest festive wear–everyone’s getting into the holiday spirit!

10 Year Coin


The Ten Year Veteran Coin is now available to players who have been a member of the Counter-Strike community for over 10 years. To receive the coin, you must have a Steam account in good standing, and must have owned (and played) a game from the Counter-Strike series for over 10 years.

2019 Service Medal


When you become a Global General (Rank 40), you’ll be given the opportunity to reset your Profile Rank. After January 1, 2019 you’ll be able to receive the new 2019 Service Medal, an inspectable display item that will be visible wherever your avatar is shown.

Welcome to the Danger Zone

Introducing Danger Zone — a fast-paced battle royale game mode built on CS:GO’s tactical gameplay where players use their wits, skill, and resources to fight to the finish. Play solo, or work together as a squad of two or three!

CS:GO is now FREE TO PLAY

So there’s never been a better time to bring in your friends.

All players who played CS:GO before today’s update will receive a commemorative Loyalty Badge they can display on their profile. You were there from the beginning, so show it off! Additionally, all existing CS:GO players have had their accounts upgraded to Prime Status.

As before, Prime Status matches you with other Prime Status players. Additionally, your Prime Status will give you access to the new Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats (available by earning XP while playing Danger Zone matches) and the all new Danger Zone Case.

Danger Zone Case

The Danger Zone Case features 17 community-designed weapon finishes, and the Horizon knives as rare special items. Click here for more details.

A new game mode, a new case, and CS:GO is free. What are you waiting for? GO! GO! GO!

Blue Skies

Halloween has come to a close, and Cobblestone has been cleaned up. Go check it out in the light of day!


A few weeks ago we released Biome and Subzero into the Casual game mode. Now that you’ve had a chance to learn the layout, it’s time to test your skill! Biome and Subzero have been added to Competitive Matchmaking.

Graveyard Shift


CS:GO just got a whole lot spookier!

For a limited time players can fright their way through a midnight makeover of Cobblestone. Along with Cobblestone’s haunting new look, players can torment their enemies from the grave as a ghost in Casual, Demolition, and Flying Scoutsman game modes. Spray graffiti, meet up with other undead, or just mess around with some breakable objects using a spectral ghost knife – it all makes for a scary good time!

And don’t forget about the chickens – they’ve also dressed for the occasion…

Happy Halloween!