CS:GO’s Winter Update

Welcome to the CS:GO Winter Update, filled with holiday cheer. There’s something for everyone, including a brand new pistol, a new weapon case, gameplay adjustments, the all-new Killer Replay feature, and more!

Click here for release notes, or read on for more details.

R8 Revolver

Revolver Case

Looking for the first R8 Revolver finishes? Two have been added to existing collections, and two can be found in the new Revolver Case:

Killer Replay

How’d that happen? In Demolition and Casual modes you can review your deaths with a Killer Replay from the perspective of your opponent. See the game through their eyes, and plan your next move!

Take Your Time

Need a minute to think things through? In Competitive Matchmaking, teams can now vote at any time to take one 60-second timeout, which will begin at the next freezetime.

Additionally, this update includes a change to round and C4 timers in Competitive Matchmaking (they are now 1:55 and 0:40), and these are the new times that will be used for CS:GO Major Championships. The times are intended to unify the professional and community experience, while addressing the exceptional strength of smoke grenades in the shorter rounds of professional matches.

We’ve also adjusted weapon balance to reward taking your time to aim. Movement inaccuracy has been increased for all pistols (excluding the R8 Revolver), and recovery time has been adjusted for the AK47, M4A4, and M4A1-S to reduce the range at which spraying is preferable to tapping/bursting.

Getting in the Spirit

We’ve added some holiday cheer for the season, and you can get in the spirit too! For those of you who are feeling generous, gifts are currently available for purchase.

And as always, the best way to get in the spirit is to play, so get in the game and go go go!

The CS:GO x Betabrand Think Tank

Earlier this year we launched the CS:GO Merchandise Workshop, and today we’re happy to announce a new way for the community to pick their favorite Valve and Community-created designs: The CS:GO x Betabrand Think Tank.

At the CS:GO x Betabrand Think Tank, you can vote for your favorite designs, provide feedback, and submit ideas of your own. Let them know what you think, and shape the future of CS:GO merch!

Shadow Boxing

Today’s update introduces the Shadow Case, featuring sixteen community designed weapons, along with a chance to contain the all new Shadow Daggers!

ESL One Katowice 2015

CS:GO Major Tourney At ESL One Katowice 2015

CS:GO’s Fifth Consecutive $250k Major Returns to Katowice

January 24, 2015 – Valve today announced a $250,000 prize pool for the CS:GO tournament at ESL One Katowice 2015.

Taking place at the Spodek Arena in Katowice, Poland from March 12-15, the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will feature the eight quarter-finalists from DreamHack Winter 2014. They will be joined by eight teams to be determined through upcoming qualifiers. All of the matches will be streamed live via continuous high-quality coverage provided by ESL.

For the first time, the tournament qualifiers will take place offline at a special LAN event, with funding for both the event and travel support for all participating teams provided by Valve.

CS:GO Major tournaments draw record-breaking audiences, with more than 500,000 concurrent viewers watching the Grand Finals at DreamHack Winter 2014. Last year witnessed explosive growth for CS:GO, with player numbers growing by more than 250% and content contributors grossing more than $3.5 million dollars selling their items and maps for the game.

Valve is the creator of game technologies (Source, Steam) and numerous best-selling game franchises (Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Half-Life, Portal, and Team Fortress).

For more information about CS:GO, please visit: https://new.blog.counter-strike.net/

For more information about ESL One Katowice 2015, please visit: http://www.esl-one.com/csgo/katowice-2015/

2015 MLG X Games Aspen Invitational

This Friday, CS:GO heads to Aspen for the 2015 Winter X Games!

FRIDAY Broadcast begins @ 11:00 AM
SATURDAY Broadcast begins @ 11:00 AM
SUNDAY Broadcast begins @ 10:00 AM

(all times are MST)