The Game Awards might be taking place later tonight, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait several hours for all the big news. In fact, Valve decided to drop some just a bit ago regarding its popular shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

As of today, the highly competitive game is now available to everyone as a free-to-play offering. This isn’t one of those “kinda free,” or trial things; we’re talking the full game.

For players looking to hop into the game — or existing players who wonder how this change will affect them — its important to note that “Prime Status” still exists and will be a factor in how players are matched. Prime Status is available to players one of two ways: by reaching Rank 21 and adding an eligible phone number to your Steam account, or by purchasing it. Members with Prime Status will always be matched with each other.

Prime Status members will also be eligible for certain perks, such as the exclusive Danger Zone Souvenier MP5-SD|Lab Rats. Anyone who owned CS:GO before the change will automatically be upgraded to Prime Status automatically.

Accompanying the F2P announcement is the introduction of the Danger Zone, CS:GO’s take on the battle royale genre, where up to 18 players are dropped on a map and must fight to survive. The mode allows players to play in squads of two or three as well as solo, and each player is equipped with a tablet that allows them to track things on the map.

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  1. cancer on December 13, 2018

    VALVE WENT FULL *YEEET* MODE

  2. CookieHat on December 7, 2018

    Stream platform was pretty fun back early year 2011. I played only one game which is team fortress 2 only and that the end of the stick. No more permanently using stream up this year 2018.

  3. Coolcat on December 7, 2018

    Hey MMO Bomb Team can you add that game to the list shooter. it will be a great help if someone was new to this game or looking for a online shooter game.

  4. PuddingBear on December 7, 2018

    …-_-‘ why?

  5. ZerkForMore on December 7, 2018

    Welcome back cheaters! Worst decision ever made by valve! Following the trend is not always a good thing to do.

  6. Jayce on December 6, 2018

    I believe this isn’t Valve being generous, this decisions was more likely due to comply with some EU counties regulations on Microtransactions which at the time banned certain microtransactions and loot creates and branding it free 2 play was quickest and simplest way to re-enable transactions to those countries. Where in truth the game is far from Free 2 Play, you only get to play with bots and you need “Prime Statue” to play competitive modes which costs the price of the original retail cost anyway..

    If anything, this has probably attracted more cheaters to the game due to the quick gameplay and faster profiles from selling end game drops rewards and creates.

  7. rickshaw on December 6, 2018

    I think the violin has been way over played and is now becoming shattered wood along with snapped gut strings to boot!. ๐Ÿ™‚

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