If it’s one thing I miss, it’s my glory Counter-Strike days. I used to be amazing - my spray and pray tactics yielded more headshots than a typical episode of The Walking Dead! That time is long gone sadly, as each time I give Valve’s bomb-defuse simulator a go, I end up rage quitting thanks to some pro shooting me through a wall from the other side of the map with a glock while aiming at the ground with their eyes closed. No really, the game takes true skill*, which is why only the best can have a shot at the large prize pool in the upcoming CS:GO World Championships.
In a world of ever-increasing prize pools, the Electronic Sports League (ESL) is determined to stay relevant. They are announcing a bunch of tournaments this year that will get a lot of attention thanks to some impressive prizes - while Dota has the top spot, even CS: GO is nothing to sneeze at.
It’s been a year of ups and downs for Counter-Strike. There’s been scandal, hacking, drama, and lots of other words with bad connotations! On the plus side though, it could get its very own International-like tournament similar to Dota 2 in 2015. It wasn’t all doom and gloom this year anyway, there were some outstanding moments! One YouTube user has racked them up (his personal favourites) into a neat top 10 video.
Old school shooter Counter-Strike has maps that are the stuff of legends. No really, I promise you there are levels that aren’t Dust2. One of my favourites is Train, the stage that’s packed with… well you know what. Valve felt that the map had reached the end of its line, and decided to build a new one from scratch.
DreamHack Winter 2014 took place this weekend, bringing some top teams together to battle it out for some amazing loot (MONEY). Unfortunately, the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene suffered a blow just a few days before the start of the tournament thanks to three of its top players being banned for hacking. That wasn’t the last controversy though. In one of the event’s quarterfinal games, a team used a questionable tactic to gain an advantage which helped them pull off an amazing comeback. They then went on to forfeit.
DreamHack Winter 2014 kicks off on the 27th of November which is this Thursday.Three top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have received in-game bans through VAC. This has raised questions on not only their previous performances (tournaments and such that they have won), but also the horrible thought that other players of the same calibre could be using this specific cheat too.
It’s quite something to see how our local eSport scene is developing. rAge alone had insanely high prize pools, something which made me incredibly happy. We’re not done for the year though, as there are still other tournaments taking place. One is the Orena Lifechild Invitational. It will not only bring together top Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams for a shot at a possible R75000+ prize pool, it will also raise funds for charity.
Just under a month ago, I told you that Energy eSports are headed to the Electronic Sports World Cup to play Counter-Strike Global Offensive. They will not only gain invaluable experience, but also stand a chance to walk away with a (hopefully large) slice of the $50 000 prize pool. ASUS have just come on board, and will be sponsoring the team some top gaming laptops that will allow them to practice in Paris before the tournament starts.
Damn, the ESWC might need to find a new name, because we all know eSports ain’t sports (according to some people and their dictionaries). Like last year, the event will be hosted by France during Paris Games Week. Local team Energy eSports will be there again, except instead of clicking things in Dota 2, they will be shooting stuff in Counter-Strike-Global Offensive.
Valve isn't just about Steam, you know. They are also the brains behind Dota 2 and Counter-Strike. Those brains are being rewarded with the success of The International, and they might want to give similar treatment to other games in Valve's stable.
[Update] This appears to have been fake. The description in Swedish apparently refers to a different item. Well it was fun while it lasted
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Virtual goods being sold for real money isn’t a new thing and them being sold for ludicrous amounts of money isn’t new either. But I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that someone just paid a quarter of a million Rand ($23850) for a virtual knife in Counter Strike.
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