CounterStrike: Global Offensive
Since it’s initial release back in 2012, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or CS:GO, has become one of the most popular first-person shooters out there. CS:GO had already passed Minecraft as the best-selling PC game of all time by 2016, with over 25 million copies sold. By the end of 2018, Valve made CS:GO free to play for all fans, and since then it has developed a huge and established fan base. The game is popular on both PC and console, originally released for the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360. This fanbase still continues to grow larger and larger and Esports coverage continues to become more and more mainstream and accessible. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can be watched on Twitch all year long, but popularity usually ramps up around the CS:GO Major Championships. The inaugural tournament was held back in 2013, with a total prize pool of $250,000 and 16 teams taking part. As of 2019, those numbers have soared, events now featuring 24 teams and prize pools of over $1,000,000 USD. Not only do CS:GO teams now earn much bigger payouts for going deep in the Major tournaments; the top 8 teams now earn an automatic bid into the next Major tournament as well. 2019 has seen some of the most exciting, nail-biting CS:GO competitions ever, and has been attracting more and more fans. Yet more and more fans are enjoying adding a little spice to the events by betting on the best CS:GO teams and players in the world.
IS CS:GO FREE TO PLAY?
Yes, CS:GO is now free-to-play. Since when is CS:GO free? As well as making the game available to all Steam players back in December 2018, Valve announced a new battle royale game-mode known as Danger Zone. When players log in for a session of CS:GO, their game files are automatically updated on Steam to include the new Danger Zone mode. This CS:GO update will include automatic upgrade to Prime Status for free. Danger Zone is a fast-paced battle royale game built on the original CS:GO’s tactical gameplay. Matches feature 18 players, each equipped with a tablet offering intel on other players. Players should either fight and engage or approach each combat situation as they see fit. Players drop into an arena called Blacksite, in which they can choose exactly where they want to enter the map, similar to games like Fortnite and PUBG, giving players a tactical advantage from the start of each game. Every match includes a set of items like pistols, rifles, heavy weapons, and SMGs taken from the long list of weapons in CS:GO. When things get sticky, players can choose to use their Midi-Shot to recover and jump back into the fight, players getting a temporary speed boost when doing so. The entire arena is flush with money, weapons, and other equipment to keep you alive during each round, and special deliveries are dropped from the sky occasionally also. There are also special missions players can attempt in order to earn more than their opponents. For new players who have not yet reached Prime Status, there is a pay their way option available: paying in will cost $14.99 for players new to CS:GO, meaning is CS:GO free? Otherwise CS:GO is completely free to play. The last CS:GO update took place back on November 4th and there were significant changes made to Breach. As well as these Breach tweaks, the latest CS:GO patch changes new players’ default mode to Casual. New CS:GO patch notes are regularly released
WHERE TO GET YOUR CS:GO DOWNLOAD?
Where can I get my CS:GO download you ask? The game is now officially free to download in the Steam Store. In 2018 Valve announced that CS:GO will be available to download for free, ahead of the 13th Major in the game’s history, FACEIT London. All of its features including online play are available for FREE. CS:GO does have a prime badge at the end of the game, which is just to show your loyalty against the other players and to Valve. So what are you waiting for, go get your CS:GO download now!
HOW DOES CS:GO BETTING WORK?
One of the main elements that makes CS:GO so attractive as a spectator sport is its simplicity and watchability, meaning viewers can follow and understand what is going on with ease. Unlike esports like League of Legends or Dota 2, in which the learning curve can be very high in terms of playing styles, strategies and unique abilities, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a first-person shooter in which each team has straight-forward and achievable objectives. That is what makes CS:GO an excellent esport for both casual new fans and pros alike, to watch and also bet on. CS:GO betting works in the same way that traditional sports-betting does. The most standard way of betting on a game is simply to bet on which team will win the game outright. There are other betting options as well, ranging from betting on the duration of specific in-game events. Regardless of what type of bet you choose to make on CS:GO action there are usually always betting odds on them. Strong teams expected to win usually pay less than the underdogs and such differences are often reflected in the available odds.
WHAT ARE THE BEST CS:GO BETTING SITES?
There are tons of sportsbook operators out there and figuring out who to choose from and where to bet on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. One of the best options available is GG.bet. While prop bets are usually available on many different sites, GG.bet often post lines on events and props long before many of the other online operators do. This early access gives punters the option to get their Counter Strike bets locked in at a set price they like before other sportsbooks even get their odds out. For punters who want to keep things simple and stick to the moneylines just about any online sportsbook will do, including Arcanebet and Rivalry. Before you decide on which sportsbook to deposit with, have a look around and compare your odds to see which one fits best for you.
CS:GO BETTING ODDS EXPLAINED
Depending on the sportsbook you choose to make your Counter Strike bets on, betting odds are generally listed in one of a few formats; American odds or decimal odds. Both are explained in this section, so that you CS:GO fans will feel familiar when reading odds in whatever format they are displayed. Example case study: in a theoretical CS:GO match between AVANGAR and Fnatic, AVANGAR would be heavy favorites to win. As such, in American odds, this game could theoretically be listed as AVANGAR (-500) vs. Fnatic (+350). When a number has a “-” in front of it, this number is an indicator of how much cash you would have to risk to win $100. So in the above example, at -500 you would have to risk $500 on AVANGAR to win $100. The ratio remains the same no matter what the bet amount, so you could also bet $10 to win $2 or $100 to win $20. An underdog is indicated by the “+”, and this number reflects how much money you would profit on a bet of $100. In the case of Fnatic at +350, a $10 would pay a profit of $35 if Fnatic pulls off an upset. Decimal odds reveal your whole payout rather than just your profit. Using the same example match and odds, decimal odds would be listed as AVANGAR at (1.20) vs. Fnatic at (4.50). So betting $50 on AVANGAR, $500 x 1.2 = $60, which is your original wager plus a profit of $100. Similarly, a $100 bet on Dnatic at 4.5 will pay $10 x 4.5 = $45, your original $10 plus a profit of $35.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF CS:GO BETS
- Total Rounds
- PropositionBetting (aka Prop Bets)
- Most kills?
- Round Advantage?
- Winner of Dreamhack
- Winner of IEM Katowice
WHAT KIND OF COUNTER STRIKE BETS CAN I MAKE?
The example of AVANGAR vs. Fnatic above is a moneyline bet in which a CS:GO punter is betting simply on which team will win the match. However, there are other ways to wager on matches such as betting on teams ‘against the spread’. When betting against the spread an AVANGAR fan who believes that his team will cruise to an easy victory over Fnatic can earn a much bigger payout than the -500 offered by betting on Fnatic. The game might have a spread of AVANGAR (-4.5 rounds, -130) vs. Fnatic (+4.5, -110). A bet on AVANGAR -6.5 will pay out if Fnatic wins the game by five rounds or more, such as a final score of 16 to 10. Betting on Fnatic at +4.5, your bet would win if Fnatic pull off an upset or if they lose by four or less, such as AVANGAR winning 16-14. Rather than picking a side against the spread or ‘on the moneyline’, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive punters can also wager on a game going OVER or UNDER a specific number of rounds. Most matches have a total set at 25.5 or 26.5, and punters can wager on the combined final score being over or under this specific amount. From the examples above, an AVANGAR victory by a scoreline of 16-7 would equal a total of 23 rounds and pay out any UNDER bets. The 16-14 scenario would be a total of 30 rounds and pay out the OVER wagers. As well as this, there are also lots of in-game options to wager on as well. Rounds 1 and 16 are known in CS:GO as the ‘pistol rounds’ because of the fact that players begin these rounds with pistols as their weapons. These games set the tone early on on a map and can be wagered on as individual events. For example, if you wagered on a team to win Round 16 and they do but ultimately lose the game, your bet is still a winner as that is what you were betting on. Also, some sportsbooks offer what is known as ‘prop bets’ on individual players and how they will perform against one another. So a prop bet might determine which player between two choices will get the most kills during the match or the most headshots etc.. Prop bets like this mean CS:GO punters can take advantage of their knowledge of their favourite players’ strengths and weaknesses.
WHAT ARE CS:GO SKINS?
In general, a CS:GO skin is an alternate outfit or design of some sort, and can be either for a character or an item. In CS:GO a skin, also known as a “finish” is usually a unique visual design for a firearm or a knife. CS:GO skins don’t actually impact on an item or firearm’s performance. Instead they are really just there to look fabulous. So a skin in CS:GO is a purely cosmetic item, meaning that it only affects the look of a weapon, not its firepower. For example, the P90 submachine gun behaves exactly the same in game regardless of whether it comes in the Leather or Sand Spray skins.
CS:GO skins are available in a number of different quality grades, which signify a skin’s rarity and therefore impact its value. The grades in order from lowest to highest rarity are: Consumer Grade (Common), Industrial Grade (Uncommon), Mil-Spec Grade (Rare), Restricted (Mythical), Classified (Legendary), Covert (Ancient) and Gold (Exceedingly Rare). Players receive skins as rewards for playing CS:GO, either on official or community servers, in loot drops that occur on a regular basis. Players also occasionally receive “weapon cases” as loot drops or rewards for certain missions. A lot of CS:GO transactions take place outside of the Steam Market which means that trades and purchases of Global Offensive skins, with no price limits can occur on websites like CSGOShop and OPSkins, both of which allow players to cash out funds received from skin sales to services such as PayPal.