#260 CS:Go-ing to follow the TF2 market model

A major update was sent out by Valve earlier today that announced that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be introducing a slew of new trade-able collectible skins, knifes and special creates that can only be opened by buying keys from the in-game store. The update is to provide a new and streamlined method for the CounterStrike community to raise funding for future eSports tournaments events/prizes, with a portion of all of eSports case keys going back into the community.

which is an interesting idea and I hope other companies would adopt this method for future eSport tournaments.

which is an interesting idea and I hope other companies would adopt this method for future eSport tournaments.

While I do criticize Team Fortress 2 for the rampart addition immersion breaking hats and weapons, and the shift of the player’s focus in the game, it will be interesting to see how the Counter-Strike community will react and adapt to the introduction of cosmetic and trade-able goods.

uh oh purple weapons

uh oh, purple and multi-colored weapons

As of right now the update provides the players with a rather small item pool, and with the more realistic CS:GO art direction it will limit the amount of items to add later and while still placing the game behind a pay wall it will be interesting to see if item trading will take over as the metagame for the Counter-Strike community.

I will say this update has kindled my interest in the game, enough to dust off the game from my backlog, but I am more interested in seeing whether or not Valve will be able to make lighting strike twice (technically trice if you include Dota 2) in trying to create a vibrant player run economy. 


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