About the game
Developed by Minh "Gooseman" Le and Jess "Cliffe" Cliffe as a Half-Life mod, Counter-Strike IP was bought by Valve, who transformed it into a global powerhouse and a rock-solid standard by which all shooters are eventually measured.
Valve shut down CS:GO and Dota 2 item trading in Netherlands
The Dutch weren't kidding when they said they'll prosecute makers of games that contain loot boxes and Valve seems to be the first in line, resulting in the developer suspending CS:GO and Dota 2 marketplace trading until further notice.
Valve are preparing a major overhaul for CS:GO called Panorama UI
After much teasing Valve have started testing a major visual overhaul for Counter Strike: Global Offensive called Panorama UI. The new update aims to bring better performance, more visually pleasing menus and in-game quality of life tweaks.
Valve have finally created Steam Chat, currently in beta phase
Steam users will soon finally be able to have voice chat on the platform, as Valve have introduced the feature in Steam's client beta. It remains to be seen whether it will gain traction, due to Discord's massive popularity as of late.
Astralis beats Team Liquid 2-0 in the ECS Season 5 Grand Finals
Astralis have won the fifth season of ECS in London after meeting Team Liquid in the Grand Finals. The fan favourite won two maps in the row where they showed magnificent team play. The Danish roster took home the grand prize of $250,000.
CS:GO champ Olofmeister will sit out the 2018 ECS Finals
With Friday closing in we are taking a closer look at the 660,000$ ECS Season 5 Finals that is happening in SSE Arena, Wembley, London. With only eight CS:GO teams remaining we can scarcely to speculate which one will claim the ECS throne.
Belgian Gaming Commission wants to prosecute loot box peddlers
Belgian Gaming Commission has suggested that criminal prosecution should be enforced against Electronic Arts, Activision Blizzard and Valve due to loot boxes in FIFA, Overwatch and Counter Strike: Global Offensive and their gambling nature.
Belgium bans loot boxes, punishments include prison, fines
The Belgian Gaming Commission has found FIFA 18, Overwatch and Counter Strike: Global Offensive to be in violation of gambling regulations in the country, due to the games containing loot boxes. Battlefront 2, however, is on the green.
Valve fined $3 million over Steam's refund policy in Australia
Valve's court case dating back to 2014 has come back to haunt them, when Australian judiciary found Steam's refund policy to be misleading. The High Court of Australia has dismissed Valve's appeal, which means they owe Aussies $3 million.
Over 100.000 players don't want Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's rule change
Valve have recently changed Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's trading system, prompting an outrage within their community. The new system requires players to wait for seven days before trading their items, and they clearly don't want to.
The top per cent best sellers on Steam earned half the Steam's revenue in 2017
SteamSpy has revealed the top 20 best earners on Steam for 2017. According to the service, they almost earned as much money as the rest of 21000 games on Steam. While not 100 per cent correct, these numbers are the best estimate up to date.