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M4A4 Howl CSGO skin reportedly sells for world-record $100,000

Published: 6/Jul/2020 23:13 Updated: 7/Jul/2020 12:28

by Bill Cooney

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It’s no secret that some CS:GO skins are literally worth their pixels in gold, but a recent sale of one skin for around $100,000 could take the cake as the most expensive transaction in the game’s history.

A vast amount of skins in CS:GO can already fetch thousands of dollars apiece due to their rarity, or other factors, but none come close to insane price one Chinese collector apparently paid for the StatTrak M4A4 Howl with 4 iBUYPOWER Katowice 2014 stickers.

ohnePixel - TwitterThe 4 iBUYPOWER Katowice 2014 stickers have apparently turned this StatTrak M4A4 Howl into the most expensive CSGO skin ever.

To put things in perspective, the price for a Factory New (0.009136963) wear rating StatTrak version of the M4A4 Howl (without IBP stickers) is pegged at roughly $5,180 currently, which is chump change compared to this version.

According to prominent CS:GO economist ohnePixel on Twitter, the Chinese collector in question forked over $100,000 cash for this ultra-rare cosmetic, and has now turned around and is asking $130,000 in resale.

Previous reports had set the sale price at $130,000 but the $100,000 that was apparently actually paid is still more than enough to set the record for the most expensive CS:GO skin ever.

For instance, in our CS.Money list of the 20 most expensive CS:GO skins, the top item was the Souvenir AWP (Dragon Lore) at $19,632.80, which doesn’t even come close to the six-digit price tag for this $100,000 StatTrak M4A4 Howl.

The reason it’s so expensive compared to other similar skins is because of the iBUYPOWER stickers from Katowice 2014, which are rare simply because, back when they came out, the player base was smaller, with fewer people to buy them. Now with the worldwide appeal of CS:GO, they’ve become some of the hottest collector items on the market.

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Who knew such a simple sticker could be worth so much?

This isn’t to say that your M4A4 Howl skin (if you have one) will eventually be worth that much, because this whole situation seems to be a result of the rare stickers that were included, and the wild world of Chinese CS:GO skin trading, which could be a whole other story in of itself.

If anything, what we can all take away from this $100,000 CS:GO skin purchase is: if you have a fairly valuable skin, and some fairly valuable stickers, it might be worth hanging on to them and seeing what you can get a little way down the road, instead of just cashing in right away.

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Jamppi to Valorant? VAC banned CSGO pro considering switch following legal proceedings

Published: 15/Jan/2021 12:58 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 13:00

by Connor Bennett

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A new report from a Finnish newspaper has suggested that VAC banned CSGO pro Elias ‘Jamppi⁠’ Olkkonen is considering a switch to Valorant as he steps down from ENCE. 

For a few year, Jamppi has been considered as one of Counter-Strike’s biggest rising stars. The 19-year-old was set to join the OG roster following their step into CS:GO, however, that move fell through.

The problem is, the Finnish star has a VAC ban to his name, so, he can’t play in CS:GO’s premier events – the Majors – even though a number of tournament organizers have allowed him to play in their own events.

With him and his family contesting the ban, Jamppi joined ENCE in the hopes that, at some point, he’d be able to play at Majors. However, there have been a few missteps in his argument, and he hasn’t come any closer to having the VAC ban taken away. That, alongside some roster turmoil with ENCE, has got him seemingly considering his options.

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Jamppi was VAC banned in 2015 at the age of 14.

According to a report from the Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, the 19-year-old is apparently considering a switch to VALORANT as ENCE considers a number of roster moves.

It comes after a report from DBLTap’s Jarek ‘DeKay’ Lewis stated that ENCE were in discussions with Danish duo Marco ‘Snappi’ Pfeiffer and Thomas ‘TMB’ Bundsbæk about joining up with their active lineup alongside Aleksi ‘allu⁠’ Jalli, Joonas ‘doto⁠’ Forss, and Tuomas ‘SADDYX⁠’ Louhimaa.

That, ultimately, leaves Jamppi without a spot as the CS:GO 2021 season starts to ramp up in preparation for the PGL Stockholm Major in October.

CS:GO pro Jamppi in ENCE interview
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Jamppi is considering a switch to VALORANT, according to reports.

If he decides to go to VALORANT, as IS reports, Jamppi would join a list of other CS:GO pros who have been banned from playing at a Major – including Joshua ‘steel’ Nissan and Braxton ‘Swag’ Pierce.

As for where he could go, well, there are a few teams who would certainly make space for the 19-year-old – especially if he could show as much promise in the Riot Games shooter as he does in CS:GO. So, we’ll just have to wait and see.