Valve Has Released a Free Edition of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Dexerto

Valve Has Released a Free Edition of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Published: 31/Aug/2018 12:51 Updated: 31/Aug/2018 13:03

by Ross Deason


Valve has released a free-to-play version of CS:GO that could work as a gateway for potential players wanting to try before they buy.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Free Edition will give players free access to offline play against bots and the ability to spectate matches through GOTV.

That means that anyone that owns the Free Edition will be prevented from playing any form of online match, whether it be matchmaking, casual games or competitive play through a client like FACEIT.

Of course, with no campaign mode or offline story, playing CS:GO offline is never going to come close to the full Counter-Strike experience, but it could open the door to players that want to try it out in its most basic form before shelling out $15 to own it in full.

With a reputation for a steep learning curve hard-to-master mechanics, CS:GO is a daunting game for many casual players, but having the opportunity to find out whether you can get the hang of those mechanics for free could make all the difference.

The move by Valve could also be evidence of them dipping their toes into the world of free-to-play games and a sign that the full version of CS:GO could follow suit some time in the future.

Prominent members of the Counter-Strike community like Duncan ‘Thorin’ Shields and Richard Lewis have expressed a desire to see the game go free-to-play one day, saying that it could open up a whole new market and breathe new life into the title.


Why JKS is the perfect fit for blameF’s Complexity | Richard Lewis

Published: 30/Oct/2020 11:22

by Daniel Cleary


Following 100 Thieves’ departure from Counter-Strike and after weeks of speculation about the former roster, Justin ‘JKS’ Savage finally confirmed his next step in a move to Complexity’s Juggernaut lineup, alongside captain Benjamin ‘blameF’ Bremer.

Richard Lewis breaks down this roster move in his latest video for Dexerto and takes a look at why the signing of JKS could be exactly what this Complexity lineup needs to improve.

Replacing young CS:GO star Owen ‘oBo’ Schlatter, who wanted to return to North America to compete, Savage will have a big role to play on his new team.

With consistent fragging abilities and after coming back off multiple top-two finishes in his final run with 100 Thieves, including a finals appearance in the ESL Pro League, Richard Lewis also highlighted just how much potential the Australian pro has to work with.

However, as BLAST Premier Fall is now underway, JKS will be looking to replicate those performances once again and help this Juggernaut roster, led by blameF, to find more success in the coming months.