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CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update?Apr 20, 2021 - The LoadoutCounter-Strike: Global Offensive is a game with many moving parts. As such, the game is in a constant state of flux, with developers Valve needing to push out updates every couple of weeks to keep the game's weapons and maps balanced. Valve's approach to updates are to keep them coming little and often, so you'll find the CS:GO patch notes aren't as meaty as some of the other games you play. While it might be disappointing to hear that the latest update isn't full of brand new content, you'll usually find the small fixes made here and there keep the game - and its players - in check. So if you're looking to grind one of the best competitive FPS games out there and climb the CS:GO ranks, you're going to want to stay on top of the comings and goings of the game. So, here are the last three CS:GO patch notes for your perusal. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder Valve reviews its CS:GO VAC ban policy, frees some professionals CS:GO crosshair guide: the best crosshairs to use in 2021 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update for 20 April 2021Apr 19, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...CS:GO gets OG Counter-Strike's Tuscan map on the Steam WorkshopApr 19, 2021 - PCGamesNLast year, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive community figure Nors3 revealed that - after years of fan speculation and hope - the classic fan-made Counter-Strike map Tuscan was getting an "official" remake. Crafted by its original creator Colin 'Brute' Volrath and popular community map Ruby's creator Catfood, the all-new Tuscan is still very much a work-in-progress, and so far we've only got a peep at it via a few tweets and a guided walkthrough clip. Now, however, it's come to the CS:GO Steam Workshop. Posted by Catfood on Steam Workshop, the new CS:GO version of Tuscan is tagged as 'WIP', and from the images included it's clear there's still a ways to go before it'll be a fully polished and complete map. Many of the floor, wall, and object textures aren't finished just yet - but, enough of the map is in place that we can get a really good idea of what the real deal will be when it arrives. Compared to the original version - and an older creation from 2015 still available on Steam Workshop - the latest remake is a much brighter map, with pastel-coloured buildings and plenty of sunshine beaming down onto it from a blue sky. It's aesthetically really appealing, with more intricate stonework walls and buildings this time around. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This fan-made CS:GO mod reworks classic map Office with a modern spin CS:GO pros in North America being investigated by FBI for match fixing A CS:GO fan has created a STALKER-style playable guitar Valve fix Steam security exploit after two yearsApr 19, 2021 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunLast week, hack-hunting group Secret Club revealed several exploits affecting some of Valve's games that could let hackers gain remote access to players' PCs. The group claimed they'd reported these exploits to Valve previously, but the company hadn't done anything about it - until now. Secret Club say Valve have fixed an exploit the company had supposedly known about for two years, which could've allowed hackers to steal player data through Steam invites. Read more Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunderApr 19, 2021 - The LoadoutReflecting on the ten-year anniversary of its inception, Virtus.pro has been sharing some fond memories and stories with fans from its journey in esports. But one story involving a suspect bank transfer from Counter-Strike developer Valve makes for particularly hilarious reading, with Virtus.pro being mistaken for a "borderline terrorist organisation", according to its owner. As part of the celebrations, Virtus.pro recalls that following the MLG Major Championship: Columbus in 2016, Valve began releasing money to teams that was generated by the sale of team-branded weapon stickers within the game. While team owners across CS:GO esports would be awaiting the money with open arms, Valve's wording on its payment to Virtus.pro almost landed the organisation in hot water. According to Anton Chereppenikov, the CEO and owner of ESforce, the group that owns Virtus.pro, "the employees of the Lithuanian bank with which we cooperated with at the time were shocked and frightened" after Valve's bank transfer was worded simply as "weapon sticker sales". Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Valve reviews its CS:GO VAC ban policy, frees some professionals CS:GO crosshair guide: the best crosshairs to use in 2021 New RMR Eligibility GuidelinesApr 16, 2021 - Community AnnouncementsAs we enter the 2021 RMR season, we’ve decided to revisit some of our event guidelines. Up until today, players were ineligible to participate in Valve-sponsored events if they had ever received a VAC-ban in CS:GO. These guidelines had not seen an update since the game was new and all CS:GO VAC bans were relatively recent. But VAC bans can now be more than 8 years old. So we’ve decided to update them. Moving forward, a VAC ban will only disqualify a player from an event if it was either received less than 5 years prior, or if it was received at any time after their first participation in a Valve-sponsored event (e.g., after participating in a qualifier for an RMR event). Note that VAC bans stay in place with all of their other effects; the only change is how they influence your eligibility to play in Valve-sponsored events. There are other reasons a player may not be eligible to participate in Valve-sponsored events. These remain unchanged. We hope you’re as excited as we are for the upcoming 2021 RMR events. Stay tuned for more information as we head toward the Stockholm Major this Fall!Release Notes for 4/16/2021Apr 16, 2021 - Community Announcements– Items purchased from the in-game store will not be tradable/marketable for one week. – Operation Cases redeemed as an operation reward will not be tradable/marketable for one week. – Items received from market-restricted containers will continue to be sellable immediately on the Steam Community Market. – Fixed a rare visual bug with equipped item indicators when equipping a default item into a loadout slot. – Various stability improvements.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update for 16 April 2021Apr 16, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...Valve reviews its CS:GO VAC ban policy, frees some professionalsApr 15, 2021 - The LoadoutAfter years of refusing to budge on the eligibility of VAC banned players, Valve has announced players who have five year old bans or more in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be able to play in Valve-sponsored events. This is a enormous U-turn from the publisher, which now means players like Elias 'Jamppi' Olkkonen who jumped ship to Valorant and Vinicius "v$m" Moreira, are now free to play CS:GO at the highest level. In an announcement post, Valve says that it's decided to revisit its event guidelines ahead of the 2021 RMR season. "Up until today, players were ineligible to participate in Valve-sponsored events if they had ever received a VAC-ban in CS:GO," Valve says. "These guidelines had not seen an update since the game was new and all CS:GO VAC bans were relatively recent. But VAC bans can now be more than eight years old. So we've decided to update them." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder CS:GO crosshair guide: the best crosshairs to use in 2021 This fan-made CS:GO mod reworks classic map Office with a modern spinApr 14, 2021 - PCGamesNIf you're a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fan who's into giving the FPS game's community creations a whirl, you'll know the CS:GO modding scene is thriving. Neat fan-made weapon skins and custom maps hit the multiplayer game's slice of Steam Workshop every day, but the past week or so has seen more than the usual number of impressive goodies. A new fan-made map by three CS:GO modders - Stefftek.de, アクアAqua, and Cloud - called CS_Bureau is one such treat. It's a hostage rescue map that takes inspiration from CS:GO's Office (CS_Office) map and reworks it, giving it a more modern flavour, as well as a bunch of easter eggs and other little titbits. The scenario hinges on a group of suspected terrorists' infiltration of a fictional marketing company in Germany, who have - as you'd expect - taken hostages. "Among the hostages is the managing director, for whom a ransom demand is outstanding," the creators explain. "The hostage-takers have locked themselves in the conference area of the restored office complex. The Federal Police's GSG9, a specially trained anti-terrorist unit, is tasked with freeing the hostages. Enter the complex. Shooting clearance has been given." Gulp. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO pros in North America being investigated by FBI for match fixing A CS:GO fan has created a STALKER-style playable guitar CS:GO's Broken Fang Premier mode is now unlocked for all players Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update for 14 April 2021Apr 13, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...CS:GO crosshair guide: the best crosshairs to use in 2021Apr 13, 2021 - The LoadoutWhether you're trying out Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the first time or you're looking to make those vital tweaks to up your game, everyone needs a reliable crosshair. It is not the only factor in one-tapping your way to glory, as things like your sensitivity, DPI settings, and even the refresh rate on your monitor can all be major contributors to your aim as a whole. However, investing the time into finding the best CS:GO crosshair that suits your personal playstyle is worth the effort. When you first start playing CS:GO, the default crosshair is a dynamic hulking neon yellow beast which may suit casual players or those just getting to grips with the competitive shooter just fine. However, as you look to improve your own performance and work your way through the CS:GO ranks, a custom CS:GO crosshair becomes a must-have. Are you someone who likes to frag across the map? You're more likely to have a wider crosshair with a central dot, whereas an entry fragger playing up close is better suited to a tighter crosshair with thicker outlines. To get you started, here's everything you need to know about CS:GO crosshairs, including how to set one up, what settings you'll need to pay attention to, and what some of the top professionals use. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder Valve reviews its CS:GO VAC ban policy, frees some professionals flusha leaves Fnatic for new CS:GO ventureApr 12, 2021 - The LoadoutCounter-Strike: Global Offensive veteran Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist has left Fnatic for a third time, 15 months after rejoining the organisation. The 27-year-old will be joining a number of other notable CS:GO pros - who are all currently benched or inactive at their current teams - in a new venture, which according to the player has the backing of a yet to be revealed organisation. The Swede's latest stint with Fnatic began in September 2019, but flusha has been sat on the sidelines since January after he was benched. Three months later, he has finally been released. In a statement, Fnatic's head coach Andreas Samuelsson describes flusha as "one of the smartest and most iconic players in CS:GO history." Following Fnatic's announcement, flusha revealed his next steps. The veteran will be forming a new roster, featuring some well-known names that are all currently looking for a new home. They are Miikka 'suNny' Kemppi, Jere '⁠sergej⁠' Salo (both previously ENCE), Rokas 'EspiranTo⁠' Milasauskas (previously c0ntact) and Buğra '⁠Calyx' Arkin (previously Envy). Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder Valve reviews its CS:GO VAC ban policy, frees some professionals CS:GO veteran RpK to step down from Team Vitality rosterApr 12, 2021 - The LoadoutTeam Vitality has announced that its veteran Counter-Strike: Global Offensive rifler, Cédric 'RpK' Guipouy, will be stepping down from its roster after the BLAST Premier Spring Showdown. The 31-year-old Frenchman, who has been playing competitive Counter-Strike since the late 2000s, will be leaving the active roster after the tournament, which gets underway tomorrow and concludes on April 18. The experienced rifler has been with Vitality since it first entered the CS:GO scene in 2018, and has also represented big names such as G2 and Team Envy. In a tweet following Vitality's announcement, RpK says he will "give it his best for the boys" in his final competition for the team, which has recently been on a run of poor results. In Vitality's announcement post, head coach Rémy 'XTQZZZ' Quoniam says that dropping the veteran from the roster has been a "tough decision" and admits it wasn't easy to "let a legendary, inspiring, and consistent player such as RpK step back from competition." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO patch notes: what's new in the latest update? Virtus.pro mistaken for terrorist group after 2016 CS:GO prize money blunder Valve reviews its CS:GO VAC ban policy, frees some professionals Source Engine exploits could let hackers remotely access players' PCsApr 12, 2021 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunHack-hunting group Secret Club have revealed multiple exploits affecting Source Engine games like CS:GO, which could allow hackers to steal player data via Steam invites and community servers. They claim they reported one of these exploits to Valve two years ago, but not only are the company yet to patch it, but they allegedly prevented Secret Club from publicly disclosing the information too. Read more The Road to Stockholm 2021Apr 7, 2021 - Community Announcements{STEAM_CLAN_IMAGE}/3381077/c2f03ea932ad8e663b12b93ab5d06edd1f2ed905.png We’re gearing up for the road to Stockholm 2021, starting with the first series of RMR events! Over the next several days we’ll announce events for each region, so stay tuned. If you’d like to learn more about the RMR events, visit our FAQ. And with the 2021 RMR events fast approaching, it’s time to move on from last year’s results. All 2020 RMR sticker capsules are now on sale–if you’ve been waiting, now is a great time to take another look!Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update for 7 April 2021Apr 6, 2021 - SteamDB Read patchnotes on SteamDB...ESIC say they're working with FBI in fight against CSGO match fixingApr 6, 2021 - Rock, Paper, ShotgunAs esports becomes bigger business, it's beginning to deal with the issues faced by more mainstream sports. That includes betting and match fixing scandals. The commissioner of the Esports Integrity Commission says that they're now working with law enforcement, including the FBI, to help combat the problem in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Read more CS:GO pros in North America being investigated by FBI for match fixingApr 4, 2021 - PCGamesNA group of North American Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros are under investigation from the FBI, according to the Esports Integrity Commission. The ESIC is being assisted by law enforcement on multiple levels in tracking down offenders who fix matches in the FPS game. Speaking with YouTuber Slash32 (ta, Kotaku), Ian Smith, the commissioner of the ESIC, says the commission is on the trail of "a relatively small but significant group of players." These pros have been perpetrating what he'd describe as "classic match fixing" in North American tournaments, and the level of organisation, and length of time, has led to involvement from the FBI. "To some extent we're working with law enforcement and the FBI, who only recently have had a sports betting investigative unit within the FBI," Smith explains. "They're good, but they're inexperienced, because sports betting has never been a big thing in America until recently, so everybody's kind of finding their feet on that one." This is for the North American branch of the ESEA MDL in particular, where esports gambling is relatively new, and laws can vary by state, making it even more difficult. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: A CS:GO fan has created a STALKER-style playable guitar CS:GO's Broken Fang Premier mode is now unlocked for all players CS:GO fan makes Nuke lore-inspired 'Tales of Cedar Creek' weapon skin line The FBI is investigating Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheatingApr 4, 2021 - EurogamerThe FBI is reportedly investigating cheating in professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches in North America. As spotted by Kotaku, the commissioner of the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC), Ian Smith, said the organisation was working alongside the FBI on an ongoing investigation into "a relatively small but significant group of players over a long period of time, organising match fixing in North American MDL". " what I would describe as classic match-fixing - players being bribed by outside betting syndicates in order to fix matches, rather than players just doing it off their own bat opportunistically. It's been going on for longer, it's much more organised," Smith told YouTuber slash32. Read more