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This fan-made CS:GO map lets you tackle Wingman mode in a London Tube stationSep 22, 2020 - PCGamesNAlongside the main game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has a pretty active custom map creator community - and one new, particularly impressive fan-made map lets you hare around a (fictional) London Underground train station. The map, titled 'Oyster' - presumably after the travel card - is for the FPS game's 2v2 Wingman mode, and sees you battle it out in an "under construction" Tube station, Aldham East. The map was made for the recent Source Engine Discord Wingman mapping competition, creator and level designer Sol Williams explains in a press release. As you can see in the cinematic showcase clip of the map below, while the station itself is fictional, it's hugely faithful to the look and feel of London's underground network of tube stations, from its advert-covered white tiled corridors to the signs, escalators, and - heck! - even its litter bins. "Fifteen stories beneath the streets, within the thick concrete of an under-construction station," the trailer says, "an organised eastern European agent is to attempt an attack", in order to destroy a bunch of historical artefacts hidden underneath the station's floor. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: The story of Counter-Strike's de_dust2_long, as told by its creator The best sniper games on PC CS:GO will hold its first LAN tournament in six months in December The story of Counter-Strike's de_dust2_long, as told by its creatorSep 21, 2020 - PCGamesNIn late August, a Twitter user asked their followers if they had any achievements that were completely inconsequential, but which they held dear nonetheless. One reply stood out. "Back in 2005, I came up with a rough modification of an already existing Counter-Strike 1.6 map, which became popular worldwide and it's still being played to this day," Ramiro Olivencia, of Santa Fe, Argentina, tweeted. "It's called de_dust2_largo." Searching for Counter-Strike 1.6 servers in Argentina in the mid-2000s always yielded similar results. Dozens of players gathered in room after virtual room, playing the same map until sunrise. It wasn't the famous Dust2, but rather a modification of it that went on to carve out its own place in history, known in the rest of the world as 'de_dust2_long'. But no one knew who to give credit to until Olivencia tweeted about it. He never acknowledged how successful his creation had been, both inside and outside South America. 15 years later, the reaction to his revelation still leaves him shocked to the core. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This fan-made CS:GO map lets you tackle Wingman mode in a London Tube station The best sniper games on PC CS:GO will hold its first LAN tournament in six months in December CS:GO will hold its first LAN tournament in six months in DecemberSep 18, 2020 - PCGamesNFor the bulk of the year, in-person esports events have been off the table, with tournament organisers scrambling to set up online events to take the place of LAN-based on-site events. ESL has announced that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will return to LAN format for the IEM Global Challenge this December to crown this year's champion in the multiplayer game. The Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge is slated for December 15-20, and will take place in Cologne, Germany. The tournament will feature the top eight teams from IEM New York 2020, IEM Beijing-Haidian 2020, and DreamHack Open Fall 2020, all competing for a chance at an Intel Grand Slam and a slice of a $500,000 USD purse. Those qualifying events will still be held online. IEM New York is set for October 6-25, the DreamHack Open will run October 15-25, and the IEM Beijing-Haidian tournament will pit the winners of IEM NY and DreamHack against each other November 6-22. Each step along the way is another chance at qualifying for the Global Challenge and a cash prize. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: This fan-made CS:GO map lets you tackle Wingman mode in a London Tube station The story of Counter-Strike's de_dust2_long, as told by its creator The best sniper games on PC Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update for 17 September 2020Sep 17, 2020 - SteamDBRead patchnotes on SteamDB...Making fake CSGO cheats that sabotage would-be cheaters is an amazing ideaSep 17, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The war between cheaters and anti-cheat technology might be endless, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with it. I’m delighted to learn about the work of “ScriptKid”, a fella who releases fake cheats that actually sabotage games for would-be cheaters. Wrong’uns go to Google looking for free cheats, find the fake cheat site he’s set up, download and run his fake cheats, then… find they’re forced to jump off buildings to their death in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, or their movement keys screw up, or their gun stops working, or worse. He uploads videos of would-be cheaters getting pranked, and it’s quite cathartic to watch. (more…) Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and XiztSep 16, 2020 - The LoadoutDignitas has dropped veteran Counter-Strike duo Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT⁠' Alesund and Richard 'Xizt⁠' Landström from its starting roster after a string of poor performances. The two Swedes, who were both long-serving members of Ninjas In Pyjama's iconic CS:GO roster before reuniting at Dignitas, have been benched because "recent results have failed to live up to fans' expectations," according to a statement from the organisation. Dignitas also says news on the two players' replacements would be shared "early next week." In a tweet of his own, GeT_RiGhT expresses his agreement with Dignitas' "correct decision" and admits that he had been weighing up his future with the team for some time due to his health conditions. While GeT_RiGhT was one of the world's greatest and most successful players in the mid 2010s, tournament wins have been few and far between for the 30-year-old in recent years. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO rosterSep 16, 2020 - The LoadoutDespite the ongoing global pandemic, professional CS:GO players haven't had a moment's rest thanks to online tournaments. The CS:GO community recently saw the effects of exhaustion when Lukas 'gla1ve' Rossander and Andreas 'Xyp9x' Højsleth decided to step down from the Astralis starting lineup, with gla1ve in particular citing burnout and stress symptoms. Ninjas in Pyjamas has now made the decision to place Tim 'nawwk' Jonasson on medical leave for the rest of ESL Pro League. The reason for nawwk's medical leave has not been officially disclosed by NiP, though Jonas Gundersen, NiP's chief operating officer, was quick to dispel any rumours of burnout. When Astralis star, Peter 'dupreeh' Rasmussen suggested nawwk was suffering from burnout on Twitter, Gundersen responded with this : "Just for the record: Burnout is mentioned nowhere. Exhaustion can be many things, whereas burnout is an entirely different topic." By placing nawwk on medical leave, NiP hopes to avoid further problems in the future by ensuring he is able to recover before any big events. It looks like NiP want to have nawwk back in the team for the next RMR tournament, though there is no telling when that will happen. Last week, Valve and ESL officially cancelled the Rio 2020 CS:GO Major which was set to take place in November. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps backSep 15, 2020 - The LoadoutAstralis Group has decided to merge the branding of all its esports teams to coincide with its most famous and successful squad, the Astralis CS:GO team. The name, iconic logo, and 'To the stars' slogan of Astralis will now be adopted by the group's two other teams: LEC League of Legends team Origen and the Future FC FIFA esports brand. Astralis Group has always tried to keep its three esports brands separate and leave the Astralis title exclusively for the CS:GO team that made it such a recognisable name. This change of strategy will now see the FIFA and LoL divisions utilising Astralis' power as a brand. Astralis Group announced the news with a rousing video on social media and a statement on its website, in which CEO Anders Hørsholt says that the merger will now position Astralis "as one of the biggest esports brands in Europe and a major global player." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO playerSep 14, 2020 - The LoadoutHaving six professional players on a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster is quite a fashionable thing at the moment. With the uncertainty a global pandemic brings, plus the threat of burnout and injury, many organisations have pivoted to bringing in additional players to plug the gap in their schedules. This is something Cloud9's new general manager Henry 'HenryG' Greer wants to explore, but with a twist. Speaking on the HLTV Confirmed show, the former caster says he's looking to sign a sixth man to the team soon, but that this player will play an active part in the team's training and practice schedule. "I plan to announce a sixth player as we open up shop," HenryG says. "I'm going to have an active sixth player who's not going to be on the bench as it were, he's going to be actively playing, he'll be more of a brand ambassador while we're setting the operation up and getting the team stabilised. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO rosterSep 14, 2020 - The LoadoutControversy has seemed to follow MiBR everywhere it goes in recent weeks and months, and the organisation's latest announcement only furthers that. Head coach Ricardo 'dead' Sinigaglia - who was recently banned by tournament organisers ESL and Beyond the Summit after being found guilty of exploiting the CS:GO spectator bug - and players Fernando '⁠fer⁠' Alvarenga and Epitacio 'TACO⁠' de Melo have all been dropped from the organisation due to MiBR wanting to make "some adjustments" to the roster. While this alone was big news for the Brazilian team, it was followed by in-game leader Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo announcing that he would be stepping down from the roster too. "I'm not satisfied with the recent decision," FalleN says in a Twitlonger. " last weeks have been tough and challenging and that is why I'm asking to leave the active roster while I think on my next steps. This time will be necessary to find my essence and return the peace I need to decide my path, while I accomplish my contractual obligations. The only thing I'm sure is this isn't where the game ends for me." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back ENCE coach Twista suspended after CS:GO spectator bug confessionSep 11, 2020 - The LoadoutENCE's Slaava 'Twista' Räsänen has become the latest coach to admit to using the CS:GO spectator bug exploit and has been suspended by his organisation as a result. After admitting to his team that he had used the bug to his advantage, ENCE reported Twista to the Esports Integrity Commission, which is investigating historic use of the bug and currently has a confession period open. In a statement, ENCE clarifies that Twista has not yet been proven guilty by ESIC, but that it has started an investigation into the coach. While Twista could have stayed on as ENCE's coach, the organisation decided to suspend him anyway in the interest of competitive integrity. "During our consultation, ESIC stated that we are allowed to let Twista act as a coach through the investigation period, but we have decided to suspend him regardless," the statement reads. "While Twista has done a stellar job coaching the team at ENCE and we have no reason to believe he has had any foul play during his time with us, we take competitive integrity very seriously. Suspending him to conclude the investigation was the only course of action we saw to be right." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back Cloud9 signs CS:GO star ALEX in $1.65 million dealSep 10, 2020 - The LoadoutAs part of its mass restructuring of its CS:GO team, Cloud9 has added former Team Vitality rifler Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin as its new in-game leader. ALEX becomes the second signing of new general manager Henry 'HenryG' Greer after the former CS:GO caster brought in Aleksandar 'Kassad' Trifunovic as head coach. In levels of transparency rarely seen in the esports industry, HenryG openly revealed some of the details of ALEX's signing, confirming the Brit has penned a three year deal worth $1.65 million. This comes after HenryG promised to be as open as possible about Cloud9's business in forming its new team. While ALEX officially departed Vitality less than 24 hours ago, he has not played for the organisation for over six months after stepping down from the main roster, citing burnout and exhaustion over Vitality's packed travel schedule. By joining Cloud9, ALEX will now be part of an organisation with a less strenuous schedule as the only tournament organiser it is partnered with is Flashpoint. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Rio Major cancelled, and Valve addresses cheating coachesSep 10, 2020 - Rock, Paper, Shotgun The coronavirus pandemic has shut down yet another gaming event. This time it’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive‘s Rio Major, and Valve say they won’t be scheduling any more of the tournaments until LAN events are safe to hold around the world again. Valve have also addressed coaches being able to cheat in competitive games for years using a bug, detailing the action they’ll be taking against these cheaty cheaters. (more…) CS:GO teams found to have used coach bug will have RMR points resetSep 10, 2020 - The LoadoutIt's been hard to see the light in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene recently. Reports of match-fixing are being investigated, the CS:GO Rio Major has been cancelled, and there's been a significant fall out around the coach bug scandal. Now though, Valve has broken its silence to weigh in. In a statement commenting on the future of the Rio CS:GO 2020 Major, Valve also addressed the coaching bug scandal that's been the focus of many for the last two weeks. Investigations led by the Esports Integrity Commission, which will reportedly last at least eight months, revealed that the bug has been in existence since 2016 - something Valve calls "unfortunate." "It is unfortunate and frustrating that we did not respond to this bug sooner," Valve says. "But bugs are the reality of software-and until they are resolved, we need to be able to trust players and coaches." Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back The Rio CS:GO Major has finally been cancelledSep 9, 2020 - The LoadoutIt's finally official: Valve and ESL have cancelled the Rio 2020 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major. The tournament, which was scheduled to take place in Brazil in November, has now been cancelled due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement released today, ESL says it worked hard on "alternative options" but that it was forced to "face the fact that the global situation does not allow for a Major to take place." This now leads fans without a Major for the first time in seven years. However, the news has hardly come as a surprise. Like many countries worldwide, Brazil has struggled to cope with coronavirus, recording a total of 4.18 million cases to date, 5.57% of which originated in Rio. Despite being postponed once before, ESL says its remains committed to bringing a Major event to Brazil again in the future. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO roster CS:GO update brings a batch of changes to Anubis and Mutiny mapsSep 9, 2020 - PCGamesNTwo of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's maps have received a fresh batch of updates. Developer Valve has posted patch notes for a new update that introduces a bunch of tweaks and tinkerings to the CS:GO maps Anubis and Mutiny, which were both added to some of the FPS game's official matchmaking pools earlier this year. For Anubis, the studio has introduced changes to the map's spawn points, as well as some visual changes and a handful of bug fixes. The Ancient Egyptian temple-inspired Anubis map's spawn points have been shifted "slightly apart from each other" to enable "better movement". The dev has also added some grenade clips onto "short A for smoothing bouncing" as well as fixed some minor "nitpicking stuff" on the multiplayer game's radar. It's not quite clear what this stuff is from the notes, but it sounds like a little tidy-up to improve clarity. The map's various bug fixes address hiccups with things like "invisible prop faces, gun falling through props, floating props, invisible brush faces, props z-fighting" the developer says in the notes. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: CS:GO tips: check out our Counter-Strike: Global Offensive guide Esports Integrity Commission launches investigation into CS:GO spectator bug CS:GO gets a new advanced training program to hone players' skills Counter-Strike: Global Offensive update for 8 September 2020Sep 8, 2020 - SteamDBRead patchnotes on SteamDB...YouTuber designs fake cheat software to troll would-be CS:GO hackersSep 10, 2020 - The LoadoutYouTuber 'ScriptKid' has come up with an ingenious way to troll would-be Counter-Strike: Global Offensive cheaters, by uploading fake cheating software to trick players seeking to gain an unfair advantage into dying in hilarious ways. ScriptKid recorded a game of someone who had downloaded their software, and watched as the cheater ended up randomly jumping off the map and falling to their death. The software is "designed to backfire," ScriptKid explains, meaning the cheater won't realise they're being trolled until it's too late. The software is designed to look like a real cheat client, but if someone tries to use it in a ranked match, it will "mess with their game in unexpected and funny ways." Jumping off a roof is just one example; the software can also lock doors, set off grenades beneath a cheater's feet, trigger 'drunken movement', slow down their movement, or much more. This software works by installing 'trip wires' across the map. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Dignitas benches CS:GO stars GeT_RiGhT and Xizt Nawwk takes medical leave from Ninja in Pyjamas' CS:GO roster Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG becomes Cloud9's CS:GO general manager, appoints Kassad as coachSep 8, 2020 - The LoadoutAfter Cloud9 revealed yesterday that it would begin another restructuring of its Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team, changes are already coming thick and fast. Former caster Henry 'HenryG' Greer will become the org's general manager for CS:GO, while Aleksandar "Kassad" Trifunovic will serve as coach. HenryG has confirmed that Kassad was appointed by him as the first building block for Cloud9's restructure. Kassad comes to the job with experience from mousesports, Renegades, and 100 Thieves, and HenryG clearly sees him as the man to take Cloud9 where they want to go. As for who specifically Kassad will be coaching, we still don't know. As part of the recently announced restructuring, it was confirmed that the entire roster was set to be dropped. Along with appointing Kassad, HenryG's job will be to fill that roster, and he revealed on Twitter that he's just getting started. "The five man roster is not finalised and I still have seats available," he says. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO roster CSPPA delays release of CS:GO rankings to "improve the methodology"Sep 8, 2020 - The LoadoutThe Counter-Strike Professional Players' Association has today announced that it will be delaying the release of its monthly CS:GO world rankings to focus on "improving the methodology." The CSPPA's first world rankings announcement last month drew a lot of questions and criticism from the CS:GO community for its massive discrepancies compared to established rankings from the likes of ESL or HLTV. The CSPPA's rankings aimed to rank teams on their performances at events but would penalise them or give less weight to results from events that would clash with its ethos of creating better working conditions for players. While the sentiment seems good in practise, the order in which the CSPPA ranked the world's top teams was laughed at by a large portion of the CS:GO community. The association has now announced that it will not release September's rankings in order to focus on "improving the methodology" after plenty of feedback. It will now return with a rankings update in October instead. Read the rest of the story... RELATED LINKS: Origen rebrands to Astralis, xPeke steps back HenryG confirms Cloud9 will sign a sixth CS:GO player MiBR drops TACO, fer, and dead as FalleN steps down from CS:GO roster