26 Dec

Alison Harvard


Come the new year, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive fans might encounter a bittersweet turning point as Valve gears up to introduce sweeping changes to the beloved game. As players have alternated between the time-tested CS:GO and its modernized counterpart, CS2, they now face a pivotal shift set to redefine their engagement with this iconic shooter franchise.

CS:GO, a ten-year veteran in the esports arena, has long held sway as a premier title in competitive gaming circles. Yet, longstanding grievances have marred its reputation, particularly concerning the inferior 64-tick servers. With the advent of CS2, Valve ushered in improved visuals, game dynamics, and, most notably, upgraded server performance, which addressed many concerns. Nonetheless, a portion of the live player base remains drawn to the original CS:GO for its nostalgic charm and enduring gameplay.

Plans for the original CS:GO's future, detailed by Valve on the Steam Support page for Counter Strike, reveal that official backing for CS:GO is slated to end come January. Although access to the game will continue, Valve warns about possible disruptions to features tied to the Game Coordinator, such as access to player inventories. Consequently, while transferring in-game items from CS:GO to CS2 could be an option, the reverse transfer might encounter roadblocks.

One particular shortcoming of CS2 lies in its lack of support for older technology, including DirectX 9 and machines operating on 32-bit systems. The ongoing partiality some players show towards the original CS:GO, largely due to its community-run servers, highlights the significance of these servers in the game's culture. They provide a spectrum of play experiences, from standard skirmishes to inventive gameplay modes that have become a staple for the CS:GO community.

Valve communicated that post-January 1, 2024, the original CS:GO will remain playable, but some functionalities that depend on Game Coordinator compatibility may degrade or cease to function.

Should the predicted limitations on inventory access take effect, this may nudge players toward CS2, potentially diminishing the community server scenes. While this might not ring the death knell for CS:GO, which could still be played outside of official matchmaking similar to what is observed in Counter-Strike Source, it does signal a momentous transition for a title that has been pivotal in shaping the esports landscape.