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If you still haven't picked up a copy of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [Steam], you can now try it out completely free to see how it performs. Valve didn't exactly make a big splash about it, casually dropping a note into their changelog on Wednesday.

It does have many limits on it of course, with the main game requiring a (often discounted) £11.39 purchase. The Free Edition will only allow you offline play with bots and spectating matches with GOTV. A nice move though, as it will give many more people a chance to see if their potato PC can actually handle it.

It will be interesting to see if Valve make it a fully free to play title like Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2. Going by the player charts for it, they seem to have lost quite a few regularly players, with it seeing the biggest drop for some years. You can see for yourself on SteamDB under the "Players every day" heading. Even taking into account the usual increase and drop around tournaments, its current drop is quite a bit bigger than usual.

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TemplarGR 31 August 2018 at 10:36 am UTC
Excellent news. I have the Source version and i only play with bots because i don't care about multiplayer. Now i can upgrade to Global Offensive for FREE. Didn't want to spend money to get GO as i only play CS occasionally. Nice heads up!
theghost 31 August 2018 at 10:40 am UTC
Maybe players are switching to Battle Royal games right now.
Metallinatus 31 August 2018 at 12:57 pm UTC
theghostMaybe players are switching to Battle Royal games right now.
Actually Valve gave an end to the illegal criminal skin gambling fiesta scheme that has been plaguing the game for years, with that, a lot of illegal criminal skin gamblers dropped the game this year, with one of them ending his life while taking innocent victims with him in a car "accident" earlier this week.
Well, this got dark, but it is what it is, you can Google it if you want.
14 31 August 2018 at 2:31 pm UTC
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I never liked CS:GO that much. I only bought it about 2 years ago or so. I find Insurgency a lot more fun to play with my friends.
razing32 31 August 2018 at 2:51 pm UTC
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Metallinatus
theghostMaybe players are switching to Battle Royal games right now.
Actually Valve gave an end to the illegal criminal skin gambling fiesta scheme that has been plaguing the game for years, with that, a lot of illegal criminal skin gamblers dropped the game this year, with one of them ending his life while taking innocent victims with him in a car "accident" earlier this week.
Well, this got dark, but it is what it is, you can Google it if you want.

Clamping down on the trade might explain it.
Can't say I'm sorry to see that group go,

But man that story , depressing as hell :
https://web.archive.org/web/20180825152322/http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-fatal-follow-20180824-story.html
sbolokanov 31 August 2018 at 5:52 pm UTC
Well I just gave it a go the other day and I can't say that I like it. This is from someome who have played CS for more than… Even I don't know how much time.
I have a few accounts and according to Steam, each having way past hundreds of hours. One even having around 2k on it's statistics.


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iiari 31 August 2018 at 7:32 pm UTC
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14I never liked CS:GO that much. I only bought it about 2 years ago or so. I find Insurgency a lot more fun to play with my friends.
I concur on Insurgency as well, although isn't that game a few years newer? They had some time to learn from their elders before launching...
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