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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive adds battle royale mode, goes free-to-play

08 December 2018

Valve today revealed it'd be adding a battle royale mode to its FPS Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Yes, you read that right!

That makes it a much more condensed version of the survival battle you see in games like Fortnite, but the basics are the same: players enter the arena with no resources, and need to scour the map for weapons, armor and money that can be used to purchase upgrades. As suspected, the central mode is Valve's take on battle royale - but what we didn't suspect is that CS:GO is now fully free-to-play. Streaming statistics websites TwitchTracker and SullyGnome show about that same number of viewers for last night's peak for CS:GO, which made it the highest peak for the game since the IEM Chicago grand finals on November 11. That's otherwise available as a $15 upgrade, and according to its listing: "Players with Prime Status are matched with other Prime Status players and are eligible to receive Prime-exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapon cases".

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Do weapons behave the same as they do in other Counter-Strike: Global Offensive game modes? Yes. The previously available CS:GO Prime Status is still available to all players who reach rank 21 and attached a valid phone number to their Steam accounts. You'll do that via an upgradeable tablet, which can also give you intel on the shrinking zone, enemy positions, and opponent deliveries. Danger Zone can be played with teams of two or three players, with an 18-player cap.

More information about the new mode can be found here. Explore your environment and complete special missions to out-earn your rivals.

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Every match features a set of pistols, rifles, SMGs and heavy weapons from CS: GO's classic arsenal. Valve says a typical round of Danger Zone will only last "about 10 minutes". It wouldn't have been surprising if the company had simply made the shift and introduced Danger Zone without compensating existing players.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive adds battle royale mode, goes free-to-play