Valve Makes Shocking Change to CS:GO Ranked Mode

Published 06/06/2021, 8:46 AM EDT


Valve recently announced an end to many CS:GO free-to-play (F2P) features through a blog post on the official CS:GO website. The game went totally free from 2018 that’s when people started using all of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive features without hinderance.

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The post by Valve read, “Along with all the gameplay that we made available for free, new players had access to drops, Ranks, Skill Groups, and a free path to Prime matchmaking. Unfortunately, over time, those benefits have become an incentive for bad actors to hurt the experience of both new and existing players. So today we’re revising the offering for new players.” 

What does this news mean?

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For many CS:GO players, this news is a relief, as the ranked matches are full of accounts who sometimes cheat during the game. This move by Valve will be able to cut out such stomp noobs and griefers.

Previous CS:GO experience

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was originally released in the year 2012. Ever since the game went free in 2018, players had to only pay for item drops and XP bonuses. F2P accounts could still gain XPs and other loot drops, and could also play in ranked matches.

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F2P players will still be able to play

Along with these new changes being made to the game, Valve will also introduce a new Unranked matches feature, which will allow F2P players to gain access. With the unmatched matches, F2P players will be able to form a skill-based matchmaking.

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There will be no rank restrictions or even changes in the matches, as the players will be able to play with other players in their skill level.

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The new players will be able to play each and every game mode. They can have access to play on community servers and play workshop maps as well.

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The only thing that they will be away from is that they won’t be receiving XP, drop and ranks as these will need an exclusive paid version.

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Tejas Mundhada is an eSports author for EssentiallySports. Having earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Tejas has been in the profession since 2017. He has journalistic experience across many fields, and decided to explore eSports journalism in 2021 with ES.

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