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Miami Heat's Esports Partner Gets Counter-Strike Team Following Labor Dispute

Counter-Strike player Sean ‘sgares’ Gares, new member of Misfits, back when he was with Rick Fox’s Echo Foxes. The Counter-Strike players for the esports organization Team SoloMid have all left following a dispute with owners over which leagues they could play in. Instead, the squad have all joined with Misfits, an organization that just this week announced its new partnership with the Miami Heat. Advertisement News came by way of two announcements, first from TSM, acknowledging the departure, and later in the afternoon from Misfits, revealing the roster for its new Counter-Strike team. Sean ‘sgares’ Gares, Russel ‘Twistzz’ David Van Dulken, Shahzeb ‘ShahZaM’ Khan, Skyler ‘Relyks’ Weaver, and Hunter ‘SicK’ Mims, a week after the team earned a spot in the North America EPL, will all be outfitted in uniforms to match the Heat’s colors before long. The rift between the players and their former team began late last year when the owners tried to restrict them from playing in certain leagues. TSM were partners in a newly formed league called the PEA, one that would be owned and operated by the teams themselves rather than a third-party. The teams involved READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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None Of 2016's Most-Played Steam Games Came Out In 2016

The sheer number of games on Steam is overwhelming, and more new ones come out per day than ever before. Despite that, Steam’s upper echelon has calcified, with an Old Guard looking down from the top of the most-played list at all the peasants below. Advertisement GitHyp, a tool that tracks Steam’s most-played games (among other things), posted an analysis of the most-played games of 2016. A few findings stand out. First off, if you look at average number of players per hour throughout the year, you get a top five list that looks awfully similar to 2015’s, with zero games that came out in 2016: Dota 2 / 636,607 avg. players per hour (#1 in 2015) Counter-Strike: Global Offensive / 360,600 avg. players per hour (#2 in 2015) Team Fortress 2 / 50,802 avg. players per hour (#4 in 2015) Grand Theft Auto V / 40,258 avg. players per hour (#5 in 2015) Sid Meier’s Civilization V / 37,885 avg players per hour (#9 in 2015) Steam users like Valve games. Shocking, I know. But it is surprising to see Civ V gain ground in the year that Civ READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Hacker Leaks 1.5 Million Profiles From Game Site After They Refuse To Pay $100,000

The ESEA is an esports community that runs a popular online Counter-Strike league. In late December, its security got breached in a big way. Now the details of that breach are coming to light, with 1.5 million users affected after the ESEA refused to pay a hacker $100,000. Advertisement It all began with an announcement from breach notification service LeakedSource on Saturday, January 7. They claimed to have added 1,503,707 ESEA records to their database (via Salted Hash). Today, the ESEA confirmed that 1.5 million users were affected. They’ve also published a timeline of events in which they say a hacker first contacted them “demanding a ransom payment of $100,000 to not release or sell the user data” on December 27. After verifying the hacker’s claims, consulting with legal council, and patching the breach, the ESEA notified their community of a possible leak on December 30. The ESEA decided not to play ball with the hacker, who continued threatening them from December 31-January 6, but didn’t leak anything. Then the hacker stepped up their efforts. On January 7, they breached a game server directly and quickly made their presence known. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Counter-Strike League Shuts Down After Players Organize Against Owners

Earlier this year, a new esports league, The Professional eSports Association (PEA), burst onto the scene. It was unique in that it was owned by bigtime esports teams, rather than a third party. Immediately there were worries of impropriety. Now, in the wake of a recent controversy, the PEA has suspended its Counter-Strike league. Advertisement It began in December, with reports emerging that the PEA might outlaw member teams from competing in the ESL, which is easily the biggest third-party Counter-Strike league. In response, member teams Cloud9, Team SoloMid, Counter Logic Gaming, Immortals, and Team Liquid published an open letter penned by Scott “SirScoots” Smith, the teams’ elected representative. “We realize that we might be at the point where eSports as an industry is now just too big for trust alone to reasonably protect everyone’s interests,” Smith concluded after claiming the PEA controlling board’s vote structure was rigged against players and in favor of team owners, and players weren’t actually able to choose which leagues they played in. “Either way, you can’t have trust without honesty, and you can’t have honesty without transparency.” Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Return of Counter-Strike 1.6 Through Global Offensive’s New Mod

Reliving Counter-Strike 1.6 Is One Reason We Generally Love Modders An extra gift for CS:GO gamers in the form of a mod. Hither, a giver in the form of a modder named ZOOL has released a beta version recreating Counter-Strike 1.6. As you have no doubt guessed, the mod comes with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, but scales things back for the players who found their niche 1.6. So you get to keep the maps and improvements amassed over Counter-Strike’s years without paying an extra dime. Furthermore, the nostalgia resurgence will be a bonus. You know it. We know it. Hence, back to the balances as they were with Counter-Strike 1.6 in conjunction with all of Global Offensive‘s fixes. All the good maps we remember, all the best from the latest features. Modder ZOOL’s whole purpose in this is to let players experience the best of both worlds. That is to say, anyone interested can download the mod right now, right here. Test if 1.6 is to your liking. But also note, a finished poll release by ZOOL indicates that his Counter-Strike 1.6 will stick to an authentic art style for maps. This also means no new skins and no new weapons that do not stick to that version’s original script.

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Modder Gives Counter-Strike's Most Popular Maps A Holiday Makeover

Counter-Strike might have Christmas chickens, but it’s severely lacking in Christmas maps. Enter a selection of phenomenal modded maps by BadtRIP. Advertisement Thanks to their handiwork, you can now play festive versions of Train, Inferno, Mirage, Overpass, Cobblestone, and Dust2. Changes are wholly cosmetic and include snow, lights, sleighs, and even Christmas trees. The weather outside might be frightful, but at least you can share your misery with terrorists who are freezing just like you. Here’s how they look in motion: And here are some shots of each map: Train Inferno Mirage Overpass Cobblestone Dust2 Between maps and chickens, that’s a lot of holiday cheer. Now all we need is Bill Counter-Terrorist doing an animation that gets half the Internet to compose thirsty-ass poetry. Modders, you have your next assignment. Advertisement Advertisement You’re reading Steamed, Kotaku’s page dedicated to all things in and around Valve’s wildly popular PC gaming service. Games, culture, community creations, criticism, guides, videos—everything. If you’ve found anything cool/awful on Steam, send us a message to let us know. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


China Will Force Games With Loot Boxes To Disclose Odds

I fucking hate loot boxes, but there’s no denying that they work. I can’t count the number of times I’ve played two or three more Overwatch matches than I was planning to because I was so close to the chance to click on another crate full of confetti and disappointment. Advertisement China just passed a law that might ease our collective loot-box-induced suffering a little bit. Starting in May 2017, developers will be required to disclose the probabilities underlying infernal mystery cubes in games like Overwatch, Counter-Strike, and Hearthstone. Here are the stipulations (as translated by NeoGAF user chillybright): 2.6 …Online game publishers shall promptly publicly announce information about the name, property, content, quantity, and draw/forge probability of all virtual items and services that can be drawn/forge on the official website or a dedicated draw probability webpage of the game. The information on draw probability shall be true and effective. 2.7 Online game publishers shall publicly announce the random draw results by customers on notable places of official website or in game, and keep record for government inquiry. The record must be kept for more than 90 days. When publishing the random draw results, some measures should be taken place…

Modder Recreates Classic Counter-Strike In CSGO

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most popular shooters in the world, but some still prefer The Old Ways. Advertisement Counter-Strike: Classic Offensive is a mod that brings key aspects of Counter-Strike 1.6 into Global Offensive, preserving some of the game’s beloved rough edges and giving them a glossy sheen. Here’s mod maker Z00L’s description: “The goal of my mod is to bring back the 1.6 feeling of Counter-Strike, that means: weapons, sounds, stats, physics, etc… some stuff such buying ammo or even choosing your player model won’t be possible without plugins but I plan to make the mod without them, even if they’re really useful… servers could still use them though.” Here’s what it looks (and sounds) like: Z00L has said that it won’t be possible to replicate every aspect of 1.6 in CSGO. Some of 1.6’s most charming (as charming as blasting terrorists in the head can be, anyway) aspects are byproducts of its engine, and CSGO runs on a different one. That’s kind of a bummer, but what’s here already looks pretty sweet. Weapons, skins, player models, sounds, particles, and a different overall feel—that stuff adds up. Counter-Strike: Classic Offensive will be available for everyone to download…


Counter-Strike Adds Harsher Penalties For Repeat Griefers

As part of the latest patch to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive , Value has made changes to their policy for bad behavior. Two strikes and you are out, pal. Advertisement The patch notes read as follows: A temporary griefing conviction assigned by Overwatch will now be elevated to a permanent conviction if the suspect had a previous temporary griefing conviction. Previous policy was proportional to the act. Players were given a temporary cooldown period that functioned as a digital timeout. These cases are handled by player investigators in the Overwatch program, which meant to ensure that Global Offensive’s community a self regulatory body with regards to cheaters and griefers. Advertisement Not all players are happy with this decision. Some players are reporting that their temporary cooldowns have been automatically updated to permanent bans as part of the upgrade. Others are fearful of mistaken convictions. In spite of this, many other players seem pleased to see griefers get their just desserts. If you are worried that this policy will affect your Counter-Strike experience, my advice is to not be a dick. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Faced With Criminal Charges, Valve Denies Facilitating Illegal Counter-Strike Gambling

A few months ago, Valve finally got around to cracking down on Counter-Strike skin gambling, a sketchy secondary market potentially worth billions of dollars. The saga, however, is far from over. Valve is now facing potential criminal charges from the Washington State Gambling Commission. Advertisement A couple weeks ago, the Washington State Gambling Commission said that Valve had until October 14 to “respond and explain” how Steam, despite all the recent gambling controversy, is now in compliance with state gambling laws. After missing their initial deadline to respond, Valve has issued a lengthy letter against assertions that skin betting—which led to an unregulated gambling market where minors were able to participate with little hassle—was in any way their doing. Valve begins the letter by saying they do not engage in or promote gambling in any way, nor do they “facilitate” it. “There is no factual or legal support for these accusations,” they add, noting that they’re “surprised and disappointed” that the Commission decided to go public with all of this. They go on to isolate two features that might appear to aid gamblers in seeking their illicit thrills: skin trading and OpenID. The first is swapping of in-game items, often…

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Counter-Strike Pro Gets Best Play Tattooed On His Own Body

Over the summer, Olkesandr ‘S1mple’ Kostyliev pulled off one of the most awe-inspiring pro Counter-Strike plays in recent memory. Now that play lives on in the hearts and minds of millions. And also in the level where it happened. And also on S1mple’s arm. Advertisement Here’s the play: While falling from a platform on de_Cache, S1mple pulled off a double no-scope, at which point everyone lost their whole entire shit. This didn’t happen against scrubs in a pub match. It happened against one of the best teams in the world, Fnatic, during the ESL One Cologne major. Shortly after the career-defining moment, one of de_Cache’s creators, FMPONE, added a graffiti tag on a wall near where it happened. The platform S1mple fell from is often referred to by players as “heaven,” so the art depicts a falling angel wielding a scope-less rifle. It’s insane to think about. This play, this single moment among millions that have happened on this level, is now a piece of its history—etched right into the walls. Plenty of other sports have had legendary moments commemorated, but this strikes me as a uniquely eSports way of doing it. Advertisement Now, months later, S1mple has gotten the moment…

10 Counter-Strike Bugs Valve Still Hasn’t Fixed

Counter-Strike is a game of skill and precision. In theory, it’s the sort of shooter where, if something goes wrong, you have only yourself (or your teammates) to blame. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Advertisement In the past, I’ve posted about how unreliable the game’s guns can be. Sometimes, shots that look like hits will miss… just because. That appears to be an intentional design decision on Valve’s part, for better or worse. The game also has some bugs, however, that have been around for months and, in some cases, years. As 3kliksphilip outlines in this video, they affect the game more than you might think: Here are the worst of the 11 bugs he highlights (one of which has since been fixed): Weapons can be picked up through walls, which is a) silly and b) leaves room for exploits. Game code that’s used to push people off ramps is busted. You can sometimes see through smoke grenades. Given that smokes are crucial to keeping enemies from zeroing in on your position, this bug can lead to disaster. Entire matches sometimes hinge on well-placed smoke grenades. A glimpse through the fog is akin to the heavens briefly parting to…

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Valve's Decision To Charge For Limited-Use Sprays In Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Infuriates Fans

The latest patch for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive brings back a long absent feature: graffiti and sprays. They are now a consumable item that can be purchased. Fans lobbying for their return are displeased to say the least. Advertisement Sprays have existed in Valve based shooters as far back as the original Team Fortress Classic and Counter-Strike. Players could even upload their own designs or pictures. The feature lasted all the way up to Counter-Strike: Source before being removed in Global Offensive. Graffiti is returning with some major changes. Much like gun skins, they can be received from ranking up, gained randomly from loot boxes, or bought directly on the Steam Marketplace. Boxes average close to $4.00 at the time of writing while individual spray costs on the market fluctuate. The highest costing spray I found initially sold for $100 before settling towards $30. Advertisement These sprays consumable items and good for 50 uses only. After that? You’ve lost your spray and better pony up more cash to buy another. This monetization has many players angry. “Is anyone else upset or mildly enraged that Valve literally took away a feature that was in the game for over a decade and are…

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An Intense 1v4 And Other Amazing Plays From Last Night's Counter-Strike Tournament

The final rounds of the ESL One New York Counterstrike: Global Offensive tournament were held last night. You’ve already seen someone toss their gun at another player in the semi finals. Here are some other amazing plays from the final match between Natus Vincere and Advertisement NaVi defeated Virtus in a three round contest, taking home a $125,ooo prize. An initial steamroll by Virtus on Cobblestone was answered by strong play on Train and Mirage. Here are some of the best plays, as collected by the ESL. Keep a particular eye on Virtus’ Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski as you check out these clips. He pulled off an amazing 1v4 pisol clutch that stole the show, even if his team lost in the end. The match ended with a sneaky defuse as Ladislav ‘GuardiaN’ Kovács steathily made his way through the smoke at Mirage’s bomb site A. It was a bold move that paid off, ending an energized finals with some guile. It was a great match all around. Well played to both teams! You had us on the edge of our seats the entire time! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!