Valve Brings Battle Royale to Newly Free-to-Play CS:GO

Now that it’s free-to-play, CS:GO’s player count is rocketing

Now that it’s free-to-play, CS:GO’s player count is rocketing

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is now free-to-play on Steam and the developers have also added a Battle Royale inspired mode called Danger Zone. Yes, you read that right!

CS:GO's Danger Zone came a bit late to battle royale fever, but it spiked people's interest on the day of its release like other games of the genre. 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.

However, there's also the option to spend $19.50 to attain "Prime" status, which drops you into a special matchmaking pool and makes you eligible for "Prime-exclusive souvenir items, item drops, and weapon cases".

I am already a CS:GO player with Prime Status.

Video game publisher Valve has announced major updates for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Fresh-faced CS:GO newcomers can earn Prime Status by either leveling up to Rank 21 in-game or paying the $14.99 upgrade fee.

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So will this new update attract players to return to the game? The crucial difference between Danger Zone and pre-established competitors on the market is its smaller 16-player count in singles and 18-player count in duos and triples, making games last just 10 minutes apiece. Players can queue into the mode as solo players, or in squads of two or three players.

Find out more on the official Danger Zone site.

Most battle royale games follow a familiar pattern: Up to 100 players are dropped into an expansive map and forced to scavenge for weapons they can use to (hopefully) wind up the only survivor.

In addition, you'll have access to a tablet that can be used to track deliveries and opponents' positions. New players can also choose to upgrade to Prime Status for $15. Weapons will be from the CS:GO arsenal, like the AK-47 and Desert Eagle.

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