Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Releases A Free Version

The game, released onto steam, will lock out online matches and ranks, but will allow players to watch matches through GOTV.

Counter-Strike: GO has now got a free-to-play version for download from Steam, announced in a new blog post by valve, detailing new additions in the game’s most recent update. The version, available for Windows, Mac and Linux, allows players to play offline matches against bots, and allows players to watch online matches through the GOTV feature. On it’s Steam page, Valve was very clear about what was excluded for only the paid release: “Full edition enables access to online content and features, including multiplayer gameplay, official matchmaking, in-game inventories, skill groups, XP, ranks, and other online features.”

The incredibly popular game launched back in August of 2012, and quickly attracted a dedicated competitive fan-base, practically becoming synonymous with competitive Esports ever since. It has recieved a 79 (Xbox 360), 80 (Playstation 3) and 83 (PC) on metacritic.

Have you ever played Counter-Strike? Watch any of the Esports matches? Are you thinking of grabbing the new free version? Join the discussion below.

Image Source: Counter-Strike Go’s Store Page

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