CS:GO Adds Battle Royale Mode; Goes Free-To-Play

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Counter-Strike Global Offensive is now Free-to-Play and includes a new Battle Royale mode called Danger Zone. As before, Prime Status matches you with other Prime Status players. The souvenir is available for all players until 2019-01-09.

The game first launched on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 back in August 2012 for a price of $14.99. You can play solo in 16-player matches, or in duos and trios in 18-player engagements. There will also be missions within the game, like finding hostages or completing contract kills, to unlock extra cash and weapons options. From their they will begin looting weapons, health, cash and more to use throughout the match.

Do weapons behave the same as they do in other CS:GO game modes? Each match lasts around 10 minutes, and is very quick paced. "When you have Prime Status you are matched with other players who also have Prime Status". It also drops players into a special matchmaking pool. Additionally, players will have access to a tablet that shows the map, upcoming deliveries, the positions of opponents, and where the "Danger Zone" is. The mode is fresh out of the box, so at face value, it should be taken as Valve looking to create a similar, yet unique experience in a Counter-Strike landscape. Valve's seemed a bit besieged the last few months, and even more so after the announcement of the Epic Games Store earlier this week.

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"Our hope is this change will reward the positive network effects generated by developers of big games, further aligning their interests with Steam and the community", Valve said in a blog post.

While the patch isn't very long, it nonetheless was important for Valve to get ahead of some of these issues as soon as they could.

That number made CS:GO the most watched game on Twitch around 4 pm CT, beating Fortnite's 150,000 viewers on the day of its seventh season release.

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