Counter Strike: Global Offensive
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Wide Variety of Guns
In CSGO, you're able to obtain cases either through random rewards for winning games or with microtransactions. Opening cases is essentially gambling because there's a chance you might be able to get something good or something bad.
Counter Strike comes with a variety of different maps to play on. There are maps created by Hidden Path entertainment and by the community.
The youtuber/streamer in the picture is Kootra. He opens "cases" that give you skins for your weapons. Some of these skins are worth a good amount of money. This picture captured his reaction when he realized that he got a skin that was worth more than a hundred dollars. Many people make a living off these case openings.
Wide Variety of Guns
Are you a silver?
There are two ranking systems in counter strike. One for both casual game play and competitive which is progressed through playing games and earning experience. When you level up you may earn a skin. The other ranking system is specifically for competitive. The lowest rank is "silver I" and the highest is "Global Elite." This rank is only affected in the competitive game mode and the rank is increased, or decreased, depending on how many rounds you win or lose. This rank sets you up with other players of similar rank so you have a chance of actually winning.
In addition to normal tournaments held by third party organizations, Valve (the publisher of the game) also organizes tournaments, better known as ‘majors.’ Majors include large prize pools which are crowd funded by the counter strike community via keys bought in the game. The prize pools in the tournaments in 2013 and 2014 had a total value of $250,000. Pasha Biceps is an example of a competitive player who plays counter strike for a living and does twitch streaming as well as play tournaments to earn income.
Hundreds of Skins
In CS:GO, there are a wide variety of skins to buy with money or unlock after winning matches. There is a total of 43 gun types and 11 different knives and each of them have a wide variety of skins. In addition to skins, there are 7 different quality of weapons that add diversity to the game. The quality of the guns is color coded on the title of the skin. The highest quality gun color is red and they are normally more expensive to buy outright and hard to get from unboxing a case. For Knives, they have only one quality which is gold and normally knives are worth a hundred dollars to four hundred dollars.