Jul 14 2014 - 4:56 pm

Valve may be planning a 'Counter-Strike' version of The International

Valve may be working on a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive version of The International, their $10 million Dota 2
Samuel Lingle
Dot Esports

Valve may be working on a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive version of The International, their $10 million Dota 2.

Based off what Valve’s Erik Johnson told Prodota.ru in an interview in Seattle, it seems likely.

“We don’t have anything to announce right now, but as a company there’s a lot of data in how much the community has responded around The International, and how its grown, and that’s something that’d be pretty difficult to ignore for any game team,” Johnson said.

This week, the fourth iteration of The International will turn its winning team into instant millionaires. It’s one of the largest crowd funded projects in history. Its $10.7 million plus prize pool funded mostly by community contributions through sales of The Compendium, an interactive virtual guide to the tournament. The sales unlocked stretch rewards like in-game items, model updates, and even new Dota 2 features.

This is the fourth year Valve has run the tournament, with the revenue raked in increasing every year—the company take was over $30 million for TI4, so there’s a lot of incentive to make that model work for their other titles.

“I don’t know if it would be called The International, but the guys working on Counter-Strike have made a lot of progress on supporting the professional community around that game,” said Johnson. “Given how successful this tournament has become I don’t see any reason why a lot of the same things couldn’t be applied directly to Counter-Strike.”

In fact, Valve already has a proof-of-concept in Counter-Strike. Valve used sales of the esports keys, which unlock esports cases that contain special in-game items, to fund an esports war chest. Instead of hosting their own event, Valve enlisted the Electronic Sports League to give out the money in their $250,000 ESL One tournament.

But, as Johnson says, there’s no reason Valve can’t make that work on a bigger scale, for their own event. And with the success of The International every year, the real questio should be why hasn’t Valve done a Counter-Strike version sooner?

Image via Valve

Jan 17 2017 - 4:42 pm

Ambitious CS:GO mod aims to capture the spirit of the Wild West

Did someone say Classic Offensive?
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Screengrab via JarroRus/YouTube

Two ambitious Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players want to take the game in a whole new direction.

Going by the names Jarro and CTX, this successful modding duo (who have released popular custom maps in the past), are looking at developing a fully functional and expansive add-on centered around the Wild West. This will be based on the foundation of Valve's extremely popular first-person shooter title CS:GO. Complete with brand new features such as combat on horseback as well as larger maps, the two developers have taken to crowdfunding in order to guarantee that CS:GO Western Add-on, as they have dubbed the mod, will be released within the next 6-8 weeks.

While the team's crowdfunding campaign is set at $1,000, Jarre and CTX have also set two other campaign goals at $400 and $700. The first two goals are centered primarily around necessary features such as dedicated servers for constant game testing, and introducing more unique assets and expansive maps to the mod.

If the two developers reach their crowdfunding goals, the mod will be completely free of charge and distributed via the Steam Workshop. Valve encourages enthusiasts and modders to produce their own custom games based off of the company's intellectual property. The most notable example being Counter-Strike itself, which started out as a mod of Valve's inaugural title in the Half-Life franchise.

For the time being, the mod is looking to feature three separate game modes: A standard player vs. player mode, team-based hostage scenarios, and finally a linear game play map featuring cut scenes and co-op game play.

If the wait for Red Dead Redemption 2 and the second season of Westworld is killing you, the Western Add-on should keep you occupied until then.

Jan 15 2017 - 8:00 pm

FlipSid3 take home DreamHack Leipzig title

The team didn't drop a single map throughout the tournament.
Sam Nordmark
Writer at @dotesports
Photo via Fragbite

Flipsid3 Tactics claimed the biggest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive title in the organization's history, dominating their opponents at DreamHack Leipzig.

Without dropping a single map throughout the event, FlipSid3 emerged as champions of DreamHack Leipzig after a convincing 2-0 victory in the event's grand finals. But despite its impressive record the team, which features CS 1.6 legend Yegor "markeloff" Markelov, did struggle at certain points throughout the final series against crowd favorites BIG.

While the German favorites were able to take eleven rounds in both maps of the series, FlipSid3 were always one step ahead. This was particularly obvious in regards to the team's latest recruit, Denis "electronic" Sharipov. The Russian player dominated in terms of statistics, as he tallied the highest number of kills in the grand final, earning him an ADR (Average Damage per Round) of 102.

While FlipSid3 finally taking home an international LAN is a big story in and of itself, BIG's performance at the event is almost an equally as notable achievement.

Having only assembled the roster on Jan. 2, DreamHack Leipzig was BIG's LAN debut. The roster, which contains names such as in-game leader Faith "gob b" Dayik and recent AWP star Kevin "keev" Bartholomäus impressed throughout the tournament. The team's 0-2 defeat against FlipSid3 was far from one-sided, as BIG were consistently able to impress against the Eastern European team.

BIG had upset Group A winners Heroic in the semifinals, taking a 2-1 victory, while Flipsid3 had swept aside the challenge of French side LDLC.

Flipsid3 will look to carry this momentum into next week's $1 million ELEAGUE Major, where they will face FaZe Clan in their first swiss stage clash.

Despite not being the most competitive event, DreamHack Leipzig brought a considerable amount of excitement and has already set 2017 off to a flying start.