Bet on Counter Strike
Counter-Strike: Betting on Fictional Counter-Terrorism
The Counter-Strike franchise has humble beginnings as a Half-Life mod. Valve Corporation acquired the intellectual property of Counter-Strike and the two developers—Jess Cliffe and Minh Le—and released Counter-Strike as a standalone title on Windows in 2000.
Since then, Counter-Strike has reached legendary status in the gaming hall of fame. The original title, affectionately known as CS 1.6, and its successors, are some of the most widely played titles on PC. With such an enormous following, it is no wonder that Counter-Strike has taken the eSports world by storm.
The games revolve around the idea of counter-terrorism. Two teams face-off on various maps—one team is acting as terrorists and the other attempts to stop their nefarious deeds. There are various game modes that, despite sharing similarities in the fact that they are all first person shooter orientated, require different victory objectives.
One such game mode is Defuse, where the counter-terrorists must prevent their opponents from planting and then detonating a bomb on the map. Either team can win by killing all of their opponents, or by achieving their ultimate objective (the planting and detonating, or defusing, of the bombs at points A & B).
In an alternative game mode, terrorists have taken four hostages, and the victory condition for the “good guys” is fairly simple—save the hostages!
Due to the massive success of the original game, the Counter-Strike legacy has grown into a multi-titled first person shooter favourite. While the road to becoming PC-gaming’s largest FPS has been filled with ups and downs, there’s not much that has been able to stop Counter-Strike from becoming the behemoth that it is today.
CS: Condition Zero
One of the small road bumps in the path to the franchise’s current success, Condition Zero is one of the few moments in Valve’s history that they’d probably like to forget.
Using the same engine as the original, the game attempted to go down a different route than its predecessor, with a single player “full” campaign with additional bonus levels. It was released in 2004 and in all honesty, it was a flop. The change to a single player focus was off-putting to a lot of the original game’s fans.
Thanks—in no small part—to the failure that was Valve’s attempt at creating a single-player first-person shooter from Counter-Strike’s popularity, CS: Source was in beta testing in the same year as Condition Zero’s release.
Although CS: Source is built on an updated engine—the aptly named Source engine, to be precise—the gameplay remained very much the same. A team of counter-terrorists fought a team of terrorists across a multitude of maps, in an attempt to save hostages, defuse bombs, or to kill all of your opponents. As with most first person shooters, moving while shooting effects accuracy, and the damage caused by a gunshot is dependent on the location of the wound—with a headshot being the most lethal.
Unlike Condition Zero, Counter-Strike: Source was a critical success—it received 88 out of 100 on Metacritic. There was just one problem, however… the competitive gaming community felt that the skill ceiling was significantly lower than that of the original Counter-Strike, doing nothing for Source’s popularity or visibility on the competitive scene.
CS: Global Offensive
Released in 2012, Counter-Strike: GO was the true second coming of the original game. Receiving positive reviews from both critics and the competitive community, it has become a staple within the realm of first person shooter eSports events.
Global Offensive offers five different game modes, including the classic bomb and hostage situations of its predecessors (this time with the option for casual or competitive modes), death match, the arms race, and demolition.
Counter-Strike: GO is truly a competitive masterpiece within the FPS genre, with match-making and leagues for all modes being supported by Steam. Using the Elo Rating System, the game attempts to match players to team mates and opponents of their skill-level.
As of October 2015, CS: GO tournaments have awarded an astonishing total of over $7.5 million in prize money!
Betting on the Counter-Strike Franchise
With eSports betting still a mere infant, not even a year old, most bookmakers that offer bets on Counter-Strike are only offering two markets—player and team wins.
If we were betting men—which, funnily enough, we are—we’d wager that eSports betting will become much bigger in 2016, which can only mean one thing: more markets. Fortunately, Counter-Strike has many features within matches which could be potential markets.
Amongst those are most kills, most deaths, highest rating, and objective-based bets—keep an eye on our site for the latest in the eSports betting world, and you may witness these markets come to life right in front of your eyes!
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