A decade of CS:GO, and all we got were stickers and a cupcake?
Not even the rumoured game engine update made it for the celebration.
The perennial FPS tactical shooter title turned 10, and VALVE basically did nothing to celebrate the milestone. Sure, they did announce the addition of fan favourite map Tuscan to the official matchmaking list, but other than a sticker pack and birthday coin – nothing significant was added to the game.
Based on the release note by CS:GO they added:
- The 10-Year Birthday Sticker Capsule
- Maps (Anubis, Breach, and Tuscan for Competitive, Casual, and Deathmatch game modes, Primetime and Blagai for the Wingman game mode)
- The 10-Year Birthday Coin
- Cupcake trophy
- Birthday hat for the chickens
The “10 Year Birthday Sticker Capsule” contains over 60 community-submitted sticker designs from dedicated members of the CS:GO community.
Otherwise, the 10th anniversary was a bust, at least for the fans of the game.
There were rumours running around the internet that the 10th anniversary was when the game will see it migrate to the Source 2 engine, but alas the rumour stayed as a rumour.
The community did expect VALVE to do more as CS:GO turning 10 is a big deal – it is currently one of the longest-running esports titles on the market, and what valve did was essentially a minor patch and map refresh.
The new maps in rotation
Unless VALVE is planning something bigger later on, there has been nothing hinted by the company to celebrate the game more than what they have released – and that is a shame. Showing thanks to the community by just releasing stickers (admittedly nice looking, community-sourced stickers) screams minimum effort, and that doesn’t sit well with the community at large.