Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the best known and most popular computer games in the FPS genre. The rough idea of the game is as follows: before the start of a game, the players are divided into two teams - the terrorists and the anti-terrorist unit.
The two teams then fight each other and each team tries to achieve its goals. Terrorists set bombs or take hostages and the anti-terrorist unit tries to defuse bombs and free hostages.
Counter-Strike is primarily played online and enjoys a very prosperous esports community. Compared to many other shooters, a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match is more tactical and it is important that team members work together. This also makes it interesting for neutral viewers to follow the matches of the best teams live.
For the latest edition of the Counter-Strike series, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or CS:GO for short, there are a variety of professional leagues and tournaments in which players from all over the world compete against each other. It is not uncommon for professional teams to collect millions in prize money over the course of the year.
Which CS:GO bets are there?
The high prize money distributions show how professional the eSport area for Counter-Strike has evolved. As with any other professional sport, this also draws the attention of betting providers who have discovered the potential of esports more and more for themselves in recent years.
In addition, people who have played video games online at a young age and are fans today are now increasingly reaching the appropriate age to place bets.
For Counter-Strike Global Offensive there are a variety of bet types that give viewers the opportunity to play for money. As with other team sports, CS:GO mainly bets on the performance of the entire team.
The most popular bet is the classic single bet. In this case, the winner of a game is predicted, i.e. which team will win a map. In CS:GO, 16 rounds are usually played per map. Further standard bets, which are also used in other sports, are the handicap bet, the over / under bet, combination bets, and long-term bets.
Handicap bets are useful when there is a clear favorite in an argument. With a normal single bet, the win rate would be relatively low in such a case.
In the case of a handicap bet, however, the favorite is assigned a handicap, which means that the underdog team enters the game with a lead.
Over / under bets
Over / Under bets are about whether the end result is over or under a certain value. In
Counter-Strike betting you can place over / under bets on how high a team will win a game.
Combination bets combine different single bets. As a rule, all single bets in a combination must be correct in order to generate a profit.
Since the odds of the single bets are multiplied in combination bets, a high profit can be achieved with a low stake. However, the risk of losing the bet is of course also significantly higher.
Long term bets
As the name suggests, long-term bets are not placed on individual games or rounds, but rather on longer-term events. In Counter-Strike, for example, a long-term bet is which team will win a tournament.
Specific CS:GO bets
A CS:GO specific bet is, for example, the bet on the winning team of the so-called Pistol Round or pistol round. This is used to decide which team starts on which side, i.e. either as a terrorist or as an anti-terrorist unit.
In the pistol round, the players are limited, as it were, as they are only allowed to use pistols as weapons. This leads to more surprises.
Which CS:GO Skins bets are there?
The skins have made big headlines in the scene lately. CS:GO Skins are extensions and pieces of equipment, such as clothing or weapons. Some skins only have an external value due to a special design. Others, however, can change the handling and influence the overall strength of a character.
Skins either have to be bought or can be earned through a good performance at corresponding events. There are less popular and extremely popular skins, which of course has an impact on the value of the skin. CS:GO players can sell and exchange skins, or use them as stakes for skins betting.
Skins are used as equivalent to money and are also used for certain events. Skins are not offset in monetary amounts, but CS:GO Skin betting sites determine an approximate value for skins or convert them into credits.
Skins are used as a stake when placing a bet and additional skins are received if the bet is successful. Most of the skin betting sites only allow single bets to be placed on certain matches. The variety of betting options is therefore rather small.
Skins bets have made headlines because of their dubious character. Many CS:GO Skin betting sites are not regulated and there are always cases of fraud in which users have more or less stolen their skins.
Valve, the developer of CS:GO, is trying to curb skin betting. However, since the market is huge, this endeavor seems difficult and there will probably not be a complete stop to skins betting for the time being.
Counter-Strike Events & Tournaments
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Events take place all over the world and often attract thousands of viewers. The events are mostly held in large event halls and spectators can follow the matches of the teams present live on large screens. At major events, up to 20,000 spectators are there live and create a good atmosphere.
There are a variety of professional Counter-Strike leagues and tournaments. These are some of the most prominent:
- ESL Pro League
- eSports Championship Series
- World Cyber Arena
- ESL One
The teams that make it into these spheres compete in cities across the globe throughout the year. The competitions are usually held over three days from Friday to Sunday and have around 14,000 visitors every day. The winning team can look forward to a bonus of € 300,000.