The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive development team has been hard at work in recent weeks. The latest CS:GO patch has dropped, bringing a host of new features, balance changes, and map updates. It’s an incredibly hefty patch that offers something of interest to any sort of fan of the game. The biggest change for esports fans is a greater integration of professional events into the game client. A list of upcoming and ongoing tournaments can now be found in the Watch tab alongside a list of live streams from major tournament organizers, with easy access offered to HLTV’s event and team pages. Though this is a major boon to CS:GO’s esports scene, the addition is somewhat disappointing.
Clicking on an event in the watch page yields a pop-up to the Twitch stream in the user’s default browser, with the games unwatchable through the CS:GO client in any way. There is also no built-in access to the game’s replays or statistics in the same way that is offered for Valve majors. The list of events is also fairly limited, especially when compared to Dota 2, where fans have comprehensive access to nearly every professional event. There is certainly cause to be hopeful that greater access will be offered to notable events in time, but the current integration is quite limited. An interesting UI addition was also made. Players looking to avoid the randomness of solo queuing for games now have more options for finding squad mates. A“Looking to Play” feature was added to the main menu, giving players the ability to search for party members for Competitive, Wingman, and Danger Zone The biggest change to the actual game comes in the form of a slight tweak to the loss bonus calculator. In reaction to some recent discussions among pro players, teams […]