There’s a new logo on Valve’s CS:GO Twitter banner

Source 2 is right behind the corner. There has been a lot of speculation surrounding this update but it... Radu M. | 22. March 2023

Source 2 is right behind the corner. There has been a lot of speculation surrounding this update but it seems that after more than a decade, Valve will in fact transition to a new version of Counter-Strike.

This comes at a time when the game’s player base is greater than ever. It’s estimated that around 20 million people play CS:GO at least once a month and the number of average concurrent players is 815.000. For comparison, Dota 2 is played by around 415.000.

Signs that the big moment is quickly approaching

One of the biggest signs that Source 2 is about to be released is Valve’s CS:GO Twitter account, whose banner now reflects the imminent change. The well-known leaker, Aquiarius, drew everyone’s attention to this on his Twitter account on March 21.

Another sign that Source 2 is coming soon is Valve’s legal moves. The company filled out new trademarks for “Counter-Strike” and “CS2” in the last few weeks and is preparing a new logo.

According to a report by Richard Lewis, the game is pretty much ready to go and should be released as soon as this March. However, some delays are still possible and could postpone the moment for a month or two. But sooner or later, Source 2 will be released and it’s very likely that it will happen in the coming weeks.

From what it appears, some CS:GO players have already tested the new version of CS:GO and gave it a thumbs up. It remains to be seen if the game is properly polished or in a raw form that will need to be refined for at least another year.

We all know what happened when CS:GO was first released and just how much work it took to solve all the bugs and balance everything. Hopefully, Source 2 will be fun to play from the start.

Questions about the changes

What will be changed by this new version of Counter-Strike? Will it bring just some small visual improvements or will it change the game completely? And if it does change the game, what will happen to all of the skins that are currently in use?

A significant part of Counter-Strike’s ecosystem is the skin market. Millions of players are heavily invested in it and their skins are worth a lot of money.

There are tens of millions of case openings per month and Valve will probably want to make sure that people don’t lose their inventories. Otherwise, the community will complain about the new game.

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