Counter-Strike (often abbreviated as CS) is one of the oldest eSports that is still being played today. The first version of the game was released in 2000 and the most recent version, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was released in 2012. CS eSports have grown significantly since, The game’s developer, Valve, hosts multiple $1 million tournaments each year, and there are multiple professional leagues that offer millions more in prizes. One of the newest leagues, the ELEAGUE will appear in prime time on TBS every Friday evening.
The game’s age and popularity has allowed it to build up a significant competitive amateur scene, so aspiring teams can always find like-minded and similarly skilled competition to play against.
What is Counter-Strike
Counter-Strike is a first-person shooter game. Two teams of five compete on one of more than a dozen maps. The team on the attack attempt to destroy key targets while the defending team aims to prevent them from doing so. Much like baseball, the game is made up of distinct rounds and halfway through the game the teams changes sides.
During the game, players earn money for winning rounds, scoring kills, and planting or defusing bombs. Each round, players need to make use of the equipment that they finished the previous round with, purchase new equipment, or make due with just a pistol. Planning as a team to purchase the most effective equipment, as well as making due with the minimum when needed, is a major part of the game. During the actual combat, players need precise aim, quick reactions, patience, and teamwork to prevail.
Why Play Counter-Strike?
Counter-Strike is a fast-paced, exciting eSport that requires players to be quick-witted, precise, and work well with their team. The game teaches players numerous valuable skills.
- Quick, Accurate Reactions – Players need to react to sight and sound and be accurate with their aim to prevent enemies from getting the drop on them.
- Teamwork – When it takes only a second for an enemy to surprise and kill you, trusting teammates to cover you, and doing the same for them is essential.
- Planning – When money to buy equipment is a limited resource, knowing when to buy better weapons, and when to save, can win games.
- Improvisation – When money runs low, players need to make due with whatever equipment and strategic tricks they have.
- Patience – The defending team has the advantage. Players must resist the urge to rush into battle and instead play to their strengths.
- Other benefits – Like traditional sports, players learn to handle defeat, be graceful in victory, and how to reflect on themselves, their skills, and how to improve.