Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gets Operation Payback event

Community map-making event asks players for $5.99 and is running until July 31.

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Valve will add seven community-made maps to its official Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dedicated servers, the developer has announced.

The maps will be available until July 31, and Valve is calling the event Operation Payback.

Access to the servers requires purchasing a pass costing $5.99/£4.99, though the item is currently being sold for 50 percent off in the game's store. Purchasing the pass also gives players a new, upgradable badge which is displayed alongside avatars.

The seven community maps included are Museum, Downtown, Thunder, Favela, Motel, Seaside, and Library. Money spent on the pass will go to the creators of the maps.

Valve says Operation Payback is the first in a series of attempts to reward CS:GO's community map-makers.

Discussion

89 comments
Sardinar
Sardinar

It seems fine, but the bullshit part of this is that you have to first put the funds into Steam before you can buy Operation: Payback. 

What's wrong with that? You can only put funds into Steams via $5 or $10 sums. So, if I want to buy a discounted $3 Operation Payback, I have to invest $5. If it's the full $6, I have to invest $10.

Good job, Valve, and I was about to buy this LOL.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

Regarding the screenshot at the top of the article... why are they still using an old promo screen? Pretty sure that ingame gun model was changed to an M4A4 (the gun you see in first person), rather than M4A1 (from CS and CS:S) that you can see there. 

youngmike01
youngmike01

Valve seems to be the only company that are completely in touch with gamers.

TheJamin
TheJamin

Counterstrike on a console. It's hilarious!

AhvrenStone
AhvrenStone

Yet another reason to love Valve.
Companies take note, the consumer likes when you support their creativity!

Reuwsaat
Reuwsaat

It's a win-win for everybody; The map-makers get an incentive to keep making more maps, the community gets incentive to make top-notch maps to try to get onto these bonifications, the players get amazing maps to play on and Valve gets more content (quality content) for their game, hence more attractive to people buy CS:GO. Allowing mods seems to be the best strategy for the devs, clearly seen throught Bethesda and Valve. Wish more companies get to this figuring out, I simply love mods!

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

Actually, right now it's $2.99, for a limited time.

Skakruk
Skakruk

assholes. and where are the days of custom maps for unreal and quake ?

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

"From now until July 31st, enjoy uninterrupted low-ping play on official dedicated servers and reward CS:GO's top-rated virtual mapmakers with real money."

Activsion make you pay 4 times as much for less maps on crappy p2p networks  & the money would go straight into bobby kotick fat wallet...... Valve ftw.

Rattlesnake_8
Rattlesnake_8

You can download countless maps for CS 1.6 and CS: Source for free.. why would I pay to have access to a few new maps on their official servers? No thanks.

Godsire-
Godsire-

Seriously, Valve can kiss my PS3's ass. Where in the hell are these maps the consoles?

Valve is one of the most overrated companies in gaming anyways. Shocking how everyone kisses their ass when they make good, but not great games and get overblown review scores from everybody.

Oh and they complain the PS3 is too hard to develop for. Really? Aren't you supposed to be one of the leading game developers in the world?!! And you have problems with a console? Give me a break. And their founder, a huge arrogant fat-ass (Gabe Newell), rips the PS3 and then goes on stage during E3 and tries to act like he likes it now.

Valve can suck it.

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

If this were Call of Duty Activision would take the maps themselves and sell it for 20 bucks ;)

Poodger
Poodger

Honestly, there are hundreds of other maps I could play for free instead. I don't even play vanilla modes anyway, it is all about the mods.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

I don't understand what I'm buying. Are these all maps that are available for free, and Valve is just raising funds to give to the modders that made these maps?

MMAMiller666
MMAMiller666

Why do I even stop to look at CS news when I have it for PS3 and know that they dont give a flying f**k about consoles even though they gave us the game on them... GIVE US NEW MAPS ON CONSOLES!


Accuracy158
Accuracy158

@Sardinar I would totally agree.  Luckily I had added some funds to my wallet before the summer sale so that I wouldn't be making little micro transactions on my credit cards every eight hours or so (easier to just add 50 bucks credit).

Red_Jester
Red_Jester

@Sardinar Yeah... I was just about to buy this and then I saw the completely idiotic console inspired payment system they want you to use for it. I don't have time for that greedy bullshit scheme.

Why is it even there? This better not ever be applied to the whole storefront some day like Sony already sold out and did to PSN.

Dieofnv
Dieofnv

@youngmike01 not so in touch they completely forgot about the console community.   

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

@Reuwsaat Yeah, and have you noticed on Steam since the Workshop got started, how mannnnny games are jumping all over it allowing players to create mods for their games- or just enjoy others'. It also benefits the individual games because people play them for longer instead of moving on the next so quickly. It's good for all.

Red_Jester
Red_Jester

@Tidal_Abyss Actually, it's $4.99 since that's the minimum Steam will accept before they allow you to purchase it.

LtReviews
LtReviews

@Rattlesnake_8  

It's not a "few" new maps, it is SEVEN.

Read the dam article before you complain.

And as mentioned earlier, the money goes to reward the map-making devs, so its definitely a worthy investment.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

@Rattlesnake_8 Actually, the money goes straight to the modders. It's kind of like what they did with TF2 (except I think it was stamps or something). You can still go on the normal third party servers and play those same maps for free, as well as all the ones on workshop, this is just kind of like donating to the community.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

@Godsire- Playing counterstrike on a console = doing it wrong. 

If you like counterstrike, you should be thankful that it even GOT a console version. If not, go back to call of duty.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@Godsire- The PS3 is hard to develop for because Sony are arrogant little shits and expected all the developers to follow suit and bow to their Aztec Alien Voodoo technology & disregard every other platform and waste development time on their precious box.

The PS3 hardware is flawed with it's spit memory + cell processor and is carried by great games, which is a good thing & they got lucky.

Valve games are not great ? I'm still waiting for an FPS to be made that is better than the Half-Life series.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

@Godsire- To be fair, Gabe Newell made that comment really early in the PS3's life, and it was (and still is) truthful. The PS3 was a dev nightmare, barely anyone could figure out how to really use the Cell. It took teams a while to finally figure out how to use it, and they still have problems. (ie, Bethesda with TES5 dlc).

   And if you're that up in arms about the community maps, then I would believe you actually play CSGO. And if you DO play CSGO, then you should know the PC version is leaps and bounds better than the console version, simply because it's actually most played on Steam.

   Although, I do agree with you that Valve as a developer is overrated, they do make some really awesome games, but when they develop something, my god does it drag on. However, Valve as a company? They're probably one of the best companies to work for in the industry. Seriously, just find the new hire brochure that was leaked last year; if  any of it is half the truth, it sounds like it's as awesome to work there as it is to work with Google (albeit, Google HQ has a god damn rollercoaster...)

TL;DR - they're a pc dev first, they're not worried about what console gamers think 

96augment
96augment

@Godsire- Why do you think Portal, Half-life, Countrstrike, and their other games are good but not great? 

qewretrytuyiuoi
qewretrytuyiuoi

@starcrafthenry yup its a way of rewarding the modders for all their hard work, time and effort to improve an already great franchise.

scout7
scout7

@MMAMiller666The maps were made for the PC by users.  They would have to be downgraded by developers in order to adjust to the limited console power.  It would be a waste of time and money for developers.

youngmike01
youngmike01

@Dieofnv @youngmike01 But how much of the console community play this game?  How much of them make maps that are worth paying for?  The point I was making is not only are they giving some of the money made from this to the players who made these maps, the price for them is fair.  Unlike COD's four $15 map packs which totals the price of the game itself.     

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

@Red_Jester Note you posted 3 days after me, I read the $2.99 right off the site and other posters even quoted the same price in the comments, evidentally the 'limited time' was up by the time you read/saw the site. 

Godsire-
Godsire-

@the_bi99man @Godsire- I used to play CS on a PC. A lot. Like hundreds & hundreds & hundreds of hours a lot. So yes, I know playing CS on a console is not as good. You are preaching to the choir here. I purchased it bc it was $15 and i don't currently have a gaming PC. But that doesn't mean Valve shouldn't support the game that they release. Is this another 'Team Fortress' on consoles?

In fact, it's a stupid business move on their part. Why wouldn't they release new maps to the PS3 or Xbox 360? Are they trying to NOT make $? Of course, I am not concerned with how much money they make. I am more concerned with the quality of their games. But it just goes to show how they handle themselves in the console world.

And I don't play Call Of Duty online. I only play the Infinity Ward COD games (Modern Warfare titles) and I play them single-player.

Godsire-
Godsire-

@SteamyPotatoes @Godsire-  Ahh.... the overrated Half-Life series. You are still waiting for a FPS better than than the Half-Life series? Well, some people are still waiting for the next Half-Life game that is, apparently, never coming.

Oh and you are CHOOSING to wait, because I think BioShock would would like to send a Big Daddy over to your house to settle the dispute.

And I know WHY the PS3 was hard to develop for. So what? Naughty Dog doesn't seem to have a problem with it. Or the countless other games (also from THIRD party companies) can seem to make it work. Valve is just overrated and always has been.

Tidal_Abyss
Tidal_Abyss

@feathers632 -While I don't like system wars, I have to agree with you. They're definately not for everyone.

starcrafthenry
starcrafthenry

@qewretrytuyiuoi @scout7  Thanks for the replies. I looked through the list, and the only map I've played from it, Favela, I dislike. Maybe the next group of maps will have something I actually enjoyed, and then I'll support those modders.

the_bi99man
the_bi99man

@scout7 @MMAMiller666 This. The reason valve even organized this in the first place is because it costed them nothing, and the proceeds are going to the map-makers who, in these cases, are not valve employees. These maps were made, for the PC version, by independent modders, who are playing the game on PC. No independent modders are making maps for the console version because A: they can't.  and B: even if they could, they'd have no way to distribute them and let people play. No public servers. Valve didn't do anything to make these maps, and in order to put them on consoles, Valve WOULD have to do something.

Godsire-
Godsire-

@qewretrytuyiuoi @Godsire- My point is why can't Valve figure out a way to get us console players some new maps? Having only 2 hostage maps is annoying. And having them completely separate from the 'de' maps is ridiculous.

They did the same thing with Team Fortress for the consoles. Sell the game (it was included in the Orange Box), take the $, then abandon the product. And Team Fortress was laggy and glichy as hell. 

qewretrytuyiuoi
qewretrytuyiuoi

@Godsire-  I think you are mis-understanding, Valve didn't make these maps ,the community did so i would probably be asking why can't the ps3 community do the same ? they don't even have to be original they can just port over already made maps....if it were easy to do and if the consoles had a modding community to speak of.

Godsire-
Godsire-

@SteamyPotatoes Wow, I don't even know where go with how ridiculously stupid your comment was. I'll just turn, walk away, and pray.....for the love of god.....that you never re-produce.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@Godsire- @SteamyPotatoes Such lies, Naughty Dog is overrated & was paid off by Sony to put up with their crappy development tools which got better in the recent years tbh but still a farse.

Bioshock gameplay is crap compared to half life, the story is good yes ill give them that but story is seconday to gameplay if you care about gaming at all.