CS:GO Now Offers Subscription Service, And Some Fans Aren't Happy About It
The $1 per month subscription offers a personal career page with detailed stats, but some players say the feature should be free.
Valve recently released a new stats tool for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (aka CS:GO). The service costs $1 per month and includes match stats from your Competitive, Premier, and Wingman game modes. But some fans have expressed disappointment with the feature, arguing that basic stat tracking should be free.
The stats feature was introduced in an update this week at the end of Operation Broken Fang. Purchasing Operation Broken Fang would give you a personal career stats page. When the operation ended, Valve introduced this new stats tracking feature for a nominal fee.
We’re also releasing the Snakebite Case, featuring 17 community-designed weapon finishes and introducing CS:GO 360 Stats, which continues the stats page and Round Win Chance report introduced in Broken Fang. This and more in today's Blog Post: https://t.co/18qBRWQqoE pic.twitter.com/LHWhR5UJPs— CS:GO (@CSGO) May 3, 2021
According to a CS:GO 360 Stats FAQ, the price (which is technically 99 cents) is the launch price, suggesting it could change in the future. After you subscribe, renewals will occur automatically every month on the date you signed up. Stats are only recorded while you're a subscriber, so any matches you play without a subscription won't count toward the tracking. The tracker doesn't record Casual and Scrimmage game mode stats.
But some fans replied to the announcement tweet arguing that stat-tracking should be free or that third-party stat-trackers already exist.
CS:GO 360 Stats for $0.99 per month ? Seriously ? Who wants to pay every month to keep his stats against the spinbots we have to fight every two games now— Pierre Dav (@piRdav) May 3, 2021
Damn this sucks. paying for a subscription fee that doesnt even provide better anti cheat or 128 tic servers at the least no ingame tournaments. ROFL guys just play faceit or esea and pay the cheaper sub fee for your stats there. or check 3rd party websites. bigdissapoint in valv— LethalScopes (@LethalSc0pes) May 3, 2021
CS:GO launched in 2012 but has remained among the top-grossing games on Steam as recently as 2020.