Valve has just released Counter-Strike 2, the latest instalment of its legendary online shooter. That means this is the perfect time to join the party.
The bullet party.
Not only is Counter-Strike 2 incredibly accessible and fun, its maps and gameplay refined over literally decades of tweaks and improvements, but it’s a major visual upgrade on what came before, thanks to the cutting-edge Source 2 engine.
And it’s free. Like Fortnite and PUBG, Counter-Strike 2 makes its money not through unit sales but through cases, the mystery boxes that power the thriving Counter-Strike economy.
This is how they work.
Each case in Counter-Strike 2 is sort of lucky dip. There are many different types, but they all contain a range of potential skins for your in-game weapons. It’s only when you open a case that you find out which skin you’re getting.
You can buy cases, or you can get them for free every week through the Weekly Care Package system, which rewards you with random treats for ranking up.
Either way, you can’t open a crate without a key, which costs $2.50.
That might seem like a lot of money for the possibility of a cosmetic item that you may already have, but here’s the thing: you can sell skins to other players. And some of these skins are worth a lot of money.
So much money, in fact, that you can’t trade them on Steam’s own marketplace, which has a cap of $1800 per item. You need outside help to shift the really good stuff.
Meet Clash.gg and CS2 Cases
On Clash.gg, you can buy and sell crates for however much you like. You can even make your own crates, deciding exactly what goes inside them and how much to charge.
But that’s just the start. Clash.gg is also a gambling platform, with several casino-style minigames that let you bet with skins, winning real money in the process.
Or losing it. As with any type of gambling, there’s always a risk that you’ll hit a bad patch or get carried away. Watch the video below to see this in action.
Fortunately, Clash.gg’s rain system lets you play for free if gambling is too rich for your blood.