The Professional Esports Competition

With the global pandemic, many people have been forced under lockdown. This has also affected the sporting industry with most professional sports leagues now taking a backseat. For sports fans, this has been tragic and has left many searching for alternative methods of sports entertainment.

This has caused many people to focus their time on esports. If you have recently gained an interest in Counter-Strike, this guide is here to initiate you into the fun world of this awesome game. Furthermore, you may even get paid for playing the game.

Let’s Start with Some History

There is so much about counter strike that it’s virtually impossible to know everything there is about the sport. However, it would pay to learn just a little bit of history. This franchise started two decades ago in 2000.It was a modification of the then popular game called Half-Life. Counter-Strike was created by Valve and was its first major breakthrough hit. The players could choose two sides- either play as terrorist or counter terrorist.

Over the years there have been many modifications and improvements to the game to how we know it today. Along with the rise of tournaments, spectators can even place their bets through sites like

Understanding the Rules of the Game

The first thing to understand is that counter strike features 30 rounds. Of the two teams, the first to win 16 rounds will be declared the winner. During the tournament, a winning team needs to claim 2 out of 3 winds, or 3 out of 5 wins.

There are only two teams. Each team will have 5 players and each team can either play as terrorists or counter terrorists. If the terrorists are able to place a bomb and have it detonated, they win. On the other hand, the counter terrorists will win if they eliminate the terrorists before they can plant the bomb or if they can disarm the bomb before it has a chance to detonate.

Counter-Strike seems to be a very simple game. Each round will have an effect on the subsequent ones and players will need to purchase all the gear that they’ll need before the round begins. You’ll use the gear on the second round if you are able to stay alive in the game. However, if you die in the first round, you’ll need to purchase your gear again in the second round.

The Importance of Communication

When learning how to play Counter-Strike, one of the most important aspects of the game and one that can mean the difference between winning or losing is communication. It’s highly recommended to use mics. It takes longer, after all, to type out location than it takes to say it. And the faster a message can be passed across, the better the entire team can react to it.

Another crucial aspect of good communication is to be able to call out the location of the enemy on the map. It follows then that the players need to study the map to be able to call out the exact location of the enemy.

What to Expect When Watching Counterstrike

Counter-Strike doesn’t take as long as traditional sports such as football. However, it is by no means a short game, and will typically last around 45 minutes. Considering the rules of tournament play and the fact that winning means besting 2 out of 3, you could watch the game for between 90 minutes to up to 2 hours.

Furthermore, the tournament will not run for a day but will usually take either a full weekend or a whole week. If there is one thing you may notice right away when you start watching Counter-Strike is that many players seem to make their moves on instinct,which can make the game quite intimidating, especially for beginners.

How You Can Watch Counter Strike

By now you are probably wondering how you can tune in to Counter-Strike. Note that there is no schedule set for the tournaments. It’s a collection of tournaments, and the teams will need to earn points to make it to the championships.

The tournaments will be broadcast at their Twitch channels. That said, the re-runs and highlights are usuallyuploaded on YouTube.

Final Thoughts

With the Covid-19 lockdown, many people are searching for new forms of entertainment. If you are into both sports and video games, you can have a blast watching and following Counter-Strike. You’ll need to understand the rules of the game as well as how to tune in.