CS:GO pits two teams against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides are tasked with eliminating each other while also completing separate goals. The Terrorists must either plant the bomb or defend the hostages, while the Counter-Terrorists must either prevent the bomb from being planted, defuse the bomb, or rescue the hostages.
CS:GO’s game format depends on the tournament’s importance and the phase in which it is currently played: best of 1 (winning the map equals to winning the game), best of 3 (winning 2 maps equals to winning the game) and best of 5 (winning 3 maps equals to winning the game).
To win a map, one of the teams needs to reach a total of 16 rounds. If a map ends in a tie (15:15 score on rounds), overtime might be available as well, hence the duration of the match might be up to 90 minutes. There are different maps currently played, such as Dust 2, Mirage, Cache, Inferno, Overpass.
The most common format is a 5 vs. 5 players matchup, but sometimes there are special championships for 1 vs. 1 and 2 vs. 2 players matchup. The CS: GO Major Championships, commonly known as Majors, bring up to 24 worldwide professional teams and the prize pool can exceed $1.5 million per tournament.
Popular betting markets: Home – Away, Rounds Over/Under, Correct Score, Asian Handicap.
Top CS: GO competitions and tournaments:
- BLAST Premier
- Snow Sweet Snow
- Intel Extreme Masters Season XVI – Cologne
- The ESL Pro League
- The Intel Extreme Masters (IEM)