Updated: 05/02/2021 by Computer Hope
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Based on a mod released for the game Half-Life on June 19, 1999, Counter-Strike is a popular series of first-person shooter video games developed by Valve. The competitive online multiplayer rounds face a team of counter-terrorists against bomb and hostage threats.

Counter-Strike games

  • Counter-Strike (November 8, 2000)
  • Counter-Strike: Condition Zero (March 2004)
  • Counter-Strike: Source (November 2004)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (August 2012)

Counter-Strike titles are available for purchase on Steam for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Versions for Xbox and PlayStation consoles are also available in their respective platform stores.

Loot boxes

The Counter-Strike series, especially Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, has a reputation for the trading of rare cosmetic skins. These are earned through a controversial loot box system and are traded with other users through Steam.

First-person shooter, Game terms, Microtransaction