Free Game Counter-Strike: Global offensive players will no longer be able to gain XP, ranks, downgrades, or have assigned skill groups, following Valve's latest changes to the game's Prime system.
Released for free just over three years ago, CS: GO separates its paid from unpaid players with Prime status. Initially, while their paid counterparts benefited from the exclusive combination of Prime and special rewards, players who were not Prime could still access the ranked game and eventually could make their way to the prestigious Prime group.
"Unfortunately, over time, these benefits have become an incentive for bad actors to hurt the experience of new and existing players," Valve wrote in blog post. "So today we are reviewing the offer for new players.
"New players can still play all game modes, play community servers, and play workshop maps. However, they will no longer receive XP, ranks, casualties, or skill groups; these features are now available. are available exclusively to first – time players ".
Unfortunately, F2P players will no longer be able to upgrade to Global Elite. But they are not completely blocked to match. Rather, Valve also unveiled Unranked Matchmaking this week, a system that will still match players based on their perceived skill, with the warning that they will never gain XP or qualify. Top players can also come in, if they feel the need to play without putting their rank on the line or if they want to play with friends on very different levels.
If you are currently a free player who is worried about losing your location, Valve promises that your XP and rank will continue if you buy a Main update in the next two weeks. Otherwise, it will return to the bottom. Sorry.