CS:GO Wins “Labor of Love” at The Steam Awards 2020

Aditya Singh Rawat
5/Jan/2021 10:43 am

CS:GO wins the "Labor of Love" category at The Steam Awards - 2020.
This award goes to a game which is well past its debut but still continues to receive support from the developers.
CS:GO since its release in Aug 2012 has received constant updates from Valve.

One of Steam’s most popular game which has been developed by Valve, CS:GO has gone on to win the “Labor of Love” category during ‘The Steam Awards - 2020’. This particular title is “awarded to a previously released game which continues to receive updates” and is chosen by the Steam Community themselves.

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CS:GO Wins “Labor of Love - The Steam Awards 2020”

Counter-Strike is a game which has been around for ages. The series which originally began in 1999 has gone through various phases of transformation with CS:GO being released eight years ago in August 2012. The title continues to enjoy a huge dedicated userbase which witnessed a sharp increase last year, as a peak of more than a million concurrent players was observed across six different months.

These players along with other Steam users collectively voted for ‘CS:GO’ which resulted in the title, winning the ‘Labor of Love’ category. Let’s take a look at some of the recent updates that Valve has rolled out for CS:GO which has improved the game, enhanced things for the users, or simply awarded them with additional game content.

  • Valve’s ‘Operation Shattered Web’ which released in November 2019 came to an end in March 2020, giving CS:GO a huge boost as they released a good amount of engaging content right at the start of the year.

  • Valve also released the currently ongoing ‘Operation Broken Fang’ in December 2020 which brought with it a plethora of content and new game features like improved communication tools, weapon drop changes, dynamic ping system, retake game mode, 1v1 arenas, and more.

  • Valve introduced a couple of new game features aimed against cheating, the biggest of them being ‘Trusted Mode’. Its success might be a point of debate, but it was a huge change rolled out by Valve and their way of dealing with cheaters.

  • Valve pushed out a few ‘Visual Updates’ which made it easier for players to spot enemies who would at times blend in with the background. This change was highly applauded by the community members and has been proved to be a really effective change.

  • Valve had to deal with the competitive side of things also for which they rolled out an RMR system that would work as a qualifying system for the next CS:GO Major, gave their verdict on the ‘Spectator Bug Exploit’, and more.

So overall the developers did in fact do quite a lot for CS:GO in 2020 which is probably why it got so many votes in its favour. Especially considering the fact that the CS:GO community is quite hard to please and are usually seen pretty upset with Valve.

“The CS:GO team is proud to receive this award, and we look forward to shipping updates and new content to CS:GO in 2021. Thank you for all your votes!”

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Aditya Singh Rawat is the in-house CS:GO editor at AFK Gaming. While his understanding of the esports space is not restricted by geographical borders, his current focus lies in the Asian region. Understands and follows almost all major esport titles.