How to Play Counter Strike 2 Limited Beta Test

Abhimannu Das
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Counter-Strike 2 Limited Beta

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Access to Counter-Strike 2's limited test depends on your Steam account's standing, playtime on official servers, and trust factor.
Eligible players will directly receive a notification in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive if they are invited.
As part of the current Limited test, players can try out the Deathmatch and Unranked Competitive matchmaking, and only the Dust 2 map will be available.

Counter-Strike 2 was officially announced by Valve and it is set to release in Summer 2023. But if you want to get your hands on the game early, you can participate in the limited beta which will be live. Any experience points you earn during the limited test will carry over so you do not need to worry about losing out on progression. In case you want to try out the game right now, here’s everything you need to know about participating in Counter Strike 2’s limited beta test.

Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test Eligibility 

The eligibility for Counter-Strike 2’s Limited Test relies on a number of factors including: 

  • Playtime on Valve’s official servers

  • Trust factor 

  • Steam account standing 

If you are selected you will receive a notification in-game in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). The number of players who receive access will increase over time so don’t be disheartened if you cannot get into the game just yet. Keep checking CS:GO to see if you receive an invite. 

How to get into the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test

Players will be selected by Valve based on the eligibility factors we mentioned earlier. It is an invite-only test, so you will receive a notification in-game if you are eligible. Once you do receive an invitation you need to accept the invite within CS:GO by clicking on the Enroll button and you will be able to download Counter-Strike 2’s limited test version via Steam.

Warning: There are dubious websites claiming to offer Counter-Strike 2 beta access and intend to steal your Steam information. Do not fall for them as you could lose access to your Steam account permanently.

As part of the current Limited test, players can try out the Deathmatch and Unranked Competitive matchmaking, and only the Dust 2 map will be available. You will not get access to other maps right now but Valve has promised that future updates will introduce additional maps, game modes and features. 

If you do not get access to the beta, you will be able to play the game when it officially launches in Summer 2023.


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Abhimannu is a PC esports writer at AFK Gaming. With over seven years of experience in esports journalism, he has worked on a myriad of games and their ecosystems including Valorant, Overwatch and Apex Legends.