Counter-Strike has come a long way since its heyday as a free mod for Valve’s original Half-Life in 1999. It has long been an esports favourite team game throughout its various incarnations, from the final 1.6 version of the original commercial release to Condition Zero to the Source engine remake, and finally to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or CS GO as it is popularly known. To date, hundreds of players have contested round after round of terrorists versus counter-terrorists battles to determine who is the best CS GO team in Canada.

Valve has always been passionate about this game ever since they hired the original team of modders and acquired their IP. Nowadays, anyone can get the original game for free on Steam, and it still has an active nostalgic player base. But the format of the game has hardly changed since the late 90s, the maps in CS GO have seen an absolute revolution in quality thanks to years of enhancements to the much more advanced Source engine that originally launched Half-Life 2. But despite all the possibilities of such an advanced game engine, there are still contemporary remakes of the original Counter-Strike classic maps such as Dust.

There are two main game modes: hostages and bombs. In hostage maps, teams take turns either guarding or rescuing the hostages, and in bomb maps, they take turns securing a site to plant a bomb, or locating and defusing a bomb. Sometimes, the counter-terrorists can win a game by killing the terrorists before they have a chance to plant the bomb. Likewise, terrorists can win a game by killing all the counter-terrorists before they can rescue any hostages.

Teams start a match with a limited amount of money and begin the first game with pistols. After each round, teams have more money available and can buy better weapons, armour, flashbangs, and frag, smoke and stun grenades.