How to Play CS:GO After CS2 Launch

CSGO is still alive and well.

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After dominating the competitive scene for over 10 years, CS:GO has been completely wiped off Steam and replaced by the new and innovative CS2. Valve has announced that there will be no official support from them for CS:GO, as the official servers have been shut down for the game. However, there is a secret method to play CS:GO on Steam, which we will cover in this guide.

Can You Play CSGO After the Launch of CS2?

The answer is both yes and no. Although the official servers have been shut down for CS:GO, there are still workshop maps you can play and some community servers you can join in CS:GO. But before you do that, you must install the legacy version of CS:GO from Steam using a simple trick.

To play CSGO after the CS2 launch, follow the steps below:

  • Open Steam and right-click on Counter-Strike 2 in your game library.
  • Click on Properties.
  • Once the new window opens, click on the Betas tab on the left side.
  • Here, you will see the Beta Participation option with a dropdown next to it. Click on the arrow and select csgo_legacyLegacy Version of CS:GO from the list.

Steam will then start downloading the CS:GO game files. Once the game files have been downloaded, you can start the game by simply clicking on the Play button and choosing the legacy version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

That is all for how to play CS:GO after the launch of CS2. If you are wondering how to import your CS:GO settings to CS2, here’s what you need to know.

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Umair Niazi

Writing about games is a lifelong passion for Umair. When he's not working, you will find him in a Counter-Strike lobby raging at hackers. Please be nice if you come across him.