The Limited Test only evaluates a subset of Counter-Strike 2's features, so that major issues can be resolved before the summer. But there’s much more to come. In just a few months we’ll reveal all of the details of Counter-Strike 2, and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Players are selected based on a number of factors deemed important by the Counter-Strike 2 development team, including (but not limited to) recent playtime on Valve official servers, trust factor, and Steam account standing.
Accounts which are locked on Steam (for any reason) cannot accept Limited Test invitations or participate in the Limited Test until the lock is removed from the account.
If you are chosen to participate in the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test you will receive a notification on the main menu of CS:GO.
If you receive an invitation select "ENROLL" and begin your download. When the download is complete launch CS:GO and select the "Limited Test" option to play the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test.
More players will be added to the Limited Test over time. Keep checking your CS:GO main menu to see if you have received an invite.
Counter-Strike 2 is expected to ship Summer 2023.
Please visit the Counter-Strike blog for up-to-date information on the limited test and future announcements.
Initially the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test will offer Deathmatch and Unranked Competitive matchmaking on Dust2.
Future limited test releases will offer other game modes, maps, and features.
If you encounter bugs during the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test please send an email to cs2team [at] valvesoftware [dot] com and title your email "CS2LT Bug - " then include a brief description of the bug.
For example, "CS2LT Bug - Stuck in ground on Dust2".
In the body of your email please include a detailed description of the bug, reproduction steps, and any screenshots or other helpful information so the Counter-Strike 2 team may investigate.
Yes. All of your weapon finishes, stickers, and other CS:GO inventory items will be available to use in Counter-Strike 2. Please report any inventory item and weapon finish bugs you encounter using the previously mentioned bug report process.
No. During the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test players cannot modify inventory items within Counter-Strike 2. This includes applying stickers, scraping stickers, using Trade Up Contracts, and other ways players can modify their in-game items.
If you would like to modify your items you will need to do so in CS:GO.
Yes. Please note, you will only play with and against other players playing the same version of Counter-Strike as you.
Counter-Strike 2 players will play with and against other Counter-Strike 2 players, and CS:GO players will play with and against other CS:GO players.
Yes. XP in the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test counts and will carry over to CS:GO.
Not initially. Stay tuned to the CS:GO blog for information about workshop map availability.
Not initially. Stay tuned to the CS:GO blog for information about community server availability.
No. Accounts with VAC or game bans in CS:GO cannot play Counter-Strike 2 on VAC-secured servers.
Yes. If you have a competitive cooldown in CS:GO you cannot matchmake in Counter-Strike 2 and vice versa.
No. The Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test is only available on Windows.