Counter Strike: Global Offensive has grown tremendously both as a game and an e-sport over the last few years. We’re huge fans of CS:GO here at DatHost and therefore we’ve scoured the web for the most interesting statistics for CS:GO, and compiled them into a large infographic. Hopefully you find it as interesting to read as it was for us to make! As a sidenote; if you’re a designer and would be interested in doing some cool things like this in the future, get in touch with anders [at] dathost.net.
Without further ado; here’s the infographic (click on the infographic to view full version):
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Certain plugins will get your server blacklisted
If you haven’t heard about Valve’s plugin policies, or don’t know exactly what they are about, this post should help inform you of what Valve’s plugin policies are and what they mean for you as a server hoster.
Valve recently made a change to how their CS:GO servers operate. To start your CS:GO server, you’ll now need a Gameserver Login Token (GSLT) to be registered with your server. At the time of writing, this change is expected to go live sometime next week, according to Valve.
This may seem cumbersome at first, but is fairly easy to do. We’ll walk you through how to, step-by-step below.
One of the advantages of using GSLTs is that people who add your server to favorites will still be able to find and connect to your server, even if you change hosting provider and/or the IP / port of your server. This was something that previously was impossible.
At the bottom of this post, there’ll be an FAQ with some of the most common questions regarding GSLTs and answers to them. Continue reading
Running certain plugins will cause your server to be blacklisted
Valve recently announced they would blacklist any servers running plugins that are offering to their players false inventories and/or profiles as a free or paid service. Essentially this refers to the so-called !knife and !ws plugins and the popular weapon paints plugins.
In order to comply with Valve’s wishes, we ask all of our users to remove any plugins of this type, as running these plugins will cause your server to be blacklisted. We’ll also be actively purging these plugins from servers running with us.
Running a plugin of this type will cause us to immediately delete your server with no refunds offered, as you run the risk of blacklisting your server and any other servers running on the same machine.
Since April, DatHost has been expanding our presence into the U.S. market, and has since been looking for partners in the area, so that we can ensure the same great quality of our services as we have been delivering to our EU customers, and we’re now happy to announce our first partner in North America: Vault. Vault is a new organization with a professional attitude, dedicated to breeding new talent and share a lot of values with us, making them a natural partner. Vault’s CS:GO squad have participated in CEVO-Main and the qualifiers for RGN NA, and have been showing a lot of potential.
Update: As most people figured out, this was an April’s fools. Thanks to everyone who laughed with us, hopefully we’ll see Half-life 3 for real some day!
Nassau, Bahamas – Ever since the release of our CS:GO and Minecraft servers, people have been asking – Where will you go next? What’s the next game to have revolutionized gameserver hosting? To us, the answer was always clear, as in our minds there was only one game that could top the ones we already have. Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Half-Life 3 servers.
Today we’ll go through how you can use eBot with your DatHost.net server or with any other dedicated server. If you are hosting the server yourself, or have your server with another host, you will have to make sure that the cSay plugin is installed on your CSGO server. On DatHost.net servers, you can easily install the cSay plugin with one click.
Valve recently updated de_cobblestone, or cbble, after complaints on the map from the community. In short, the changes remove a lot of the large distances and instead makes the map more similar to inferno or dust2, with smaller bombsites and more cover.
We love Cobblestone and think that a lot of the hate it receives is because of the map being different, but also not as explored as other maps. For example, there aren’t any great smoke tutorials out there for this map.
We’ll be trying to help out the community by sharing some grenades, wallbang spots and strategies on the new cobblestone. For this post, we sat down and came up with a lot of useful smokes for Cobblestone. Our focus was on smokes with easy to remember markers and to avoid having to jump / run as much as possible, so the smokes become even more consistent. You can find our smokes below.
A long, wild and bumpy ride
When I first started DatHost 2 years ago, it was as a fun side-project and a way of giving back to the awesome gaming community that I was part of. Not even in my wildest dreams could I imagine the crazy amount of growth that it’d see.
In this post we’ll be discussing some of the things to look out for in 2014 if you’re a CS:GO fan, things like up and coming teams and the state of the game and where it is heading.
Before we begin, let me note that, while I try to provide logical reasons for, or back them up with statistics, this blog post is almost 100% personal opinions and speculation. I do not expect everyone to agree, and I encourage you to voice your own opinion or ideas either in the comments, on reddit or on social media.