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The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Holiday Update has arrived

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The latest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) update weighs in at 164mb and brings holiday cheer in the form of fowl coziness. As you can see from the image above, the peaceful chickens that inhabit CS: GO maps are wearing festive sweaters and look absolute adorable; which will obviously put a target on their back.

About the CS: GO Holiday Update

Apart from our feathery friends dressed for the holiday season, Valve has also brought back gift packages. These gift packages can be bought for R13.80 at the in-game store. You can’t open them yourself, but you can give them to players in a match and spread some festive cheer.

The gift packages contain a random item of varied quality. Apart from the holiday-themed additions, Valve has also made improvements to the game, adding an audio setting, changes to public lobbies and several tweaks to the map Nuke, all of which are detailed below as per a CS: GO Blog post.


  • "Added new audio option that enables Head-Related Transfer Function (HRTF) processing on in-game sounds. The goal is to vastly improve 360 degree vertical and horizontal sound positioning.
  • By default, Speaker Configuration in Audio Settings has been set to “Headphones with HRTF.” Selecting an alternative speaker configuration will disable HRTF. 
  • NOTE: For an optimal experience with HRTF, we recommend turning off any external 5.1 or 7.1 surround audio driver options.""

Public Lobbies:

  • "In the friends panel “Steam Groups” have been renamed to “Public Lobbies”.
  • The “Public Lobbies” tab now shows nearby public lobbies and suggested steam group lobbies in addition to your steam group lobbies.
  • Lobbies now support broadcasting to nearby players. Players can use this setting for friend or steam group lobbies. 
  • Steam Group lobbies now display the country associated with the majority of lobby members."


  • "Third-person weapon angles now visibly match first-person weapon recoil."


  • "Fixed 5 Year Veteran Coin to be granted to accounts that cancelled and later reactivated their old Counter-Strike license after they restart their CS:GO client. 
  • Loading screen tokens can now be localized when loading Overwatch evidence or maps created by community members. 
  • Bot names can now be localized in game language. – Added experimental plugin support for managing network channel encryption keys on community servers."

Nuke changes:

  • "Removed railing on crane in A site rafters
  • Removed ability to climb up on/plant the bomb on top of silos in both bombsites
  • Moved T entrance to squeaky to make movement smoother 
  • Removed window in Toxic, replaced with double doors
  • Removed yellow bollards near Garage and Secret
  • Removed cover on top of Mini
  • Added some full cover in cubby next to ramp in bombsite B
  • Replaced exposed bombsite silo with simple version in bombsite A
  • Fixed small collision bump on ramp in ramproom where players could get stuck
  • Added white, flat surface on fence at T side of yard
  • Fixed various bugs listed on (thanks to all contributors!)
  • General optimizations"

What do you think about the Holiday Update and all the changes it brings to the game? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: CS: GO Blog

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