Updates on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Updates on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Despite everything going on in the world, the gaming scene remains abuzz. With many game developers pushing out regular updates, gamers are continuously occupied with dazzling CS:GO stats and content. As fans would know, Valve does not slack when it comes to updates. Let us see what is abuzz in the CS: GO gaming community.


Frequently, game updates come along with annoying bugs. Sadly, this is one of those times. The latest patch for Counter-Strike came with updated kill feed icons and updates to the Chlorine map, amongst other things. However, this patch update also came with an unexpected “sv_pure” server issue. This bug has caused numerous players to be kicked out of matches prematurely. Due to this, some users are receiving undeserved suspensions and abandon cooldown times of up to a week! Players are frequently receiving the following error message: “Pure server: client file does not match server.”

Officially, the patch notes say: “sv_pure servers will now kick clients that have loaded asset files into game memory from files not present on the game server file system.” Evidently, this was done as a security measure to prevent illegitimate players from joining secure servers. It appears that Valve did not see this preventive measure having such a disastrous effect.

Worry not! Seeing as this is not the first time that we are experiencing this type of issue, a simple bug fix that would get you back to uninterrupted gaming is available. This fix was announced by a computer programmer, “2eggs”.

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To fix the “sv_pure” server bug, follow the steps below:

  • Close the Steam app.
  • Open your CSGO directory by using the following pathway: Windows (C:) > Program Files (x86) > Steam > steamapps > common > Counter-Strike Global Offensive > csgo.
  • Locate the two folders labeled “materials” and “models.” They should be close to each other.
  • Delete both folders.
  • Next, open the Steam app.
  • Locate CSGO in your Steam Library (it should be at the left-hand side of the client).
  • Right-click the game and select properties.
  • Select the Local Files tab.
  • After selecting the Local Files tab, click on Verify Integrity of Game Files.
  • Wait until the validation process is complete (this should not take more than a couple of minutes).
  • After this, the two folders you deleted would be downloaded again.
  • As soon as the validation process is complete, Launch CS: GO.

After following the above steps, the server bug should be fixed. However, if, for some unforeseen reason, this fix doesn't work for you, you can contact CS: GO’S feedback team at csgoteamfeedback@valvesoftware.com. For easy identification, you should address the subject line as “sv_pure server bug” or “sv_pure kick.”


With the rapid growth of the collegiate esports community, ESA has been trying to educate up-and-coming gamers as well as create a path for them to go pro. The competition was initially slated to be an in-person event at Esports Stadium Arlington. However, with the on-going global pandemic, physical appearances are not possible. Due to this, the tournament has transitioned into an online event. Sponsorship from the U.S Army made this transition possible. Also, registration logistics and scouting were handled by the North American Collegiate Counter-Strike (NACCS).

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Lieutenant Colonel, Sam Jugman, spoke on how the partnership with ESA would enable Army Recruiters to use the virtual space to connect with individuals who are interested in serving.

The teams participating in the Collegiate tournament are competing for a prize pool of $5,000, with the winning team receiving $3,000 while the second and third-placed teams receive $1,500 and $500, respectively. About 16 teams are currently battling it out in the live broadcasted playoffs. The top four teams will battle for the grand prize in the finals taking place on the 9th and 10th of May. In case you want to catch the matches live, the stream link is as follows: https://www.twitch.tv/esportsstadium.

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