Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) is a multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. It is the fourth game in the Counter-Strike series.
The game pits two teams against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides are tasked with eliminating the other while also completing separate objectives, the Terrorists, depending on the game mode, must either plant the bomb or defend the hostages, while the Counter-Terrorists must either prevent the bomb from being planted or rescue the hostages. There are six game modes, all of which have distinct characteristics specific to that mode.
The Global Offensive professional scene consists of both third-party organisation hosted tournaments, and Valve organised or co-sponsored tournaments, referred to as majors. Majors are notable in that they have larger prize pools. Originally restricted to $250,000, the prize pools for majors have risen, with the first $1,000,000 pool being present at the MLG Columbus 2016. As the game and the scene has grown in popularity, companies, including WME/IMG and Turner Broadcasting began to televise Global Offensive professional games, with the first being ELEAGUE Major 2017, held in the Fox Theatre and broadcast on US cable television network TBS in 2016.