While Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has moved mountains in reviving the competitive and casual communities of the iconic PC shooter, one thing has always been missing: the ability to spray graffiti on walls. So after being lobbied by fans for years, Valve is finally bringing sprays back. But as always, there's a catch.
In a FAQ posted on Steam's support site — instead of the official Counter-Strike blog — the developer announced that graffiti would be reintroduced to the franchise as consumable patterns, which could be purchased directly, through special Graffiti Boxes, or earned as free weekly drops when players rank up.
Even for a community accustomed to a virtual economy where players hand over money for skins, stickers, sound packs and badges for fantasy betting, the reaction has been fairly savage. For one, it's the reintroduction of a feature that used to be a staple of any Valve game. Hell, it even became a handy way to grief players in Team Fortress 2.
The FAQ adds that sprays will last for up to 7 minutes, and degrades over time. That's enough to hang around for several rounds, something that could have the potential to mess with competitive play.
Can you imagine how OP graffiti will be with the right placement at barrels on overpass, car on inferno, headshot on cache? LOL #CSGO
— Matt(hew) (@MatthewOrMatt) October 7, 2016
Unsurprisingly, some fans have been quick to characterise the move as a "cash grab" on Valve's part. Others suggested that the 50 use restriction may be a ploy to make the idea of paid sprays with unlimited uses more palatable in the future.
— TER0 (@Terosterone) October 7, 2016
wanna buy some sprays? lmao CSGO updates are on point pic.twitter.com/XTExA2Fqw3
— Pibst (@ProPibst) October 7, 2016
Why would Valve add sprays to CSGO that only have 50 uses and then you need to buy more? Great job. First the R8 now this. #CSGO
— Filip Bocșe (@bocse_phil) October 7, 2016
The reintroduction of a long-lost feature isn't without its supporters, and the competitive scene will undoubtedly appreciate more ways to support players through the sale of special sprays at major tournaments. There's also the fact that Counter-Strike players really like dropping money on in-game items, regardless of their value.