Counter-Strike (series)

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The current Counter-Strike series logo.
Genres First-person shooter
Developers Valve Corporation (1999-present)
Hidden Path Entertainment (2004-present)
Nexon Corporation (2008)
Publishers Valve Corporation (1999-present)
Namco (2005)
Nexon Corporation (TBA)
Platforms Windows
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
Platform of origin Windows
Year of inception 1999
First release Counter-Strike
June 19, 1999
Latest release Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
August 21, 2012

Counter-Strike (frequently abbreviated as CS) is a series of multiplayer first-person shooter video games, in which teams of terrorists and counter-terrorists battle to, respectively, perpetrate an act of terror (bombing, hostage-taking) and prevent it (bomb defusal, hostage rescue). The series began on Windows in 1999 with the first version of Counter-Strike. It was initially released as a modification for Half-Life and developed by Minh "Gooseman" Le and Jess "Cliffe" Cliffe, before the rights to the game's intellectual property were acquired by Valve Corporation, the developers of Half-Life. The game was followed-up with Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, developed by Turtle Rock Studios and released in 2004. Later that same year, Counter-Strike: Source was released by Valve Corporation. Released only eight months after Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, in November 2004, the game was a remake of the original Counter-Strike and the first in the series to run on Valve's newly created Source engine.[1]

An arcade adaption of the Counter-Strike series titled Counter-Strike Neo was released in 2005. In contrast to previous iterations in the series, the game was developed by Nexon Corporation and published by Namco. With various parallels to Counter-Strike Neo, Counter-Strike Online was released in 2008, developed again by Nexon Corporation with oversight from Valve Corporation.

The fourth game in the main series to have been developed by Valve, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, was released in 2012 for Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Hidden Path Entertainment, who also worked on Counter-Strike: Source post-release, helped to develop the game alongside Valve.[2]

Announced in 2012 and aimed at the Asian gaming market, a sequel to Counter-Strike Online titled Counter-Strike Online 2 was developed by Nexon Corporation.[3]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Counter-Strike Online Counter-Strike Neo Counter-Strike: Source Counter-Strike: Condition Zero Counter-Strike

Main series[edit]


Main article: Counter-Strike

Originally a modification for Half-Life, the rights to Counter-Strike, as well as the developers working on it, were acquired by Valve Corporation in 2000.

The game received a port to Xbox in 2003.[4] It was also ported to OS X and Linux in the form of a beta in January 2013 with a full release coming in April 2013.[5][6]

Counter-Strike: Condition Zero[edit]

Counter-Strike was followed-up with Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, developed by Turtle Rock Studios and released in 2004. It used the Half-Life GoldSrc engine, similar to its predecessor. The game was poorly received in contrast to its predecessor and was quickly followed with a further entry to the series titled Counter-Strike: Source.[7]

Counter-Strike: Source[edit]

A remake of the original Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Source was the first publicly released game by Valve Corporation to run on the Source engine. Counter-Strike: Source was initially released as a beta to members of the Valve Cyber Café Program on August 11, 2004.[1][8] On August 18, 2004, the beta was released to owners of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero and those who had received a Half-Life 2 voucher bundled with some ATI Radeon video cards.[9] While the original release only included a version for Microsoft Windows, the game eventually received a port to OS X on June 23, 2010 with a Linux port afterwards in 2013.[10][11]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive[edit]

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive was the fourth release in the main, Valve-developed Counter-Strike series in 2012. Much like Counter-Strike: Source and other Valve games released in recent years, the game ran on the Source engine.

Spin-off titles[edit]

Counter-Strike Neo[edit]

Main article: Counter-Strike Neo

A Japanese arcade adaptation of Counter-Strike, the original Half-Life multiplayer modification. It is published by Namco, and runs on a Linux system.

Counter-Strike Online series[edit]

Counter-Strike Online is available in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China/Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Turkey. It was developed by Nexon Corporation with oversight from Valve.

Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies[edit]

In August 2014, Nexon announced a free-to-play, zombie-themed spin-off.[12] Its open beta got released on Steam on 23 September 2014[13] and closed 3 days later. The game was released on 7 October 2014[14] to mixed reception.


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  3. ^ Mallory, Jordan (2012-04-06). "Nexon, Valve announce Counter-Strike Online 2 for Asian territories". Joystiq. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  4. ^ Fahey, Rob (6 June 2003). "E3 2003: Counter-Strike". Eurogamer. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Counter-Strike 1.6 Beta released". Steam. Valve Corporation. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
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  7. ^ "Counter-Strike: Condition Zero for PC Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Retrieved November 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Counter-Strike: Source update history". Valve Corporation. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  9. ^ "Counter-Strike: Source Strike ATI Customer". Advanced Micro Devices. Retrieved 2008-07-01. "Counter Strike: Source ATI customer". December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Counter-Strike: Source Update Released". Steam. Valve Corporation. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  11. ^ Dawe, Liam (5 February 2013). "Counter Strike Source Has Been Added To The CDR And Apparently Installable Too". GamingOnLinux. Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies Coming to Steam". Premier Games Media Centre. Premier Games Media Centre. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Counter-Strike Nexon: Zombies on Steam". Steam. Valve. Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  14. ^ CSN:Z Official. "Thank you for joining CSN:Z Open Beta! - Official Launch on 7th October!". Steam. Valve. Retrieved 26 September 2014.