Counter-Strike: Malvinas

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Counter-Strike: Malvinas
Counter Strike Falklands.jpg
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux
  • WW: 4 March 2013
Genre(s)First-person shooter

Counter-Strike: Malvinas[a] is a multiplayer first-person shooter modification of Counter-Strike: Source, developed and distributed by Argentinian[1] web hosting company Dattatec. The mod was released worldwide on 4 March 2013 and utilizes the Source game engine. The game is set in Stanley, the capital of the Falkland Islands, and revolves around a group of Argentine special forces capturing the archipelago from British "terrorists". The objective of the game is similar to that of the Counter-Strike series; each round is won by either detonating a bomb or by eliminating all members of the enemy team. Counter-Strike: Malvinas pays homage to the 1982 Falklands War, in which an estimated 650 Argentine and 255 British servicemen died.[2] The mod prompted strong controversy in the United Kingdom; Dattatec's website was targeted by British hackers on 27 March 2013.


A still image of gameplay. Stanley Cathedral can be seen in the foreground.

Identical to the gameplay of Counter-Strike: Source, the mod retains its team-based objective-orientated first-person shooter gameplay. The aim of the game revolves around defusing a bomb or killing all members of the enemy team; the ultimate goal is to win more rounds than the opposing team. Once players are killed, they do not respawn until the next round.[3] Each team consists of two opposing groups of four players.[4]

Counter-Strike: Malvinas is set in a 2013 recreation of Stanley (referred to in-game as "Puerto Argentinas", its Argentine name), the capital of the Falkland Islands. The map features landmarks such as Stanley Cathedral and war memorials dedicated to the Falklands War. The Argentine team spawns near the cathedral, whereas the opposing British team begins in the Argentine graveyard.[4]

Background and release[edit]

Dattatec claimed that during development, all British flags around Stanley were omitted and replaced with Argentine flags "out of respect to the honour and glory of those who fell in the Malvinas".[5]

Fernando Llorente, a spokesman for Dattatec, stated that on 27 March 2013, two of the company's websites were attacked using DDoS, with hackers attempting to "saturate" the domain's connection. Llorente further revealed that the attack was 5 gigabytes per second in strength; the equivalent of 5000 PCs connecting to both websites at the same time every second, although he admitted that Dattatec's technical team eventually blocked the attack.[2] In a statement issued on 28 March 2013, Llorente stated that:

Generally these attacks come from eastern Europe and China, but we detected that most, although not all, of the IP addresses used this time were from the UK. At Dattatec we habitually receive different scopes of attack – this is the first one that has come mainly from the UK, although I cannot affirm that it was a case of cyber warfare. We think diplomacy should prevail between Argentina and the UK and we do not fear another attack – when someone tries to hit a server and is blocked, they do not try again.[2]


  1. ^ "Malvinas" is the Argentinian name for the Falkland Islands.
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  2. ^ a b c Ledge, James (29 March 2013). "Falklands Counter Strike: British hackers attack Argentinian developer's website". The Independent. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Counter-Strike: Source – Gameplay". IGN. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Argentina 'invades' Falklands in online game". BBC News. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  5. ^ Tomlinson, Simon (29 March 2016). "'UK hackers' attack Argentine online video game which recreates scenes from Falklands and allows players to shoot British 'terrorists'". Mail Online. Daily Mail. Retrieved 19 March 2016.