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HLTV
OwnersBetter Collective[1]
Founder(s)
  • Martin "Rosenchef" Rosenbæk
  • Per "Nomad" Lambæk
EditorsLucas "LucasAM" Aznar Miles
Luis "MIRAA" Mira
Milan "Striker" Švejda
Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin
Bünyamin "BenjaCS" Bektaş[citation needed]
Key people
  • Martin "Rosenchef" Rosenbæk (CEO)[2]
  • Per "Nomad" Lambæk (CTO)
  • Petar "Tgwri1s" Milovanovic (CCO)
Current statusActive

HLTV, formerly an acronym of Half-Life Television, is a news website and forum which covers professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive esports news, tournaments and statistics. It is one of the leading websites within the Counter-Strike community[3] with over 4 million unique visitors each month.[4] In February 2020, the site was acquired by the sports betting group Better Collective.[1]

History

HLTV's old logo

HLTV was founded in 2002 by Martin "Rosenchef" Rosenbæk[5] and Per "Nomad" Lambæk.[6] It was initially known for covering Counter-Strike and Half-Life news. HLTV started storing GOTV demos for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive when they were introduced in 2012. It has since evolved to include news, statistics, and analysis for the professional esports scene of Global Offensive.

Since late 2015, HLTV ranks the teams based on their own rating system.[7][8] HLTV have awarded Most Valuable Player (MVP) medals to the highest performing player at each tournament. They also award Exceptionally Valuable Player (EVP) medals to players putting in an above average performance. In 2016, HLTV launched dust2.dk, a website dedicated to the Counter-Strike scene in Denmark. They followed this up in 2017 by launching dust2.us, a local website for the Americas. Data, such as professional match results, are fed through from the subsidiary websites to HLTV.[9][10] Since 2010 with the first version of Counter-Strike, HLTV has ranked all of the professional Counter-Strike players based on their performance that year. In May 2019, HLTV was officially integrated into Global Offensive, where you can now find professional tournaments, provided by data from HLTV.[11]

HLTV has received many visual updates throughout the years, with the most recent one taking place in 2017.[12]

In 2020, HLTV announced that it and sister site dust2.dk had been acquired by Better Collective, a sports betting group based in Denmark.[1][13][14]

HLTV rating

The HLTV rating is the most widely used rating system in Global Offensive, and is often used outside of HLTV.[15][16]

Rating 1.0

Rating 1.0 was introduced to HLTV in 2010 with the first version of Counter-Strike. This rating was based on the number of kills per round, the survival rate of a player per round, and the amount of multikills a player got, which is known as the impact rating. The higher each of these values are, the higher rating a player would get.[17] The HLTV 1.0 rating came under criticism for being too similar to the Kill/Death ratio.[18]

Rating 2.0

Rating 2.0 was introduced to HLTV on June 6, 2017, as an update to Rating 1.0. Added were two new factors, Kill/Assist/Survival/Traded (KAST) and Average Damage per Round (ADR), along with a changed impact rating. KAST measures the percentage of rounds where a player contributes by killing an enemy, assisting a teammate, surviving a round or getting revenge on an enemy for killing a teammate, known as trading. Impact rating is based on the number of multi-kills, opening kills, 1vX situations (clutches) won and other undisclosed factors. Rating 2.0 is meant to be more accurate than Rating 1.0, since it includes more factors to measure the player's performance.[17] Despite these new adjustments, it is still considered by some to not cover enough.[18]

HLTV Top 20 players

Each year, the HLTV staff rank professional Counter-Strike players based on their performance, and write an article explaining their choice. These rankings are based on how successful the player's team is, the individual performance based on the HLTV Rating 1.0 and Rating 2.0, and MVP/EVP awards given by HLTV. They have ranked both Counter-Strike and Global Offensive players. 2012 was excluded due to it being a transition year between Counter-Strike and Counter-Strike: Source to Global Offensive.[19]

2010

  • 1. Ukraine Yegor "markeloff" Markelov
  • 2. Sweden Christopher "GeT RiGhT" Alesund
  • 3. Denmark Martin "trace" Heldt
  • 4. Ukraine Sergey "starix" Ischuk
  • 5. Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
  • 6. Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
  • 7. Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski
  • 8 Denmark Danny "zonic" Sørensen
  • 9. Sweden Andreas "MODDII" Fridh
  • 10. Sweden Marucus "delpan" Larsson
  • 11. United States Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert
  • 12. Sweden Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl
  • 13. France Christophe "SIXER" Xia
  • 14. United States Danny "fRoD" Montaner
  • 15. Germany Roman "roman" Ausserdorfer
  • 16. Sweden Johan "face" Klasson
  • 17. South Korea Bum-Ki "peri" Jung
  • 18. Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström
  • 19. Ukraine Danylo "Zeus" Teslenko
  • 20. Sweden Harley "dsn" Örwall[20]

2011

  • 1. Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski
  • 2. Sweden Christopher "GeT RiGhT" Alesund
  • 3. Ukraine Yegor "markeloff" Markelov
  • 4. Denmark Martin "trace" Heldt
  • 5. Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
  • 6. Poland Wiktor "TaZ" Wojtas
  • 7. Denmark Michael "Friis" Jørgensen
  • 8. Denmark Finn "karrigan" Andersen
  • 9. Sweden Marcus "delpan" Larsson
  • 10. Sweden Rasmus "Gux" Ståhl
  • 11. Norway Karl-William "kalle" Haraldsen
  • 12. Russia Eduard "ed1k" Ivanov
  • 13. Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström
  • 14. Sweden Johan "face" Klasson
  • 15. Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
  • 16. Sweden Andreas "MODDII" Fridh
  • 17. Finland Timi "aslak" Verkkoperä
  • 18. Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski
  • 19. Russia Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
  • 20. Ukraine Sergey "starix" Ischuk[21]

2013

  • 1. Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
  • 2. Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
  • 3. France Richard "shox" Papillon
  • 4. Russia Mihail "Dosia" Stolyarov
  • 5. France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt
  • 6. Sweden Richard "Xizt" Landström
  • 7. Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
  • 8. Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell
  • 9. United States Spencer "Hiko" Martin
  • 10. Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
  • 11. Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg
  • 12. France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
  • 13. Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
  • 14. Denmark Nicolaj "Nico" Jensen
  • 15. Ukraine Yegor "markeloff" Markelov
  • 16. Ukraine Ioann "Edward" Sukhariev
  • 17. France Eduoard "SmithZz" Dubourdeaux
  • 18. Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
  • 19. Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski
  • 20. Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth[19]

2014

  • 1. Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
  • 2. Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
  • 3. Poland Jarosław "pashaBiceps" Jarząbkowski
  • 4. Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
  • 5. Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell
  • 6. France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
  • 7. Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
  • 8. France Richard "shox" Papillon
  • 9. Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
  • 10. France Vincent "Happy" Cervoni
  • 11. Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
  • 12. Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
  • 13. Poland Paweł "byali" Bieliński
  • 14. Sweden Adam "friberg" Friberg
  • 15. France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
  • 16. Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
  • 17. France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt
  • 18. United States Braxton "swag" Pierce
  • 19. France Fabien "kioShiMa" Fiey
  • 20. Denmark Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz[22]

2015

  • 1. Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
  • 2. Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
  • 3. Denmark Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
  • 4. Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
  • 5. Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
  • 6. France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
  • 7. Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
  • 8. France Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer
  • 9. France Nathan "NBK-" Schmitt
  • 10. Sweden Jesper "JW" Wecksell
  • 11. Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
  • 12. Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
  • 13. France Richard "shox" Papillon
  • 14. Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev
  • 15. Denmark René "cajunb" Borg
  • 16. Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
  • 17. Poland Filip "NEO" Kubski
  • 18. France Dan "apEX" Madesclaire
  • 19. Finland Aleksi "allu" Jalli
  • 20. United States Tyler "Skadoodle" Latham[23]

2016

  • 1. Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David
  • 2. Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
  • 3. Denmark Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
  • 4. Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • 5. Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski
  • 6. France Richard "shox" Papillon
  • 7. Sweden Patrik "f0rest" Lindberg
  • 8. Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
  • 9. Belgium Adil "ScreaM" Benrlitom
  • 10. Sweden Robin "flusha" Rönnquist
  • 11. Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
  • 12. Russia Egor "flamie" Vasilyev
  • 13. France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
  • 14. Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif
  • 15. Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
  • 16. Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye
  • 17. Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
  • 18. Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund
  • 19. Brazil Lincoln "fnx" Lau
  • 20. Sweden Dennis "dennis" Edman[24]

2017

  • 1. Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David
  • 2. Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
  • 3. Brazil Fernando "fer" Alvarenga
  • 4. Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard
  • 5. Denmark Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
  • 6. Brazil Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo
  • 7. France Kenny "kennyS" Schrub
  • 8. Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • 9. Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
  • 10. Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
  • 11. Kazakhstan Abay "HObbit" Khasenov
  • 12. United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
  • 13. Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
  • 14. Denmark Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke
  • 15. Denmark Markus "Kjaerbye" Kjærbye
  • 16. Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Šťastný
  • 17. Kazakhstan Dauren "AdreN" Kystaubayev
  • 18. Brazil Ricardo "boltz" Prass
  • 19. Sweden Olof "olofmeister" Kajbjer
  • 20. Poland Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski[25]

2018

  • 1. Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • 2. Denmark Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
  • 3. Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
  • 4. Russia Denis "electronic" Sharipov
  • 5. Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
  • 6. Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic
  • 7. Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif
  • 8. Denmark Lukas "gla1ve" Rossander
  • 9. Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
  • 10. Brazil Marcelo "coldzera" David
  • 11. Slovakia Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács
  • 12. Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
  • 13. Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højsleth
  • 14. Czech Republic Tomáš "oskar" Štastný
  • 15. United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
  • 16. Finland Miika "suNny" Kemppi
  • 17. United States Timothy "autimatic" Ta
  • 18. Norway Håvard "rain" Nygaard
  • 19. Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool
  • 20. Denmark Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså[26]

2019

  • 1. France Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut
  • 2. Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • 3. Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
  • 4. United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
  • 5. Denmark Emil "Magisk" Reif
  • 6. Russia Denis "electronic" Sharipov
  • 7. Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic
  • 8. United States Vincent "Brehze" Cayonte
  • 9. Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
  • 10. Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool
  • 11. Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovac
  • 12. Turkey Özgür "woxic" Eker
  • 13. Finland Jere "sergej" Salo
  • 14. Denmark Andreas "Xyp9x" Højslet
  • 15. Australia Justin "jks" Savage
  • 16. Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
  • 17. Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
  • 18. Bulgaria Tsvetelin "CeRq" Dimitrov
  • 19. Sweden Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin
  • 20. United States Ethan "Ethan" Arnold[27]

2020

  • 1. France Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut
  • 2. Ukraine Aleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
  • 3. Denmark Nicolai "device" Reedtz
  • 4. Bosnia and Herzegovina Nikola "NiKo" Kovač
  • 5. Russia Denis "electronic" Sharipov
  • 6. Denmark Benjamin "blameF" Bremer
  • 7. Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool
  • 8. United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
  • 9. Denmark Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen
  • 10. Germany Florian "⁠syrsoN⁠" Rische
  • 11. Denmark Emil "⁠Magisk⁠" Reif
  • 12. Denmark Martin "⁠stavn⁠" Lund
  • 13. Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač
  • 14. Brazil Yuri "⁠yuurih⁠" Santos
  • 15. Sweden Ludvig "Brollan" Brolin
  • 16. Brazil Henrique "⁠HEN1⁠" Teles
  • 17. Sweden Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson
  • 18. Brazil Kaike "⁠KSCERATO⁠" Cerato
  • 19. Australia Justin "⁠jks⁠" Savage
  • 20. United States Vincent ⁠"Brehze⁠" Cayonte[28]

2021

  • 1. TBA (January 22nd)
  • 2. TBA (January 22nd)
  • 3. TBA (January 22nd)
  • 4. Russia Dmitriy "sh1ro" Sokolov
  • 5. Russia Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov
  • 6. Kazakhstan Abai "HObbit" Hasenov
  • 7. Russia Denis "electroNic" Sharipov
  • 8. Latvia Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis
  • 9. Ukraine Valeriy "b1t" Vakhovskiy
  • 10. Russia Dzhami "Jame" Ali
  • 11. Denmark Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz
  • 12. Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja "⁠huNter-⁠" Kovač
  • 13. Denmark Benjamin "blameF" Bremer
  • 14. Canada Keith "NAF" Markovic
  • 15. Brazil Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato
  • 16. Denmark Martin "stavn" Lund
  • 17. Canada Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken
  • 18. Estonia Robin "ropz" Kool
  • 19. United States Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski
  • 20. Latvia Helvijs "broky" Saukants[29]

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