CS:GO Casual and Competitive Mode Comparison

Counter-Strike: Global OffensiveAfter playing a bit of the CS:GO beta tonight, I noticed that everyone playing through the matchmaking system got matched into Casual games.

So what’s the difference between the Casual and Competitive? There are a few tweaks that make the game a bit smoother for new CS players looking to get their feet wet. Here’s how the two stack up in the current build:


  • Start with $2000 minimum.
  • Matches last 30 minutes.
  • Each round lasts 3 minutes.
  • You have 45 seconds to buy (NOT freeze time).
  • Free spectate either team.
  • Start with kevlar and helmet already bought.
  • Friendly fire slows down your teammates but doesn’t hurt them.
  • Can voice chat between teams (only when dead as far as I know).
Competitive (Classic)
  • Start with $800 minimum.
  • Matches last 30 rounds.
  • Each round lasts 2 minutes.
  • You have 45 seconds to buy.
  • You can only spectate your team and only in first person.
  • You have to buy kevlar and helmet if you want it.
  • Friendly fire is lethal; beware of trolls!
  • Voice chat will probably be limited to your team.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go flashbang my teammates again. On accident, of course.
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