- The recent CS:GO patch introduced a new service to the game - CS:GO 360 Stats, which gives us access to detailed match stats for $0.99 per month;
- Players have been less than enthusiastic about the new paid subscription;
- Forums have highlighted its lack of usefulness in light of the fact that there are free, third-party CS:GO stat websites.
Valve decided to introduce another paid subscription with bonuses t o a F2P game. After Dota Plus, the time has come for CS:GO 360 Stats, a service that provides access to detailed stats on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches. This option will cost $0.99 per month. The subscription option was introduced in the latest major update, which saw the addition of the Snakebite Case and a reshuffling of the tournament map pool. Those who subscribe to CS:GO 360 Stats will get access to match summary stats from Tournament, Premier, and Wingman modes. It's a solution that is confusingly similar to the stat database available to owners of the recently concluded Broken Fang operation.
The paid subscription, while completely optional, has not been warmly received by a sizable portion of the CS:GO community. Reddit users were livid with Valve. The most common response was that it was absurd to pay for data that should be available in the game to begin with, and that can be seen on external websites that offer this type of service for free.
"I'm totally down for subscriptions. Give us monthly ladders, weekend tournaments, redeemable loyalty points, any number of worthwhile things and I'd be there.
Making me pay for simple stats that should already be in game? Nah you can lick my pp," writes user r3volts.
Reddit user Zoradesu checked out CS:GO 360 Stats himself and advises against buying it:
"I would assume there's more detailed stats, but making it so you have to pay to see them is kind of stupid.
edit: NVM they didn't add any more stats to the page and it's just the stats page from the operation. so its extra stupid they are making people pay for this."
One more player points out that Valve's focus is not on what it should be, which is better anti-cheat:
"I'd much rather pay 5$ a month for an intrusive valve anticheat than 1$ for stats that should be readily available to the player base.
This recent update comes with a lot of personal frustrations for me, but the biggest slap in the face feels like the addition of paying to see stats you can see elsewhere for free."
Despite so many complaints, let's not forget that this is a completely optional service and not purchasing CS:GO 360 Stats will not affect the quality of your gameplay in any way. If you'd like to see for yourself how Valve's new subscription works, you can activate it in the "Store and Purchase History" section of Steam.