How to Download CS2 on PC | Explained

Updated: May 7, 2024
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Counter-Strike 2 (CS2), the successor to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), was launched on September 27th, 2023. Like its predecessor, CS2 can be downloaded for free on Steam. Here’s how:

How to Download CS2 on PC

  1. Open Steam or install Steam if you don’t already have it on your PC.
  2. Find CS2 in the Steam Store.Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) in Steam Store
  3. Scroll down and click Install/Download/Play Game.Steam CS2 Play Game
  4. In the popup, click Install.
  5. After the download completes, you can play CS2.

CS2 Prime Status Upgrade

As mentioned above, Counter-Strike 2 is free to download and play. However, you should strongly consider purchasing a “Prime Status Upgrade” in order to have the best experience playing CS2 competitively.

CS2 Prime Status Upgrade

In addition to receiving Prime-exclusive items & weapon cases, Prime Status will improve your Trust Factor and give you access to Premier matchmaking.

Premier Matchmaking

In CS2, Premier is a new and improved competitive experience. The classic Competitive system still exists, but Premier has become the best way to play high-quality Counter-Strike matches and avoid cheaters (without using 3rd-party solutions like FaceIt).

In Premier, CS2 players have a numeric “CS Rating” that they receive after winning 10 matches. This rating is used to create matches with players of similar skill levels.

Before a Premier match, there’s a pick/ban phase to ban maps until one remains. The first team to win 13 rounds wins the match. If the match reaches a 12-12 tie, overtime is played until a team gets to 16. If overtime ends 15-15, the match is a draw.