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Freely drop in and drop out of games using the Casual ruleset. Buy new weapons each round with money earned and win the round by eliminating the other team or completing the objective.
―Official description

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive introduced an official competitive game mode, but also tweaked the standard Counter-Strike join-in-progress style gameplay and rebranded it as Casual.


Casual is a game mode that uses a configuration which sets the default player maximum to 20. The configuration sets various other game settings which also only apply to the casual game mode. Casual typically has 10 players on each team on either bomb defusal or hostage rescue maps. In contrast to Competitive, casual does not restrict parties from queueing in regards to varied skill groups and has a maximum round count of 15 rather than 30. The first team to win 8 rounds in total will win the match, with no possibility of a tie. Although casual mode has no half time, players are free to switch sides during the game, provided there is room on the opposing team.

Casual Matchmaking Screen with the Map Groups

Differences from Competitive

Round time in defusal mode is 2 minutes and 15 seconds. The economy of casual mode is different from competitive mode. For each round, the losing team gets only $300 less than the winning. All kill awards are halved compared to competitive mode, the money cap is only $10,000, and $1,000 is available at the start the pistol round. Each round, players receive refreshed Kevlar + Helmet and a defusal kit for Counter-Terrorists in bomb defusal mode. Other differences include a limit of three grenades with only one flashbang. Friendly fire and team collision are disabled by default, and require a server command to enable. The C4 also has a 45 second timer instead of a 40 second timer.

Spectators are allowed to spectate players on both teams and third-person chase cam is allowed to be used. However, to prevent ghosting, dead players are only able to voice and text chat with other dead players. Like Competitive, GOTV is also enabled in casual, however the delay is much shorter at 30 seconds (vs 105 seconds for Competitive).

Competitive vs Casual Major Differences
Competitive Casual
Players 5v5 10v10
Round Time 2:15 1:55
Max Rounds 30 15
Max Money $16,000 $10,000
Buy Time 0:20 0:45
Start Money $800 $1,000
Grenade Limit 4 3
Flashbang Limit 2 1
Kevlar + Helmet Purchasable Everyone
Defuse Kits Purchasable Everyone
C4 Plant/Defuse Money $300 $200
Default Kill Reward Factor 1x 0.5x

Beginning a match

When choosing to play in casual mode, a player can only choose between the current map map groups for official maps. The player can only choose individual maps by creating a server, or joining through the Servers window in the Steam client.

Casual Map Groups
Defusal Group Sigma Defusal Group Delta Dust II Hostage Group
Basalt Mirage Dust II Agency
Ancient Inferno Militia
Vertigo Overpass Office
Cobblestone Nuke Italy
Canals Train Assault
Cache Insertion II

Update History

October 3, 2018
  • Added a new setting “mp_solid_teammates 2” which enables standing on top of teammates while still allowing to walk through them. The feature is now enabled in official Casual, Demolition, and Flying Scoutsman game modes.
February 3, 2017
  • Added new Killer Replay to Casual and Demolition modes. GOTV must be active on the server to enable the feature.
December 8, 2015
  • Added new Killer Replay to Casual and Demolition modes. GOTV must be active on the server to enable the feature.
May 26, 2015
  • Reduced Round timer from 3:00 to 2:15.
  • Increased warmup time from 30 to 90 seconds.
  • Disabled vote to restart match.
  • Vote to change level is disabled after a team has reached match point.


  • Originally, the Zeus x27 was only available in casual mode, but was made available in competitive after the August 21, 2014 update.
  • Playing "Offline with bots" will use the same rules as casual mode, but defaults to 5 players per team (including the player).
    • Even though the limit is set to 9, more bots can be added by using the console commands bot_add or bot_quota (Up to 20 bots).
  • Casual matches used to end prematurely when a map change vote would have succeeded, which would also have cancelled out any active mission points gained during a match. But there was a patch made by Valve CS:GO developers that now prevents such actions and will prevent abuse of the vote functions.  


See also