Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) developed by Valve Corporation is a team-based first person shooter based on the original Counter-Strike that was launched in 1999. Two teams of five compete in a best-of-16 match to either defuse the bomb or rescue the hostage. Players purchase armor, weapons, defuse or rescue kits, and manage their in game money to give themselves the best chance to win.\
CS:GO is free to play and there is no competitive advantage to spending money on the game.
Counter Strike consists of tournaments hosted by third-party organizations and Valve-organised or co-sponsored tournaments which are called Majors. This different from an esports like League of Legends where the parent company fully controls nearly all of the profesional tournaments that take place.
Both Collegiate Star League and the American Video Game League run tournaments for collegiate Counter Strike with monetary and scholarship prizes. For the 2018/19 season CSL ran one major varsity tournament that goes for most of the school year with a a $30,000 prize pool. There was also junior varsity tournament which offered prizes of gaming equipment such as headsets and keyboards for the winners. There was also a Winter Invitational during the downtime of the major tournament for both varsity and jv. CSL runs their CS:GO tournament almost identical to their Dota 2 tournament for reference. AVGL runs several smaller weekend-long tournaments with monetary prizes of a few hundred dollars.
Quick summary for Varsity Gaming-
Most similar games- Rainbow 6 Siege
Number of players per competitive team- 5
Cost to buy game- Free
Costs to be on level playing field- Free
Systems- PCPC Requirements- Medium