Valve's announcement of Counter-Strike 2, which updates the game to the Source 2 engine, has sent shockwaves through the esports world. The Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test is currently available, serving as a beta for the upcoming full release this summer. However, getting into the test is difficult, and many players have already missed out.
Valve has selected participants for the Limited Test based on various factors, such as recent playtime on official Valve servers, trust factor, and Steam account standing. Anyone with a VAC ban on their account is ineligible to play. If you have been selected, you will receive a notification on the CS:GO main menu, and from there, you can enroll and start downloading Counter-Strike 2.
Players who are part of the Limited Test will have access to reworked maps, dynamic smokes, and zero tick rate servers. However, you'll only be able to play with other participants in the Limited Test, and you won't be able to revert to the regular version of CS:GO. While your skins and cosmetics will be available in the Limited Test, you'll only be able to play Deathmatch and Unranked Competitive matchmaking on Dust2 at present, with more modes and maps added later.
Valve plans to add more players to the Limited Test leading up to the full release this summer, so those who didn't make it in initially may still have a chance. In the meantime, players who are unable to participate can tune into Twitch streams to watch content creators who are playing.
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