When CSGO became free-to-play, the CSGO community got divided into two types of players. The first type was free-to-play players or non-prime players. The second type includes prime players. One of the most common questions asked after this change is whether or not prime players are allowed to play with non-prime players. Fortunately for you, we will be answering precisely that here.
Prime & Non-Prime Lobbies Explained
Firstly, let’s talk a bit about what CSGO Prime is. To prevent hackers and cheaters from entering ranked matchmaking in CSGO, Valve has locked certain features of CSGO. The only way players can get access to those features is by getting Prime Status. The sad part is that you have to pay $14.99 if you want to acquire Prime Status. If you are a prime player and are wondering if you can play a match of CSGO with your friends that are non-prime players, then the answer is yes. Not only that, but this also works the other way around.
However, it is not possible for a non-prime player to randomly get into a match with prime players. Prime players can also not get into a match with non-prime players through solo queue. For prime and non-prime players to play together, they must enter a pre-made lobby and start matchmaking. Also, if a prime and a non-prime player join a lobby together, that lobby is considered a non-prime lobby.
Prime players can play with non-prime players in the same match. However, a non-prime player won’t randomly enter a match with prime players. Also, if a lobby has both prime and non-prime players, the lobby will be considered non-prime.