Any game, including our beloved CS:GO, needs regular updates, new content, and occurring bug fixes to improve the gameplay. Without updates, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive would be pretty much the same as it was when Valve released the game in 2013. And yes, there would be no skins!
In this article, we will talk about some of the updates players received throughout this year, including the latest CS:GO update, and figure out which ones impacted the game the most.
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What are CS:GO Updates & How Do They Work?
With CS:GO updates, Valve tries to enhance the players’ experience. The most common use for patches is to fix different bugs and exploits. Simply put, CS:GO updates bring the new stuff into the game and fix the old stuff. This includes balance changes, gameplay fixes, map rotation, etc.
Developers keep track of all the updates they release. You can find the CS:GO update log, including both the oldest and the latest CS:GO update on the game’s official website.
To play the game, you need to make sure you have the CS:GO’s newest update installed on your device, whether it is a PC or a Steam Deck. Otherwise, you will not be able to simply run it. To see if you have CS:GO’s new patch that needs to be installed, check your Steam app.
Frequency of CS:GO Updates in a Year
In 2022, Valve released thirty-one major and minor CS:GO patches. Developers pushed the first CS:GO 2022 update at the beginning of the year on January 20, and the CS:GO’s latest update on December 16.
Latest CS:GO Patch Notes in 2022
We will go over some of the CS:GO’s latest patch notes of this year in chronological order and highlight the most important changes.
Release Notes for 1/20/2022
On January 20, Valve released the first CS:GO 2022 update. They added the long-awaited Dreams & Nightmares case that featured seventeen community-made weapon finishes, including AK-47 | Nightwish, MP7 | Starlight, and other skins. To gather skins for this case, Valve announced a contest, and each winning skin author received $100,000. The whole prize pool of the Dreams & Nightmares contests finalized into $1.7 million.
Here are all the skins from the Dreams & Nightmares case:
- AK-47 | Nightwish
- MP9 | Starlight Protector
- Dual Berettas | Melondrama
- MP7 | Abyssal Apparition
- FAMAS | Rapid Eye Movement
- M4A1-S | Night Terror
- USP-S | Ticket to Hell
- PP-Bizon | Space Cat
- G3SG1 | Dream Glade
- XM1014 | Zombie Offensive
- MAC-10 | Ensnared
- Five-SeveN | Scrawl
- MP5-SD | Necro Jr.
- Sawed-Off | Spirit Board
- P2000 | Lifted Spirits
- SCAR-20 | Poultrygeist
- MAG-7 | Foresight.
Note: Check out the Dreams & Nightmares case on Hellcase.
Alongside the Dreams & Nightmares case, this update also featured changes to the Insertion 2 map, including a removed boost spot and fixed graphical issues.
Release Notes for 2/21/2022
Operation Riptide ended in the second half of February 2022. It featured new maps, a weekly mission system, and an upgradable mission coin.
The first map rotation of the year occurred with this update. Developers removed six maps from the map pool and replaced them with the same amount of maps for all the game modes.
Release Notes for 5/15/2022
At Antwerp Major, G2 player m0nesy used a one-way smoke exploit in the game against Imperial. After the match Brazilian CS:GO player pigo discovered the bug that Ilya Osypov used to get a huge upper hand to fight the middle push.
The clip went viral, and Valve managed to fix the smoke bug shortly after this happened.
Release Notes for 6/15/2022
In this June update, developers nerfed M4A1-S. The magazine capacity of the assault rifle was reduced by five bullets, making it twenty. The CS:GO community, however, did not believe that it could heavily alter the balance of the game.
Valve also shipped changes to Ancient, Vertigo, and three other maps.
Release Notes for 7/1/2022
On July 1, 2020, developers released an update with the Recoil Case included. This case consisted of seventeen weapon finishes that Valve picked from the Steam Workshop submissions.
List of the Recoil case skins:
- USP-S | Printstream
- AWP | Chromatic Aberration
- AK-47 | Ice Coaled
- Sawed-Off | Kiss♥Love
- P250 | Visions
- R8 Revolver | Crazy 8
- Dual Berettas | Flora Carnivora
- SG 553 | Dragon Tech
- M249 | Downtown
- P90 | Vent Rush
- M4A4 | Poly Mag
- Glock-18 | Winterized
- FAMAS | Meow 36
- Galil AR | Destroyer
- Negev | Drop Me
- MAC-10 | Monkeyflage
- UMP-45 | Roadblock.
Check out the Recoil case on Hellcase.
Apart from adding the Recoil case, developers also made some changes to the map Ember.
Release Notes for 8/16/2022
Hurrah, CS:GO turned ten years old this summer! To celebrate such an occasion, Valve prepared festivities for the CS:GO latest update at that moment. It included a special sticker capsule, the very first one to introduce stickers that change appearance when viewed from different angles.
We also got new and returning maps, a coin, and in-game drops. Have you received your 10 Year Birthday Coin?
Release Notes for 8/23/2022
Two days after CS:GO’s 10th Birthday, developers spoiled us with another update. Players received six new music kits in the Initiators Music Kit Box, and StatTrak™ versions of them.
Users with no Prime Account Status now could only invite players from their Steam friends list to a party, and see limited information on non-friends profiles. Also, Valve renamed the map Primetime to Cascade, boosted performance on it, and limited visual bugs. Maps Blagai and Breach also got improvements.
Release Notes for 11/18/2022
Among all the CS:GO 2022 updates , this one got probably the most hype. That fact doesn’t seem shocking at all, as Dust 2, the third most popular map among the CS:GO players, got removed from the Active Duty Pool and replaced by Anubis.
At first, Valve teased us with an Anubis-related tweet on their official Twitter account. It led to players being confused and theorizing about the meaning of the publication.
Two hours later, developers announced a major update. Dust 2 was no longer a part of the Active Duty Pool, got switched to Anubis. While the map is still playable in Casual, Deathmatch, and Competitive modes, you will not see Dust 2 used in any official matches until it gets added back.
Anubis is a community-created bomb-defusal map that appeared in the game for the first time in April, 2020. Valve deleted it permanently in 2021, but they brought it back this summer. Check out our full guide for Anubis in our blog.
Apart from the maps, two weapons have also undergone some nerfs. AWP had its magazine capacity reduced from ten to five bullets, and the M4A1-S range modifier was reduced from 0.99 to 0.94, making the assault rifle less accurate.
To Wrap Up!
This concludes our digest of the most significant CS:GO’s latest patch notes. This year, we got two new weapon cases with community-made skins, new maps, and changes in weapon balance. We also said goodbye to Dust 2, as the map was removed from the Active Duty pool for the first time ever in the history of CS:GO. Check out our blog to learn about CS:GO skins, guides, and esports news.
CSGO 2022 Updates FAQs
Yes, CS:GO got more than five hundred updates since its release in 2013, thirty-one of them were released in 2022. These updates include map rotation, bug fixing, adding cosmetic items, etc.
Valve developers released the last CS:GO update on December 16th, 2022. Currently, CS:GO runs on patch 220.127.116.11 (version 1539). Build ID: 10165983.