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Counter-Strike 1.0 is 20 years old – PC Gamer

Today is the 20th anniversary of Counter-Strike’s release. The king of competitive shooters began as a Half-Life mod, developed by Minh Lee and Jess Cliffe, which began circulating in beta form in June 1999. The co-creators released several more versions over the rest of the year, before in 2000 Valve acquired the IP and brought both in-house. Counter-Strike, which some might call the greatest competitive game of all time, was officially released on November 9, 2000.

Here’s the press release that Valve’s Doug Lombardi sent out at the time. “Since its initial beta release in fall 1999, Counter-Strike has become the number one played online action game, surpassing all commercial and noncommercial titles in its class. Counter-Strike 1.0 will be released later tonight to all existing Counter-Strike and Half-Life players. CS 1.0 contains new weapons, a number of gamplay fixes, as well as enhanced maps, models and animation. Counter-Strike 1.0 will be available from a variety of gaming sites in two varieties: as an update for existing CS players and as a full mod for existing Half-Life owners.”


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