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No, You Can't Get A CS2 Key By Idling In CS:GO

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CS2 is hosting a limited test for a select pool of players which have been picked based on recent CS:GO playtime, trust factor, and Steam account standing. To try and get in, some idled to boost their hours, hoping to make themselves eligible, but Valve has said that this won't work and you're wasting your time.

"PSA: Idling on official matchmaking servers in CS:GO does not increase your chances of making [it] into the CS2 Limited Test," the official Counter-Strike account tweeted. "The playtime that counts was your playtime prior to the start of the Limited Test."

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So, if you didn't get an invite, racking up the hours isn't going to change that fact. However, plenty of players haven't seen the memo and are still joining lobbies to do nothing but accumulate playtime. "i was just in a deathmatch lobby with 15 mfs spinning around", @SABKAIN tweeted two hours ago as of writing. Easy kills, at least, but they won't make great teammates.

If you didn't get an invite to join the limited test, Counter-Strike 2 isn't that far off anyway. It's launching in the Summer of this year, likely sometime in August after the eSports championship in Cologne. That means we'll probably get our hands on it in only a few months' time.

For now, Valve is enlisting CS:GO veterans, first-timers, streamers, and everyone in-between to test CS2, and who knows? Maybe we'll get an open or closed beta before launch - we'll have to wait and see, but clearly, there's not much you can do if you missed out.

However, you might come across early-access technical invites or YouTube videos promising a chance to play. These are more than likely scams. Already, players are being duped by fraudulent CS2 invites and losing their Steam accounts. Instead, to check if you got a legitimate, official invite, you'll have to open CS:GO via Steam directly. Even if you're itching to try it out, it's best to be cautious - waiting a few months is better than risking your entire library.

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