New update adds casting to GOTV

Valve has released a new update for CS:GO that promises to change the way that event matches can be followed.

Following tonight's update, spectators can now listen to casters directly via GOTV during official event matches without having to connect to a stream. This novelty will be experienced first hand at ESL One Cologne, which will take place from August 14-17.

To celebrate the upcoming $250,000 major, Valve has launched an event that will allow spectators to earn a souvenir package about the tournament. To have a shot at earning such a gift, all that you need to do is link your and Steam accounts and then watch a match via GOTV or through twitch with a linked account.

According to Valve, you will be able to choose between listening to the casters or simply the in-game audio. You can also have direct control of the camera or you can let the caster show you what is going on.

But that is not the only improvement made to GOTV: Valve has added a number of panels to it that will display a variety of information (most likely live statistics, like in Dota 2), about the matches that are taking place.

Below you can find the official patch notes:


  • Updated the Challenger ESL sticker.
  • Team MTS Gamegod Wolf updated their sticker.
  • Enabled the Virtus.Pro (Holo) | Cologne 2014 sticker to be used for the Cologne Pick'Em Challenge.
  • Spectators can now hear the caster via GOTV on official event matches and toggle a variety of options (from the scoreboard) that allows caster to control the local user spectator experience.
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to use an sv_cheats-protected sound mixer state on non-sv_cheats game servers.
  • Fixed upside-down label position on butterfly knife model.
  • Fixed the string "X saved Y by killing Z" showing X as Z for spectators.
  • When a camera switches between nearby players when spectating, it now interpolates (disable via game options menu).
  • The spectator panel no longer goes away when the scoreboard comes up, but the player health sub panel still does.
  • The HUD no longer goes away when the bomb explodes for spectators/gotv viewers.
  • The scoreboard mouse cursor now comes up automatically when you are an HLTV spectator.
  • Added panels to the spectator panel that will show a variety of information about current matches during official events.
2014-08-09 04:24
Portugal exorN 
2014-08-09 06:30
Can anyone tell us the name of the new skins? Thanks /sry for reply
2014-08-09 12:43
Poland Snaiips 
2014-08-09 16:32
cs go growing boys
2014-08-09 04:25
You only have to believe
2014-08-09 11:27
hecker | 
World heck9r 
not sure if troll, but you're actually right I think ;)
2014-08-10 05:40
not trolling just look from last dhw there cs:go was barely hitting 100k player now we almost hitting 200k on daily basis
2014-08-10 05:42
"deaded in a year" - HLTV
2014-08-10 15:54
We made it.
2014-08-09 04:25
Valve made it
2014-08-09 09:59
Portugal ac1dd 
really nice indeed! especially to ppl like me with shitty net
2014-08-09 04:25
2014-08-09 11:05
+2 256kb/s...
2014-08-09 15:38
2014-08-10 00:27
2014-08-09 04:26
pabeL | 
Dominican Republic pabeL 
2014-08-09 04:26
ooooohh nice,
2014-08-09 04:26
oh my god this is too perfect
2014-08-09 04:27
Awesome :D
2014-08-09 04:27
soooo good
2014-08-09 04:27
Let's hope they did a decent ammount of testing. Wouldn't want it to fail miserably.
2014-08-09 04:28
It's Valve... Why would they test it :D
2014-08-09 04:31
Lithuania AioNw0w 
2014-08-09 08:20
2014-08-09 16:10
2014-08-10 06:34
It exists in Dota so perhaps if they asked for help it will work :3
2014-08-09 08:36
markeloff | 
Portugal md. 
the dota one, is a little buggy, stoping sometimes.
2014-08-09 16:20
Valve: test..TEST IT!. you wanna talk about TESTING!..TESTING!
2014-08-09 13:23
Fixed an exploit that allowed players to use an sv_cheats-protected sound mixer state on non-sv_cheats game servers. --- finally we could have good sound in this game, and they ruin it. was good especially for maps with lots of ambient noise like vertigo
2014-08-09 04:28
Welp it was at top of the subreddit and that is literally the only place where the devs go for their sneaky bug fixes
2014-08-09 04:59
2014-08-09 05:09
/r/GlobalOffensive killing CSGO
2014-08-09 05:15
+1 these fucking reddit kids rip in rest cs sweet prince
2014-08-09 05:22
2014-08-09 07:34
LOL you mean +1 these fucking hltv kids rip in rest cs sweer prince
2014-08-09 15:03
2014-08-10 06:45
What command was it?
2014-08-09 12:57
snd_setmixer Ambient vol 0.0
2014-08-09 14:08
i was waiting for the cast on GOTV like DOTA, ty VALVE<3 LOVE U GABE N
2014-08-09 04:29
Estonia 2026 
Now waiting for tickets just like in Dota 2.
2014-08-09 04:29
Well played Valve. For the first time I can say something like this.. "Loving new updates".
2014-08-09 04:30
2014-08-09 04:32
2014-08-09 04:33
Korea saddummy 
And couple of new skins aswell, that Galil looks fuckin sick
2014-08-09 04:33
Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
Finally a good Galil skin. :D
2014-08-09 06:22
i dont see any new galil skin,bug for me?
2014-08-09 10:19
Israel selukvey 
Cache Collection, look ingame news
2014-08-09 12:43
ty, bizon is pretty sweet also glock :P
2014-08-09 12:44
Israel selukvey 
Yeah tec-9 looks good too.
2014-08-09 12:45
well, i not play with that 'gun' :D but yea its cool also :)
2014-08-09 12:46
That Famas doesn't look bad either.
2014-08-09 17:14
dat XM :o gonna gönn it soon
2014-08-09 16:49
France rsi_rise 
Everyone's happy, quick take a screenshot! :D
2014-08-09 04:34
oxley | 
Macedonia Trolldor 
About fucking time
2014-08-09 04:34
I've been waiting for this for like 5 years. It was Nomad's idea tho...
2014-08-09 04:36
in 2 days people wont remember this update and start whining again about how much valve sux.
2014-08-09 04:37
very nice feature, i hope its gonna work tho
2014-08-09 04:39
good job volvo
2014-08-09 04:39
awesome update!
2014-08-09 04:43
yeeeeeee nice!
2014-08-09 04:46
World breezy0 
great update
2014-08-09 04:47
do they still forgot to fix shaky crosshair after previous update?
2014-08-09 04:53
volvo doing something great wtf is this, this just can´t be real, it´s a sorcery
2014-08-09 04:54
"Added panels to the spectator panel that will show a variety of information about current matches during official events." what kind of information ?
2014-08-09 04:56
prob scores!
2014-08-09 04:59
% like on lounge regarding Pick em up challenge
2014-08-09 13:15
How can u say its a great update, the gotv are so ugly, they need to fix their spec mode before adding addon to it
2014-08-09 05:13
2014-08-09 05:15
Lithuania aMii 
2014-08-09 05:44
2014-08-09 06:15
-10 how you can say that , that new small feature is swith when switching between players + gotv cast just like dota . Pretty cool . Ive juste rewatch a movie i made back in the earl day of csgo . GO DAMN CSGOTV were just like awfull
2014-08-09 06:27
Lithuania AioNw0w 
-1. The GOTV is awesome. Don't talk bs
2014-08-09 08:18
2014-08-09 10:25
where did you get it from ? It was on a tv show in India
2014-08-09 11:52
2014-08-09 12:32
2014-08-09 11:54
ex pe ct ed
2014-08-09 05:13
2014-08-09 05:23
Great idea in theory, however, I see this failing, or at least, significantly increasing the server costs of tournament organizers. Reason: GOTV IPs will need to be released for this feature to be utilized. DDoSers are firing up their VPSes.
2014-08-09 05:31
Denmark fyhn 
GOTV IPs are usually already released for these tournaments.
2014-08-09 06:03
oh nevermind then :D
2014-08-09 07:08
Well, the IP you get to the GOTV is usually a relay IP not the main GOTV IP. So the DDos people could at most crash the relay which would suck in it self but it wouldn't affect the actual game!
2014-08-10 18:10
2014-08-09 05:34
mason | 
Tunisia mason~ 
n1 update
2014-08-09 05:34
United States mah9 
just like dota, awesome. hltv was the only way to watch 1.6, streams always pissed me off so badly. im very used to streaming now in go, when i went in a gotv the other day I had forgotten how much better it is to watch a match under your own settings with full resolution.
2014-08-09 05:49
Singapore The_Fiend[fA] 
BEST UPDATE EVER!!! Also, I need that galil and famas skin!!
2014-08-09 06:21
This is actually ridiculous. Many a terrible update was covered by this. Thank you Valve.
2014-08-09 06:27
Spectators can now hear the caster via GOTV on official event matches and toggle a variety of options (from the scoreboard) that allows caster to control the local user spectator experience That is an EASY update that should have done months ago. It's just like when you're watching DOTA2 via game. You choose who to listen. Dota2 and CSGO are same from valve so I don't understand why they won't add what's good on dota2 into CSGO :( PS: My original post was on unofficial update topic.
2014-08-09 06:27
"That is an EASY update" Love these comments working in software dev :D
2014-08-09 15:19
yes put that line on your head because at the end of the day, small csgo crew are still working under one company just like dota2 crew. VALVE!
2014-08-09 17:42
It's not like they can just copy/paste the parts of Dota2 that they like into csgo. The csgo team at valve is small and it takes a lot of work to deploy a piece of software that meets certain standards to a large userbase. Yes, their priorities and decisions are sometimes not what competitive players/spectators are looking for, but they are definitely working on the game, which is good.
2014-08-09 17:32
India pulp GO Ps will this be applicable to non-valve events too ?
2014-08-09 06:29
why did you uninstalled GO in first place?
2014-08-09 17:38
China Ava1ondraGon 
Need custom gui&#65281;&#65281;&#65281;
2014-08-09 06:51
So now you can hear PansY in-game too?Coolllllll!!!
2014-08-09 07:20
It's a shame!
2014-08-09 12:46
Complainers gonna complain. N1 volvo
2014-08-09 07:23
Won't this mean less TWITCH viewers though? This can have a negative effect on cross-over viewer numbers.
2014-08-09 07:27
Twitch will have less of the load, but people watching on Twitch and those on GOTV counts towards the same total pool that is shown as the viewercount.
2014-08-09 07:32
but what about twitch ads?
2014-08-09 13:03
Switzerland Sylleo 
Twitch's problem, not CSGO's.
2014-08-09 17:04
wont this effect streamers like anders/semmlar that rely alot on viewers so they can get sponsors etc... ? or am i misunderstanding the concept?
2014-08-09 08:09
Lithuania AioNw0w 
Well the ling between steam and twitch has to mean something. As far as i know, if you're watching a GOTV Demo, the views still go to official streams so i don't think this is much of a problem.
2014-08-09 08:16
I can hear tosspot in GOTV now ? Great update. Goosepumps
2014-08-09 08:14
2014-08-09 08:28
YEAHHHH !!! +1 guys when team matchmaking??
2014-08-09 08:32
Time to buy CS:GO.
2014-08-09 08:34
Team wolf buy it now and rape nip!
2014-08-09 10:29
Sure cos Fiffy not in his nowadays.
2014-08-09 10:38
wow new galil and famas is nice..
2014-08-09 08:48
can u give me link? i cant find them
2014-08-09 11:08
Denmark fyhn 
Open up CS and look at the frontpage.
2014-08-09 13:32
yea i know now lol, i was so confused :DDD easy us fuck^^
2014-08-09 13:36
Nah too lazy to use GOTV..
2014-08-09 08:50
ty gaben
2014-08-09 08:54
Banthat guy
2014-08-09 09:17
great job
2014-08-09 09:27
WOOOHOOO! Been waiting for this!
2014-08-09 09:28
Isnt this going to reduce the ppl watching the actual streams? so in term reduce their revenue from commercials and what not.. This doesnt seem like a good idea and from past GOTV experiences its prolly going to be horrible anyhow, but will have to wait and see I guess.
2014-08-09 09:31
When they release the ticket system like Dota I guess they could make enough off of that to cover how much they would have made from ads, maybe more
2014-08-09 16:28
Germany Bongskie 
wow nice :)
2014-08-09 09:41
Damn, nice
2014-08-09 09:43
nice job! this is something i've been missing!
2014-08-09 09:49
2014-08-09 10:00
hell yeah fucking awesome
2014-08-09 10:10
wanted these damn features for so long ! oh yes ! now valve ! just fix the hit registration, nerf the CZ more, add better servers and nerf the p90 and CS GO will be gold !
2014-08-09 10:13
This is good, but to make the game better is the most important thing, keep in mind of that, Valve.
2014-08-09 10:25
Now everybody can watch the games without the need to go to the laggy twitch.
2014-08-09 10:32
So we can watch laggy GOTV...
2014-08-09 10:30
At least -1 node from lag chain.
2014-08-10 22:55
this sounds great
2014-08-09 10:29
I don't see why everybody is so enthusiastic about that news. What came here is the first step to paying competition. You want to see dream hack winter in god conditions via gotv ? Fine, but you need to buy a 5€ spectator ticket first. It's the same on Dota :(( Edit: and pushing it further, this is also the path to a f2p csgo :(
2014-08-09 10:33
Denmark 3k2 
You can watch TI perfectly in dota without paying!
2014-08-09 12:12
Switzerland Sylleo 
TI is the exception tho, the other (non-valve) tournaments charge for the ticket. Is it bad ? Imo no, because with the ticket you get access to the game with commentary, but also skins/loading screens and part of the money goes to the prize-pool. It means tournament organizers rely less on twitch ads and sponsors as the community can fund tournaments. It also increases competition between tournament organizers as they need to deliver the best package possible. Step in the right direction for me.
2014-08-09 17:09
Denmark 3k2 
Oh! I never watch dota outside of when TI is played, so just thought personalj was confused since so many people bought the TI compendium anyways. Just me being a noob I guess :P Thx for clarifying!
2014-08-09 17:15
mush need ....was waiting for this since 1.6 days
2014-08-09 10:32
yay finally =)
2014-08-09 10:34
Wont it affect you? I assume that you lose some advertisement money =)
2014-08-09 11:07
"Spectators can now hear the caster via GOTV on official event matches.." I think Anders gets paid a salary and ESL gets the ads ;)
2014-08-09 11:17
damn you were faster :(
2014-08-09 11:17
lol 15 seconds ;)
2014-08-09 11:17
Its just for EMS One Katowice , games like ESEA/other tournaments aren't featured in the watch tab anyway. And for Katowice Anders is paid by the ESL and they will use their stream :)
2014-08-09 11:17
Well, if this became a thing for all matches I would still support it, and yes we probably would lose some money in ad-revenue, but it would just mean we would have to change our approach and look for new ways of income. I think it would be much better for the viewers if they could choose freely who to watch and listen to.
2014-08-09 11:42
Is it possible in the future to add ticket feature so we can watch support tournaments like CaseKing and any others like SLTV, ESEA?
2014-08-09 13:59
I would say it is more than just possible, I'd give it a 99% chance that this will happen.
2014-08-09 17:26
2014-08-09 18:14
Can u plz explain the ticket feature? how does it work.. probably the 1st time i came across such feature..
2014-08-10 00:20
you mean like in dota the international ? :b
2014-08-10 14:28
my dream came trur <3
2014-08-09 10:50
wow, didn't expect this
2014-08-09 11:01
BB RETARDED TWITCH CHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2014-08-09 11:14
Good Job!
2014-08-09 11:18
this has been waited.. !
2014-08-09 11:26
2014-08-09 11:31
Greece her-1g 
6 not 5.
2014-08-09 12:34
Denmark fyhn 
*cl_crosshairstyle 6* But this!
2014-08-09 13:38
Belgium Clinternet 
This is actually pritty awesome gj valve more of this
2014-08-09 11:37
great one~!
2014-08-09 11:59
Hungary sprayK1NG 
volvo psl...
2014-08-09 12:08
wow, nicee
2014-08-09 12:19
I'm not sure how well this will work for smaller casters like me :/
2014-08-09 12:32
Greece her-1g 
ambient noises are back.......thanks for nothing
2014-08-09 12:34
this is actually amazing
2014-08-09 12:41
Sick, I've been waiting for something like this.
2014-08-09 12:41
can i watch a game without hearing caster? i just wana watch a fucking GOTV without hearing any caster
2014-08-09 13:14
U can
2014-08-09 15:31
2014-08-09 17:33
2014-08-09 13:38
Only reason why i was going into gotv,was because didnt want to listen amazing caster voices, now i dont have such option. wow BRAVO
2014-08-09 13:54
Read the post moron
2014-08-09 14:20
read the article?
2014-08-09 16:30
"The scoreboard mouse cursor now comes up automatically when you are an HLTV spectator." Is this is a mistake or we're going back to one point six? :-)
2014-08-09 13:58
free publicity :)
2014-08-10 15:48
cl_crosshairstyle 6 volvo plis
2014-08-09 14:09
Finally!!! i can now die in peace... R.I.P tnx volvo let me kiss you on the cheek but not in a gay way :D
2014-08-09 14:09
new update , again DROP fps -100 FPS , -120FPS . Nice work VOLVO !
2014-08-09 14:16
my fps went up by 15 o_O
2014-08-09 17:25
Why are you calling it a novelty?
2014-08-09 14:43
wow nice work, finaly volvo doing some good work
2014-08-09 14:48
long needed update :)
2014-08-09 15:45
Still, there is something to be done: - Console bug on main menu. You have to press inventory or something else and press § couple of times before it works. (Yeah, little but annoying). > Waiting for it for about a year now,. - Fix some bugs in server browser (you cant open server browser again anymore if you are being queueing on some server) > Waiting for it for about a year now, - Sound bugs, you can hear weird steps even there is no anybody. (especially if there is a dead bot on server?). Yeah, little things matter. I cant truly understand how you can even create game if the making of main menu is so troublesome.
2014-08-09 15:53
2014-08-09 15:54
2014-08-09 15:55
Spectators can now hear the caster via GOTV on official event matches and toggle a variety of options (from the scoreboard) that allows caster to control the local user spectator experience. YES Miss watching quake matches on GTV with a cast going on in the background and having to time matches up to the cast. Wanted casting inside of GOTV for ages now.
2014-08-09 16:05
any1 found that the viewmodel had a little change ? cl_bob_lower_amt command
2014-08-09 16:30
2014-08-09 16:40
Report it on reddit, sadly Valve is not reading this site.
2014-08-09 19:58
oh nice
2014-08-09 16:45
nice x
2014-08-09 17:03
nice looking forward to seeing the gotv casting in action
2014-08-09 17:26
let the 16 tick lag begin
2014-08-09 17:26
It's not tick but snapshotrate.
2014-08-09 19:57
Cant wait to try it out! Valve getting up to pace
2014-08-09 17:49
Spectators can now hear the caster via GOTV on official event matches and toggle a variety of options (from the scoreboard) that allows caster to control the local user spectator experience. Finally, I hope ESL will give us more than 16 snapshotrate. Because 16 is laggy as hell. Fixed an exploit that allowed players to use an sv_cheats-protected sound mixer state on non-sv_cheats game servers. Good, but they should add ambient, radio and others sound options in audio - similar to this:
2014-08-09 20:01
2014-08-09 20:03
RIP twitchbux from subs
2014-08-09 20:29
volvo 128 tick in mm pls
2014-08-09 22:12
"When a camera switches between nearby players when spectating, it now interpolates (disable via game options menu)." Whats the command for it? It resets all the time :p
2014-08-09 23:37
wow, this is huge. u noow can "follow" ur favorite caster while being able to select ur own POVs or FOVs. really nice update, looking forward to it. im prob. back from holidays in time :)
2014-08-10 14:34
United States darkun 
thanks GOD so tired of watching some fuck in tunnels not close to anyone while other people are shooting. GG camera work
2014-08-13 01:22
i dont see anything new in gotv how do turn it on\off?
2014-08-14 12:36
me too, where I turn it on? nothing new here.
2014-08-14 12:59
:( oh well...
2014-08-14 14:53
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