CS:GO update adds fade to black

A new CS:GO update has shipped, build version, and its major bullet point is an introduction of a long requested game mechanic, deathcam blur and fade to black.

A new CS:GO update arrived late in the night and any update can be considered a ground-breaking update as far as CS:GO is concerned when there are noticeable changes in the "Gameplay" section.

Today's change features three very important changes to gameplay: a reduction of Spectator Freeze Time (the amount of time an observer camera is frozen) from five to three seconds, an introduction of a fade and blur to deathcam upon dying, and a more aggressive fade on the deathcam when killed with a headshot.

The request for a fade to black had been a longstanding one from fans of earlier iterations of Counter-Strike and the aggressive fade upon getting headshotted will add an interesting competitive tweak to the mechanic.

In addition, hardcore traders and Series 1 pin fans will be in for a bit of a shock as the Pin Series capsule can now be purchased in game, and a further blog post specified that Series 2 pins will debut at ESL One Cologne 2016.

The full changelog for the update can be found below:


  • Added the CS:GO Collectible Pins Series 1 capsule offer that can be purchased in-game.
  • As of June 1st, Series 1 Genuine Collectible Pins will be available at WeLoveFine.com


  • Default spec_freeze_time reduced from 5.0 to 3.0.
  • Added fade and blur to deathcam (when mp_forcecamera 1).
  • Fade and blur in deathcam are more aggressive when killed with a headshot (when mp_forcecamera 1).


  • Improved spectating cameras for de_cache.
  • Improved spectating cameras for de_nuke.
  • Added convars cl_spec_use_tournament_content_standards and sv_spec_use_tournament_content_standards that allow the client and/or server to prefer official pro player names when available and omit weapon tags for spectators.


  • The ‘swap item’ crosshair hint will display the weapon’s original name even if the weapon has been renamed with a name tag.


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2016-06-01 04:44
25 replies
I was hoping for music kit
2016-06-01 04:49
17 replies
me too, like csgo adds fade to black album lol
2016-06-01 04:50
15 replies
Ride the lightning
2016-06-01 04:50
14 replies
the best
2016-06-01 04:52
5 replies
st. anger best
2016-06-01 05:18
4 replies
Get the fuck oot m8 :P
2016-06-01 06:29
But that's not And Justice for All.
2016-06-01 13:36
1 reply
Best album ever made by anyone!!
2016-06-04 00:38
That snare ruined the whole album. If Lars wasnt such a good businessman, i think they shouldve gotten a better drummer long time ago
2016-06-01 15:33
World Exanto
Ride the lightning good but not best (MoP best)
2016-06-01 06:57
Finland fr0zeNid
Master of puppets, kill em all, RTL, justice, black, rest are total shit
2016-06-01 08:28
6 replies
+1 even though black album was pretty weak in general.
2016-06-01 08:44
1 reply
Finland fr0zeNid
true, black album was the gateway drug to shit music
2016-06-02 15:10
Death magnetic is pretty good tbh
2016-06-01 11:56
3 replies
Finland fr0zeNid
that joke went old in 2009 bro
2016-06-02 15:11
2 replies
playing csgo since 2013 but cant get ge xD
2016-06-04 00:40
1 reply
exactly my toughts xD
2016-06-01 16:38
2016-06-01 04:51
other than that,i think nothing else matters xD
2016-06-01 04:53
2016-06-01 05:46
United Kingdom FullSpe3d
life it seems will fade away
2016-06-01 06:51
Exactly my thought
2016-06-01 09:14
ridiculous that people can buy pins in game now
2016-06-01 22:20
I was hoping for new music kits
2016-06-01 23:36
2016-06-01 04:44
Argentina EnvyJ
2016-06-01 04:44
2016-06-01 04:45
LOL good thing I sold my pin codes
2016-06-01 04:45
2016-06-01 04:45
leo_drk | 
Brazil wAc
2016-06-01 04:46
2016-06-01 04:47
Romania KrieppeN
Nooice :D
2016-06-01 04:47
easiest pin code of my life
2016-06-01 04:47
Australia so_obvious
rip fps
2016-06-01 04:50
Lol the money people lost on pins :P
2016-06-01 04:51
1 reply
Classic Valve. XD
2016-06-01 20:30
United States SjD
2016-06-01 04:53
Good, good, now improve FPS on Nuke.
2016-06-01 04:54
Mexico izuku
2016-06-01 05:00
ZywOo | 
Peru dbie
LOL. Nice job Volvo. F2B 3 years later :V
2016-06-01 05:05
rip me i bought 2 pins with irl money not to long ago..
2016-06-01 05:08
Just lost $250 from this update
2016-06-01 05:11
9 replies
2016-06-01 05:19
2 replies
Really? Because I went to the major and stood in line for 4 hours, I deserve to lose the value of my pins, how is it deserved?
2016-06-01 05:21
1 reply
New pins coming out at the next majors so u can get some money from the new ones ;)
2016-06-02 08:00
this. I have a militia pin worth $46 on the market right now, and I can't even sell it because it's not from the capsule.
2016-06-01 05:41
4 replies
Maybe they will keep the genuine pins that were from the major and have the ones from the capsule as like knock off pins
2016-06-01 05:44
3 replies
The ones you get from the major will be titled "Genuine ( insert pin name here)". The ones sold in the capsules have no "Genuine" tag on it. Guess if that makes your pin a little more worth it...
2016-06-01 07:05
2 replies
Except that only way to watch that is to go into the actual inventory. Also genuine pins aren't tradeable. Valve being greedy developer #1 once again!
2016-06-01 11:08
1 reply
Yep :( I think nobody would bother checking whether one's pin is genuine or not. I would have thought Valve would have changed the lable to distinguish the genuine ones from the normal ones but Valve being Valve :D
2016-06-01 12:13
hahahah DESERVED
2016-06-01 14:22
rip pin prices at least my complexity and ibuypower stickers are safe
2016-06-01 05:11
3 replies
Nope, valve is going to sell the ibuypower stickers in the next update and make the originals industuisable from the newer ones
2016-06-01 05:23
1 reply
Poland shaed_i
2016-06-01 08:19
not for long.
2016-06-01 06:52
Niceee pinsss :D
2016-06-01 05:12
All i know is i cant join esea servers now after this update, but can play any other server.... gg "Got network config from CDN. Data contains revision 38, not newer than current revision 38; ignoring. Telling Steam it is safe to update the app --- Missing Vgui material vgui/..\vgui\maps\menu_thumb_default --- Missing Vgui material vgui/..\vgui\maps\menu_thumb_default_download Failed to read the default inventory image file (materials/icons/inventory_icon_quest.vtf) Failed to read the default inventory image file (materials/icons/inventory_icon_campaign.vtf) Failed to read the default inventory image file (materials/icons/inventory_icon_campaign.vtf) "
2016-06-01 05:19
great ffs so the guardian elite pin that i got at the major is gonna be less rare af because everyone is gonna have them and i wont look cool anymore .___.
2016-06-01 05:25
2 replies
Yep, rest in peace my fallen comrade, at least we can remember the great times before the massive fuck up
2016-06-01 05:33
1 reply
i think atleast it will still say genuine
2016-06-01 16:28
"The request for a fade to black had been a longstanding one from fans of earlier iterations of Counter-Strike" Nobody fucking wanted that. You have like half a fucking second to wait to bait the killcam. Yet another update to fuck up the skill and timing needed to play the game properly. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Ages 8 to 80.
2016-06-01 05:34
10 replies
Sweden wyv0
Nice bait
2016-06-01 05:36
1 reply
Damnit :(
2016-06-01 05:37
2016-06-01 05:37
6 replies
2016-06-01 05:47
5 replies
I don't even know what country you're from, but I bet it must be sad to be irrelevant green japan.
2016-06-01 05:52
1 reply
I don't even know what country you're from, but I bet it must be sad to be irrelevant white japan.
2016-06-01 07:13
bangladeshi CS HAHHA...?
2016-06-01 07:08
2 replies
2016-06-01 07:13
1 reply
2016-06-01 07:29
Lol silver talking, deathcam is 5 second free wh reward for lows who die all the time
2016-06-01 08:43
wow unexpected...
2016-06-01 05:35
Denmark FeNoM_XD
fak spent like 80 keys on pins
2016-06-01 05:38
1 reply
United Kingdom Recks
right, shits bullshit. how is someone Collectible when they sell it in game after time.
2016-06-01 08:31
For users that have pins because they redeemed a code, they should be able to sell it if they want. Pins that are offered in the Capsule but weren't obtained through the capsule still can't be sold on the market. I find this pretty unfair.
2016-06-01 05:39
2 replies
Denmark FeNoM_XD
I redeemed two codes and can't sell any pin
2016-06-01 05:44
Canada mellowk
Pretty much the same pin, but they are different. Genuine vs non.
2016-06-01 05:56
Argentina Emlit
I always said that this game need the F2B from CS 1.6.
2016-06-01 05:50
Ground breaking update... thats funny.
2016-06-01 05:48
This is a really cool update. I love it!! Now we need sound improvements. EDIT: Upon reading my own comment, I sound like such a spoiled child. *crawls into hole*
2016-06-01 05:51
3 replies
I sound like such a spoiled child. Honestly not really. Updates in CS:GO are slow and small. Every time giving a little requested feature while adding yet another revenue stream for Valve. Playing CS:GO and watching the updates is just downright sad when you look at Dota2 and so many other games.
2016-06-01 11:12
1 reply
True, true. They're money-mongers, that's for sure.
2016-06-01 16:11
Seriously they need to fix sound. Its so horrible you can't trace where someone is half the time. Can't understand how sound in 1.6 was so accurate in pinpointing people and cs:go can't do it.
2016-06-01 14:03
United States hehexddd
Haven't fixed that plant spot on Nuke???
2016-06-01 05:51
Canada mellowk
Death cam affects nothing... You can still see just fine for the same amount of time.
2016-06-01 05:57
4 years late valve..
2016-06-01 06:04
sup with the pins? i dont understand
2016-06-01 06:06
What about prime matchmaking? Q_Q
2016-06-01 06:11
add 2 seconds of black screen xDDDDDD prolly was just faster for these workoholics xDDddd
2016-06-01 06:22
2016-06-01 06:36
so where to buy it in game? :/
2016-06-01 06:51
Is the fade to black ON by default for normal MM session? I'm not sure if I'll like that for the normal MM. Part of the fun in this game is when we're spectating our friends, cheering them on, or laughing together when something dumb happens. We also give constructive criticism and advice on how to play better when we see our friends do something noobish. This way, all of us can improve together at the game. For me, MM is the casual gaming mode where we just go there to have fun without much pressure. When we felt we really wanted to test out our team strats or wanting to play a little bit more serious, then we would get on ESEA (and sometimes Faceit because one of our members didn't renew his ESEA sub). Anyways, perhaps there are good points to the fade to black in MM. Maybe it'll reduce some of the flaming players get when strangers bitch about another player after the other player's plays didn't meet their expectations. I don't know about players (especially new players) spending almost half their time staring at a black screen after they die in-game every round... every game tho... Maybe it'll get a bit boring after a while?
2016-06-01 06:53
5 replies
Is u retard?
2016-06-01 07:21
1 reply
no, but hi retard :)
2016-06-01 07:41
Germany Bennime
Do you even know what a deathcam is lol you are still able to spectate. Deathcam is the Static camera After you die. (Befor you switch to speactate)
2016-06-01 07:40
2 replies
Sorry I must admit I haven't read through the whole text clearly, just the title. I remember back in 1.6 local LAN tournament, they had fade to black as in there is no spectating cams + disallowing the dead team members to speak after the fade to black occurs.
2016-06-01 07:46
1 reply
in the old time real f2b was used so you could not use a clipping bug while switching through teammates to gather information.
2016-06-01 13:47
At first i thought it was a new knife finish...Black Fade....hmm so sad :((
2016-06-01 06:57
-Banned all the cheaters and everything will be fine by now- KAPPA
2016-06-01 06:59
'tallica confirmed
2016-06-01 07:11
Israel selukvey
2016-06-01 07:14
3 replies
maybe you are new to cs, but valve never gives information about VAC updates.
2016-06-01 10:31
2 replies
Israel selukvey
Occasunal vacwaves doesnt do the job. They should keep it weekly or even daily. I played MM after a few months got 5 premade with a spinbot carrying them.
2016-06-01 11:06
1 reply
they do, but they dont let you know. and i haven seen a spinbot in my games since early 2013, i must be lucky.
2016-06-01 14:07
love it.
2016-06-01 07:15
when you die and you try to throw molotov, smoke , flash , nade ,etc . you throw yours and there is alsaw one more on the floor..fixpls
2016-06-01 07:16
Great update.
2016-06-01 07:28
Finland fr0zeNid
2016-06-01 08:29
Finland Wozzw
2016-06-01 08:47
can somebody post a video from the new Deathcam? what does that mean? (more aggressive when killed with a headsho) ?!
2016-06-01 08:59
3 replies
fades to black quicker when killed by a headshot normal: giant.gfycat.com/BlondGregariousGermansp.. headshot: gfycat.com/BaggyHarmfulCock
2016-06-01 10:21
More blur and faster fade to black when you get headshoted. So the game actually rewards you for hs now.
2016-06-01 10:25
1 reply
but awpers get fucked so that's kinda stupid
2016-06-01 13:14
nice title
2016-06-01 09:02
Bulgaria kr9ptonn
Added the CS:GO Collectible Pins Series 1 capsule offer that can be purchased in-game. SICK
2016-06-01 09:35
hats hats hats . just ignore the bunch of cheaters playing in csgo
2016-06-01 09:56
Austria gex0r
i always hated f2b back in the days
2016-06-01 09:59
Useless update. Still no movement fix. Still no tec9 nerf. Still no 57 nerf. Still no scout nerf. Gg.
2016-06-01 10:29
Great, here guys take some shiny objects and stfu about the current state of the game being infested with cheaters, I truly believe valve have lost their little phony war against cheaters, it's over. They don't give a fuck any more because they know they can't truly tackle it because they let it get so entrenched in pro and mm that if they were to stop cheating they would probably kill the game dead, gg valve go fuck yourselves.
2016-06-01 10:32
14 replies
To stop cheating you would need an AC that is very intrusive like ESEAs and even that doesn't catch all the cheaters. I can imagine the shitstorm if valve made VAC more intrusive, that would be some funny shit.
2016-06-01 10:40
11 replies
That's A lie. Keep telling yourself that is the only way.
2016-06-01 10:43
10 replies
What is a lie? Not even ESEAs super amazing best ever anti cheat can keep cheaters away. And you guys have blown the amount of cheaters way out of proportion. In reality there arent that many cheaters.
2016-06-01 11:37
9 replies
Another lie, stop replying to me.
2016-06-01 12:10
1 reply
So you are just a troll then. Got me good :/
2016-06-01 12:34
reddit.com/r/GlobalOffensive/comments/4l.. I'll just leave this here for your clueless self. You must be low ranked to say there "arent that many cheaters."
2016-06-01 13:14
6 replies
2016-06-01 13:33
So 8% of the players he played again in his last 54 games were banned.
2016-06-01 14:00
No. Im just not a sheep who follows every reddiy circlejerk.
2016-06-01 14:05
3 replies
You clearly aren't a high rank then. Until you rank up and experience the Hell that MM is going through right now, please shut up. I love it when people liek you tell themselves there isn't a viral cheating issue spreading through this game right now.
2016-06-02 12:17
2 replies
You clearly haven't played this game yourself. Since you are focusing on what the vocal minority experiences. Vocal minority being the players who say there is some huge cheating problem.
2016-06-02 15:58
1 reply
Seeing that I've been playing this game for two and a half years, who are you to tell me that I haven't played? The 'vocal minority' is a decent thousand amount of people that are higher ranked than you and are facing the worst cheating epidemic that CS:GO has ever faced in the entire span of it's lifetime. Really, I wish people like you would just shut the fuck up if they have no idea what they're talking about. Get fucking ranked higher, then talk like you have any idea about this cheater infestation.
2016-06-03 03:58
Milking CS:GO for as long as they can :)
2016-06-01 11:13
1 reply
2016-06-01 11:28
Ez last.
2016-06-01 10:53
I can`t fucking buy any capsules on menu, because there aren't any offers there for pin capsules. Fuck you Gaben, I lost all my faith.
2016-06-01 11:13
4 replies
2016-06-01 12:16
2 replies
I could buy only 1. Damn.
2016-06-03 01:25
1 reply
lucky u
2016-06-03 01:26
Czech Republic k9fEinW0W
+1 feels scammed man
2016-06-01 18:28
no skins bad patch
2016-06-01 11:44
Turkey ogmass
nothing about cheating. gj fat boy.
2016-06-01 11:57
Couldn't they have done this four years ago..?
2016-06-01 12:00
Algeria NS!
2016-06-01 12:01
Fade to black is so shit. Just bring some good updates.
2016-06-01 12:05
That dust2 pin looks pretty sick.
2016-06-01 12:14
United Kingdom rhyho
No more scams to do with pin sellers now.
2016-06-01 12:32
why no 128 tick yet ? :(
2016-06-01 12:37
ahahahah, rip pins seller :D:D hahah
2016-06-01 12:43
metallica blessings comes to exist
2016-06-01 12:51
Lol spent more that 50 keys
2016-06-01 13:19
hahaha GG those people who paid up to 70 euros for a pin :D
2016-06-01 14:09
and where is the fucking hitbox update?
2016-06-01 14:21
Switzerland Ha0
We can buy and sell Pins officialy its amazing no scammers now
2016-06-01 14:29
Ok this fade to black sht is annoying af.
2016-06-01 14:30
maybe next update they add master of puppets?
2016-06-01 14:41
still 50 fps on nuke. f*ck you gaben
2016-06-01 17:22
2016-06-01 18:07
1 reply
the only way I can reply to that without insulting you is - "use your brain and figure out why"
2016-06-01 19:33
2016-06-01 18:16
Pinz. <3
2016-06-01 23:57
when is Source2 update?...
2016-06-02 00:18
Nice Valve
2016-08-10 12:08
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