All around the world, countries are either selling or buying weapons. The wealthiest nations have an unlimited collection of powerful arms. Poor countries purchase less powerful or used military gear from their wealthier counterparts.
The online video game world works in nearly a similar fashion. Players need virtual weapons to subdue the enemy and complete missions successfully. But what if their weapons aren’t very powerful? They buy from those that have them or from the game developers.
Besides buying weapons, gamers can also purchase superficial items to decorate their weapons or their in-game characters. These ornamental items are called skins, and they are worth billions of dollars. Stick around to find out all about them, more so, CSGO skins.
What are CSGO Skins?
CSGO skins are virtual cosmetics applied to weapons in the multiplayer online game: Counter Strike: Global Offensive. They provide aesthetic appeal but do not enhance the weapon’s gameplay abilities. Players can acquire skins in some of these ways:
- Playing CSGO online:
Playing games is the easiest way to acquire skins. But there are some rules. You must play against fellow humans and not bots. You also need to play on official CSGO servers or community servers. What’s more, the servers must be Valve Anti-Cheat enabled. You can earn up to four skins weekly by playing CSGO.
- Doing Tasks for Skins
Similarly to how some websites pay you money to do simple tasks online, you can earn skins for watching short videos or installing apps. These offers come from independent websites known as offer walls. They don’t give out the most prestigious skins and you might have to work for days to accrue enough points to redeem for a cosmetic.
- Giveaways from CSGO Communities
Some video game streamers and YouTubers buy cheap skins and give them out to their fans for promotional reasons. Others use lottery-like systems to make gamers compete for cosmetics. Regardless, you can acquire skins by joining CSGO communities and participating in giveaways.
On the online gaming platform, Steam, you can trade skins you don’t to people who want them in exchange for other cosmetics. Steam doesn’t allow gamers to trade skins for real money. However, you can buy and sell your CSGO skins for PayPal cash on numerous websites out there.
Why Acquire CSGO Skins?
Last year, an avid CSGO fan purchased a tremendously rare virtual rifle for $61,000. It’s a gorgeous gun full of golden cosmetics and enhanced shooting abilities. But the price tag is ridiculous. Some people also purchase virtual houses or pay to have their in-game avatars dance. But why do it?
- To Stand Out
The number one reason people buy fancy skins is to stand out from the rest of gamers. It’s the same reason people purchase expensive clothes and jewelry. You could wear simple clothes and still feel comfortable. But having stylish outfits is more impressive.
- For Bragging Rights
Many gamers play in communities. Some of these communities value CSGO skins, and they accord more respect to players with the best skins. Due to that, a lot of players wouldn’t shy away from spending $100 to have the best looking guns and clothes for their avatars.
- For Business
CSGO skin trading is worth $5 billion according to analytical firm Statista. That means there are people who make lots of good money buying and selling these skins. The man who sold the $61,000 rifle we mentioned above, for instance, bought it for $35,000.
Of course, the price tag was probably inflated by virtue of the rifle being rare and having been signed by the famous eSports player, Skadoodle. However, it’s not unusual for gamers to buy skins cheap and sell them for profit.
- To Customize your Weaponry
Not everyone spends hundreds of dollars on skins to impress others. Some people do it to personalize their weaponry. Vanilla weapons never looked good, after all. Buying skins to beautify your arsenal is also a better reason to spend hundreds of dollars as opposed to doing it to please others.
Which Skins Should You Buy?
Although some skins costs thousands of dollars, others cost as little as ten cents. And no, these are not necessarily worthless items. You could get quality cosmetics for little money. It all depends on how rare they are. There are eight levels of CSGO rarity:
- Consumer Grade: white in color and pretty cheap. You can acquire them through drops as you play the game, trade for them or spend a couple of dollars to purchase them.
- Industrial Grade: light blue in color and relatively cheap.
- Mil–Spec Skins: also blue and regularly hidden inside weapon cases dropped as you play the game.
- Restricted: purple in color, prettier, more expensive and rarer to find. The costs between a few cents and $20.
- Classified: pink in color, challenging to find and expensive. More precisely, they average a few dollars and $100.
- Covert: red in color, very expensive and include the $61,000 Dragon Lore rifle we mentioned earlier. However, you can also find covert skins and weapons for $20, $100 or $1000.
- Contrabands: orange in color and extremely rare for a good reason. These are weapons once available for CSGO players but were removed for various reasons.
- Legendary: Gold in color and worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.
CSGO knife skins are categorized differently from rifles. Also, they have varying rarity levels, meaning you could spend a couple of dollars or hundreds of dollars on the most valuable skins. The Karambit skin, for instance, costs up to $400 when bought with multiple weapon cases.
CSGO skins allow players to express themselves, personalize their arsenal or hold bragging rights amongst their friends. Most skins are low-priced, so you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to acquire them. But if you want to get the rarest of skins, prepare to spend $500, $1000 or even $50,000. Fortunately, you could also sell your skins if you lose an interest in them later on.