Have you been playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and decided it is time to set up your own server? Most modern games nowadays rely on a constant internet connection to be fully functional or at least, to offer unique gameplay and better updates. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is no exception. While offline gameplay is possible, the online version delivers more competitive and exciting action. Not to mention the persistent cheaters and trash talk that could harm your gaming experience. It allows you to have better control over your connection and you can personally choose the best hosting service. If you are looking for a reliable server, check out our VPS hosting plan that offers great uptime for an affordable price, and provides great customer support.
Why Should I Have My Own CS:GO Server?
Updated Wednesday, October 7, , by Sam Mauldin. Please refer to the updated version of this guide. Hosting your own server gives you full control over your game and game modes, so you can play the exact flavor of CS:GO you want. This guide contains instructions on how to download the dedicated server and launch the game server. A game server token is required to host a public CS:GO server. Without the token, client connections are restricted to the LAN only. Replace a firewall rule to slightly extend the port range available to the game. This command assumes that you have only the iptables rules in place from the SteamCMD guide:. This can take some time.
Before You Begin
Able to run as a console game on Windows, MacOSX, and most recently, Linux, Counter-Strike:GO is a first-person shooter that features brand new maps, characters, and game modes alongside with classic Counter-Strike content. This game is notable for the fact that it allows players to host their own servers, resulting in a high degree of possible gameplay through the ability to introduce individual customization. If you are interested in setting up your CentOS 7 server to run Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, this guide will show you the necessary steps. In this tutorial, a new user will also be created specifically for running the game. Before we can progress to the actual installation and setup process of Counter-Strike:GO for your server, it is good practice to ensure that you have the latest information from the Linux package repository concerning available packages and package versions. Using the default package manager, yum, we can fetch this information first with the command update, before then upgrading the available packages. Make sure your system is up to date by executing these two commands as root to update the information and then upgrade required packages. If you are not the root user, but your current user has superuser privileges, precede both of the following commands and all further root commands with the additional command sudo to execute it as root. You may be prompted for the root password when using sudo. In order to be able to access Steam as well as complete the rest of the tutorial, you will need to install the following prerequisite libraries and packages using yum, this time with the install command:.
If you create your own server, you will be able to:. Most Internet service providers offer decent download quality but not so good for uploads. The server is laggy, jittery, and offers an inconsistent gameplay experience. While most cloud services let you host Windows as the operating system, this is not ideal either. Windows consumes a lot of RAM that you could be using to host your game instead. This leads to increased cost. You also have to pay for a per-hour license, which increases the cost even more. And last but not least, the steps to configure the game server srcds daemon itself are pretty much the same on Windows and Linux. CS:GO game servers are not very demanding, so virtual private servers will do just fine no need for dedicated. The minimum requirements:.