Counter-Strike: Global Offensive - Everything you need to know about money

Dec 18 2019 5 min read

A detailed review of the CS:GO money system, how it works, and how to best use it.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the most famous shooting games in the world. Apart from having millions of players from all over the world, CS: GO is also one of the biggest esports nowadays. There are many big tournaments each month, with prize pools up to millions of dollars.

However, before you can even have a chance at competing in those tournaments, you need to learn how to play. One of the first aspects of CS: GO, apart from the fact that you need to learn how to aim, is how to work with money. Much like in real-life, cash is an essential aspect in CS: GO because it allows you to buy weapons and gear. Without proper money management, you will find yourself in a terrible situation. What's more, CS: GO is a team-based game, which also means that your team will suffer.

Having said that, let's take a look at everything you need to know about this precious reagent in CS: GO. 

Money Overview

Before we dive into how actually to gain money, you will notice that every single player starts with a specific amount of money in the beginning. This amount can range massively, depending on the server settings. In most cases, you will start at $800.  However, it is widespread to start at $16,000, especially when you're playing outside an official server. Regardless if you win or lose, you will be awarded a certain amount of money at the start of each round. Of course, if you win, you will get more than if you lose.

After the round starts and you open the buy menu, you might find that some things there are in greyish. This means that you currently don't have enough money to buy the desired item. That's why it is crucial to learn how to preserve and accumulate money so that you can buy whichever item you want.

How to earn money in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive


Unlike Counter-Strike 1.6 and below, making money in CS: GO is definitely easier because there are different bonus rewards for certain things such as killing an enemy with a particular weapon, planting the bomb, and so on. You can easily keep track of your money gain by carefully watching the HUD next to your health. 

Now what we cleared this out, let's take a look at the different methods to earn money:

  • Killing enemies - this is, without a doubt, the fastest and also the "coolest "way of making money. Every single kill on an enemy player will give you a $300 reward, regardless of the mode you're playing in. However, this number can drastically increase, depending on what weapon you use.
  • Hostage rescue - in the case where you're playing with hostages, you will gain $1000 for every hostage you save as a Counter-Terrorist. Also, you will get $300 just by picking up the hostage for the first time. The team that wins the round via elimination will receive anywhere from $3000 to $2000, depending on the mode. On the other hand, if they win via Hostage rescue, that number goes up to $3250.
  • Defusing the bomb - if the Counter-Terrorist teams manage to defuse the bomb when it's planned, each of them will receive $3500 at the beginning of the next round. On the other hand, if the bomb explodes, each terrorist will get $3500.

Money Penalties - when things go wrong


Apart from gaining money, there are certain things that you definitely need to avoid if you want not to lose money. The most obvious one has to be killing a team-mate, also known as a teamkill. This can happen in many ways, and it's always an awful thing because not only do you lose money, you also lose a team-mate, which means that you have a bigger chance of losing the round. Of course, let's not forget that you can even get kicked and/or banned from playing Ranked if you do a teamkill during a ranked game. In terms of money, you will lose $300 for every teamkill, regardless if you're a Terrorist or a Counter-Terrorist.

Apart from teamkills, you can also lose $30 for every damage point you inflict on a hostage. Although it might not seem as much, this number can quickly add up, so be careful what you're doing when there is a hostage around.

Lastly, if you are playing in a bomb-defusal scenario where you're the Terrorist, and the bomb is planted, you have to do all in your power to save it so that it can explode. If it gets defused while you're still alive, you won't get any money at the beginning of the next round.

Buying your favorite weapon

Apart from not allowing yourself to do actions that will lead you to lose money, there are a couple of things that you can do in order to save some cash:

  • Save money - this is a simple yet super effective method that always works. If you want to buy that AWP, don't rush and buy a big weapon because you won't have funds for the next round
  • Use certain weapons - not all guns are the same when it comes down to the money you get from kills. For example, if you kill someone with a Knife during a competitive game, you will get $1500.
  • Complete objectives - if you aim to get as much money as possible for the next round, one of the safest things you can do is to complete a goal. It doesn't matter if it's the bomb or hostages in your game, they have to be your number one priority.

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