CS:GO Stickers: The Most Expensive One
CS:GO is well known for its skin database. Today, rather than looking at the most expensive weapon skin, as we have previously, we are going to take a look at the most expensive CS:GO sticker.
CS:GO is well known for its weapon skin database, and the outlandish prices some of the items carry within the Steam community. Today, rather than looking at the most expensive weapon skin, as we have previously, we are going to take a look at the most expensive sticker in CS:GO.
How do stickers work in CS:GO
Stickers made their way into the CS:GO inventory in the form of a sticker capsule on February 5, 2014, and quickly became a loved addition by the community and some turned into digital gold. Stickers offer another way to customize your favorite weapon skins and differentiate yourself from others while representing your favorite team, player, or in-game artwork on your gun, sometimes in holo rarity or foil rarity, and often see limited time drops or tournament stickers for special events. Much like skins, some stickers come and go with different events, think souvenir skins. Well, the most expensive sticker in CS:GO is one that fits in these special categories due to a tournament, but that isn't where its story ends.
So, the question that has brought you here needs to be answered. What is the most expensive CS:GO sticker? Well, it's none other than the iBUYPOWER Holo from EMS Katowice 2014, priced at a whopping $12,660. This sticker reps the iBUYPOWER logo with Katowice 2014 underneath to memorialize the event. If you want to try your chances of pulling this bad boy rather than throwing 12 grand at it, you can try your luck with the EMS Katowice 2014 Challengers capsule, but those are very hard to find, and if you do find one, go for about $2,500.
While this sticker is cool looking and would pair well with a red or black skin loadout, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to this beauty, which results in its ridiculous price.
You may be wondering why an iBUYPOWER sticker would be valued so high since the team exited the event with a 13-16th place finish for EMS Katowice 2014. Well, fast-forward from EMS Katowice 2014 in March to CEVO Professional Season 5 in August, where iBUYPOWER take on NetCodeGuides.
Now, iBUYPOWER were clear favorites in this matchup according to previous data, but they would go on to lose the match 16 to 4. They were the clear favorites so much that members of the iBUYPOWER team betted on themselves to lose the match in order to profit off it — one player bet on nine accounts and made $1,193.14 off of each of them, coming to a total of $10,738.26. This decision led to the permanent ban from all future Valve-sponsored tournaments for seven people involved, six being players, and one being the owner of NetCodeGuides. No more cookies for these guys.
While the reasoning behind this sticker price being so high is unfortunate, that doesn't change the fact that history and storylines can create immense value. Almost all of the players involved in this scandal have moved on in their professional careers, some remaining to play in Counter-Strike where they are allowed, and others moving on to VALORANT to experience a new scene. There has been some discussion amongst the community as of late surrounding the ban and if an adequate amount of time has been served to warrant an unban by Valve Corporation. But, it doesn't seem at this point in time that the bans are going anywhere.