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Skin-Betting and Online World Domination

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Though skins have been introduced four years ago, CS:GO skin betting is still a thing. Honestly, they’re conquering the online world one player at a time.

Background

In case you’re not a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player, skins are cosmetic designed for guns and knives. They were introduced in the Arms Deal update of the game last 2013, and are categorized according to exterior quality, grade quality, and function.

Exterior Quality

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When we talk about “exterior,” it obviously has something to do with the outer appearance. For CSGO skins, this means how fast or slow the skin will wear and tear.

Here’s the order of quality from highest quality to lowest:

  • Factory New
  • Minimal Wear
  • Field-Tested
  • Well-Worn
  • Battle-Scarred
Grade Quality

Skins can also be grouped according to how rare they are. The rarer a skin is, the more valuable it is. Here’s the order from highest to lowest:

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  • Gold (Extremely Rare)
  • Covert (Ancient)
  • Classified (Legendary)
  • Restricted (Mythical)
  • Mil-Spec (Rare)
  • Industrial (Uncommon
  • Consumer (Common)
Function

Finally, skins can also be categorized based on their characteristics or functions.

  • Normal – These skins don’t have anything special in them at all. I guess that’s why they’re called normal.
  • Stat-Trak – These ones feature a tiny LED display that shows the kill counter. This counter counts how many people has been killed by the weapon.
  • Souvenir – Though special, they function the same way as their regular counterparts. They are extremely rare, however, which means they’re too precious. They can also be obtained from souvenir packages, which are only dropped during Valve-sponsored CSGO tournament games. You could purchase souvenir skins too, but let me warn you, they are expensive.

Getting Skins

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There are various ways you can obtain a skin. You could trade skins with another player, purchase them from the Steam Marketplace, get them for free, or acquire them from random drops in a CSGO game. Cases also contain skins with different rarities, but you’ll need to buy its matching key worth USD 2.49 from the marketplace in order to open the case. By far, the most popular way you could get skins is to exchange them with another player using the trade up contract.