We all know about CSGO skins and their potential worth. However, I still see questions about the whole process of acquiring new skins. Especially new players often want to know how to get new CSGO skins or how to get CSGO skins fast. In this article, I will cover all the necessary information on how to get skins in CSGO. But let’s start, obviously, from the beginning.
What are CSGO skins and how do you get them?
CSGO skins are textures applied on already existing weapons. To uphold the skill-centered competitive nature of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, weapon skins do not offer any differences in stats – all weapons with skins are exactly the same performance-wise as their vanilla counterparts. The only difference is in looks as well as some other small usabilities that do not impact the flow of the game nonetheless.
CSGO skins come in different rarities and variations. When it comes to rarities, there are 6 grades, from very common to extremely rare. All grades have a color attached to them. You can see the whole table of rarities here. The most important aspect of rarity is its impact on price. After all, it is natural for people to crave for exclusive goods and some skins can fulfill that craving. It is safe to assume that in most cases, the price of the skin is closely related to how many cases you need to open on average to get that particular skin in that particular version. Taking into considerations that keys always cost at least $1 the price naturally rises.
Another skin feature is exterior quality. Most skins come in 5 levels of wear and tear that is reflected upon the skin, and depending on the level of weariness the price also changes with factory new (no damage at all) being usually the most expensive.
When it comes variations, there are different versions of skins other than what we already covered. For example, there are StatTrak skins that come with the ability to track frags with that particular weapon. Moreover, there are souvenir skins. These skins can be acquired only during CSGO Majors and come with a set of unique stickers connected with that particular tournament. Souvenir skins can, in rare cases, achieve exorbitant prices. Needless to say, the most expensive skin ever bought was a Souvenir AWP | Dragon Lore that was sold for over $60,000. Now, that’s a lot of money for a game texture.
The easiest and most organic way of obtaining new skins is just to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. You can play on community servers so you aren’t limited to just official servers and competitive games. However, there is a twist – the server has to be VAC enabled (Valve Anti-Cheat) in order for it to grant any drops. You also have to play with at least one other player.
You can get at most 4 drops per week. One of the drops will be for the level up. Three remaining are given randomly while you play and are usually in forms of cases. To open a case and see what skin is inside, you will have to buy a key. In theory, you are more likely to get a case drop while playing the competitive mode, but that wasn’t really hard proved by anyone. As far as the official story goes and what we all know for sure – you just have to play the game to have a chance for weekly drops.
The biggest positive of this method is that you basically get skins for free. However, don’t be too happy. Most of the drops are cases to which you’ll have to buy a key if you want to open them. Moreover, even though you can theoretically receive a very rare and valuable skin the chances for that are quite low. Additionally. this method is very slow compared to other methods we’ll about to cover. So, how to get good skins in CSGO? Luckily, there are options to do exactly that.
If you want to get new, rare skins the best and fastest way is to buy them. There are dozens of different markets and CSGO trading services and before we go through them in detail, I’d like to give you some general tips when it comes to buying skins.
First of all, always check the price of skin in different places and through different tools. Each tool evaluates skins a bit differently and finding an average between all the prices may give you a more complete view of the price you are willing to pay. Moreover, always check the historical data – they will show you the trend. In case of a stable downward trend, you may want to wait a bit before buying, because there’s a big chance that the skin you want will be even cheaper in two weeks time.
Moreover, try to cease all trading activity a week or two after a new collection drops. The prices always need time to stabilize after big updates and it would be a shame to pay too much just because you’re in a rush.
The last universal tip I can offer is to always check the stickers, especially on the souvenir skins. In some cases, a very unique set of stickers can raise the price of a skin tenfold.
If you don’t mind putting some fund into skin trading a much more efficient way of obtaining new skins is to but them directly from other users through Community Market listings. To buy an item listed at the Community Market you’ll have to log in to your Steam Account through the web browser or Steam application, go into Community - Market. Now choose the title you want to see the skins for and fish for the best and most lucrative offer. Of course, there are dozens of thousands of listed items, so it is advisable to use the advanced search filter.
However, there are three possible issues with Community Market trading. First is that you have to have funds in your Steam Wallet and once you transfer the money into the Steam Wallet it will remain in the system – you can never pay it out. If you’re uncomfortable in sending money to Steam Wallet, you may want to get some funds by selling your dropped skins first, but it may take a while. Secondly, as of 2019 people are quite skilled in trading and knowledgable about the prices. Thus, it may be impossible to attain skins for bargain prices. All you can really do is to observe the market for certain skins and buy them on their lows. The last thing is, you will have to fulfill Valve’s expectations, which are quite high, to be allowed to trade at the Community Market. Your account can’t be too new, you can’t have any recently authorized device or web browser and you have to have the Steam Guard enabled. This is just a short list of numerous requirements you have to fulfill. Check out our post on Steam Trade and Market restrictions to learn more about them.
The last reliable method is to go through listings on the outside, third-party markets, and trading websites. You will also need some funds but luckily the prices at such markets are usually much lower than at the Steam Community Market. There are also fewer restrictions. However, the downside is that you have to be much more attentive as there is a number of websites and people that would really like to scam you out of your skins. The list of potential methods that scammers may try to apply is quite long but melts down to a single point – always double-check every element of the transaction. If something feels funky, don’t proceed with the trade. Whenever you trade directly with the marketplace, there will be bots employed. There are some scams based on copycatting legit bots and sending fake offers. Always be sure to check which bot is the real one and which is a scam bot.
Another way to gain a number of rare and expensive skins is to gamble for them. There is quite a big number of sites that let you gamble with CSGO skins in many different ways. First of all, because gambling with CSGO skins is technically illegal, there are websites that take your skins into deposit and exchange them to their value in in-store credit. Then, you can take part in games of your choice, like roulette, blackjack, slots or even simple games like coin toss using the credit you received from your skins. When you win gather a suitable amount of credit, you can exchange it for one of the skins available in the website’s offer. However, as with any gambling, you have to remember about risks involved. In worst case scenario, you lose your skins without gaining anything in return. In best case, you win a lot of in-store credit and buy yourself a very rare skin, but the probability of that is quite small. Moreover, many of the more sketchy gambling sites track your Web API key to send you a scam offers. You can read more about it here.
You can, however, the only safe way is the random drops you receive while playing Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. There are websites that offer free skins as a reward for actions or “tasks”, such as filling out a survey, giving your email away to a third party site or installing a mobile app. All of this is very time-consuming, rewards are acceptable at best and, due to some sites the sites being not so straightforward and legit, your steam credentials and other personal data may be endangered. The way we see it, it would be better to just play the game for the skins you want.
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