Valve has thrown shade on players grinding to earn a CS2 beta key, explaining on Twitter that they won’t be given access to the Limited Test product of the all-new Counter-Strike game simply by ‘idling on official matchmaking servers in CSGO.’
It was confirmed by the developer that the only playtime that counts when being considered for a CS2 beta key are the hours that you notched up before the Limited Test went live. At present, very few people outside of developers, content creators, professional players, and those with connections are getting access to the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test phase.
Stop Waiting, It Won’t Happen
There’s rampant confusion running wild as to the actual requirements that make one eligible to secure access to the Counter-Strike 2 Limited Test product. It was originally explained by Valve that:
Players are selected based on a number of factors deemed important by the Counter-Strike 2 development team, including (but not limited to) recent playtime on Valve official servers, trust factor, and Steam account standing.
But on Twitter, countless players have come forward to reveal their total completion of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, boasting thousands of hours in the game, and tens of thousands of dollars spent on the cases that reward players with in-game skins – some of which are worth exorbitant amounts of money.
And those same players still aren’t being granted access to the Limited Test product.
However, it’s a drip-fed thing, and Valve did explain that more players will be added to the platform over time. There’s no sense in overpopulating the early test phases of Counter-Strike 2, despite how many players are quite literally chomping at the bit to gain access.
So, according to Valve’s advice, if you want a CS2 beta key, you should sit back and stop queueing in CSGO – if you were eligible ahead of the Limited Test going live, you’ll likely get access eventually – so stop waiting around and grinding!