Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a simple game on the face of it, but the game’s social media team has concocted a very hidden message for the community.
CSGO fans have discovered a hidden message in the new Twitter banner of the game’s official account. Under the simple phrase Counter-Strike, Valve has hidden a message that could refer to a future Source 2 port. mean should he take it seriously?
The banner image was modified on September 29, 2022, but it does not look special with the naked eye. It’s a navy blue background with “Counter-Strike”. written in orange text. Most fans saw the change and moved on, though previous banner changes predated major events, including the addition of the Danger Zone game mode.
However, CSGO conspiracy theorists were quick to notice that the simple name Counter-Strike corresponds to a rumored name change of the global offensive. The coincidence prompted more digging, and CSGO fans soon found something they were definitely not prepared for. By adjusting the exposure and offset of the image, the banner turns into something much more exciting.
CSGO Twitter banner contains a secret message
By modifying the image used as the official CSGO Twitter banner, fans managed to find a hidden message in plain sight. The post promises that it’s not a hint towards something crazy like Source 2, but fans aren’t sure whether to take it seriously or not.
It’s unclear who discovered it first, but one of the first reports came from an established CSGO influencer. Aquarius. They released the edited version above on September 30.
Gabe Follower, another CSGO hypebeast, also noticed that the letters in the banner sentences totaled 14 on the top row and 28 on the bottom row. Plunging the latter into the former results in two, the exact same number used in Source 2. This is a far-fetched theory and probably presented as a joke, but it would explain the awkward period after Counter-Strike in the banner.
As for how seriously fans should take this, it’s definitely a sneaky move by Valve that took some work and coordination to pull off. Perhaps the social media team expected it to take longer to find. The fact that Valve itself may be referring to a Source 2 version of CSGO is a pleasant surprise, but it’s also far from conclusive. If the developer is working on a Source 2 port, it could be a sign that things are close.