What is CS:GO Prime Status? – And Why Do You Need It?
CS:GO Prime Status is an underrated feature, which many players take for granted. We’re going to show you what it is, and why having a CS:GO Prime account is so beneficial.
What Is Prime Status?
In CS:GO, Prime Status gives players a set of benefits in matchmaking. Perhaps the most immediately noticeable is the Prime-exclusive item drops in-game. After each match, players with CS:GO Prime accounts have a chance to receive a random drop. This can be anything from cases to weapon skins. There have even been exclusive skins unable to buy on the marketplace, available only to Prime players!
Non-Prime players also don’t have access to ranked matchmaking. Imagine – you’ve picked your favorite crosshair, you’ve adjusted your CS:GO rates – you’re ready to conquer matchmaking with your friends. But you can’t, because you don’t have CS:GO Prime. If you want to begin your climb to Global Elite, getting Prime Status is the first step on a long journey.
Once you’ve got a CS:GO Prime account, the real benefit is the lack of cheaters. Ultimately, there aren’t many people out there that want to spend the money for a Prime account, only for it to be banned days later for cheating. Especially if it’s a pattern of behavior and not a one-off occasion. There’s no way to avoid cheaters entirely – you’ll still meet wallhackers and aim botters in matchmaking, but Prime Status hugely reduces the amount you’ll encounter. It’s one of the negatives of CS:GO going free-to-play. While it made CS:GO more accessible to a wider audience, it also lowered the barrier to entry for cheaters, too.
And CS:GO is now free to play! More information about the differences between non-Prime and Prime can be found here: https://t.co/OkFBi6jP3c
— CS:GO (@CSGO) December 6, 2018
If your friend has Prime Status but you don’t, fear not. You’ll still be able to play with them in unranked matches. However, you’ll be matched exclusively with other players who don’t have Prime, so ensure your friend is aware.
How To Get Prime Status
Having Prime Status isn’t necessary to learn how to get good at CS:GO, and it’s pretty easy to get. CS:GO Prime accounts are mostly comprised of players who purchased the game prior to it going free-to-play in December 2018. If you purchased the game, you received an automatic upgrade to Prime Status.
For newer players, you can still get a CS:GO Prime account. The only way now is to buy Prime Status on Steam for $14.99. This price has remained consistent since the transition, as a reduction would result in more cheaters. It should be noted that to have Prime Status, a valid phone number must also be linked to your Steam account. Players used to be able to get Prime Status by reaching level 21, although this was removed in 2021 due to it not stopping cheaters as intended.
Some players look for CS:GO Prime accounts for sale online, but we wouldn’t recommend doing this. This is usually used by cheaters to circumvent the phone number requirement, so they’re able to cheat in competitive CS:GO.
While owning a CS:GO Prime account probably won’t help you become a CS:GO esports guru, it should still help your performance. You’ll notice that the general standard of player goes up in Prime matchmaking, and as a result, you should have a better time with the game.