If you’ve never heard the term skins before, then you’ve
come to the right place. Skins are referred to as any digital object in a game
that changes the visual outlook of the player. The skins can be applied to
players themselves or most commonly to their weapons. In this article, we will
be focusing on skins used in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
This is one of most popular games for skin collecting. For those of you who
have never played or seen Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, it is a first-person
shooter game from Valve. First-person shooters are taking the players’ perspective,
so players are only able to see their weapons and hands. (Shown in Image Below).
The fact that you’re unable to see your player in full
view is what makes weapon skins so interesting. In general, these skins do not
enhance a player’s abilities, but are strictly there for aesthetic reasons. So,
consider skins to be like driving a bright yellow Ferrari meant to draw
attention on the player and show how “cool” they are. That’s why the more lavish
skins are often the most popular.
What Kind of Skins
In Global Offensive there are hundreds of skins from the
realistic military paint to the bright pink with skulls on it. Skins were first
created to provide a tactical advantage. This would work like military
camouflage, so you’d often see green for a deep forest or traditional black for
night level. Now, rather unusual skins are more common.
Valve originally didn’t think players would enjoy the
extremely colorful and bold skins, but they seem to be the most popular. The
guns have slowly gone from super realistic to more of paintball gun style with
bold shiny colors. The use of skins now can be compared to the feathers of a
peacock; they are meant to look appealing visually and draw a lot of attention
to the player.
The skins come in a number of different grades. This will
usually help decipher how rare the skin is, thus increasing its value. This is
the list of the grades from most common to rarest.
Consumer Grade (Common)
Industrial Grade (Uncommon)
Mil-Spec Grade (Rare)
Gold (Good luck getting one of these)
The skins not only come in different grades, but they
come in different quality levels as well. This is the list of quality levels
from no damage to most damage.
Factory New (Fresh Paint Job)
Minimal Wear (Well ya used it a couple times)
Field-Tested (Definitely a regularly used weapon)
Well-Worn (Alright well the paint job needs some work)
Battle-Scarred (Yeah you might want to repaint it)
The skin quality DOES NOT disappear with usage, which is
a common misconception among new collectors. You buy it at a specified quality
level and that’s the way it stays. The skin damage or wear usually adds to the
beauty of the weapon, depending on the design. It’s a matter of preference, but
usually the more warn a weapon is the more valuable it is.
Skins also have a 3rd form of categorization which
is Normal. These are the skins that can be rare, but not from specific
events.The StatTrak weapon allows for you to track how many enemies have been
killed with the weapon. This stat does not transfer over when sold on the
market, so don’t think you can lie about your kill count. Souvenirs come from
esports tournaments. These ones are usually in high demand and are very
valuable. We definitely suggest trying to get a few of these bad boys.
People on these sites value skins like real world
positions. So the value of the object will usually differ from player to player,
but the price always seems to rise for the favorite skins. Skins for the AK, M4s
and AWP are most valuable because they’re shown on high utility weapons. This
all contributes to an economy that fluctuates as different players value
different qualities within a single item. So the most used weapon with an
extremely unique skin are more valuable than a hardly ever used weapon with the
How to Talk the Talk
We wanted to go over some lingo you may come across when
betting for skins. PS or “Play Side” references the side of the knife/skin which
can be seen while in use. Essentially, this is the top of the blade or weapon.
Another term you might run into is BS. BS or “Back Side” refers to the other
side of the knife/skin which can usually be seen when inspecting. This is
commonly known as the flip side of the blade.
Another term you will commonly see when selling is “SS,”
or Screenshot. This indicates that the player selling the object will provide an
in game screen shot of the skin. We don’t recommend purchasing any items without
this screen shot.
Another term you might run into when it comes to
purchasing is mirrored. This means the knife has the same patterns on the play
side and the back side.
How to Get Skins
Skins are like dollars right? They must be earned in the
heat of battle with several hours invested into farming the game. Wrong! Players
can purchase skins from the Steam website or on websites like CSGOShop or my
personal favorite OPSkins. The OPSkins is my favorite due to the generous
discounts you can find.
But if you insist on doing it the old fashion way, you
can log on to the game and hope you can get a rare drop skin. Your chances of
this happening are roughly .5%. Yes, that is a half of a percent. These skins
only drop from crates at that percentage, making it easy to see why rare weapons
are so pricey.
All You Need Is a Skin and a Controller
So, by now I bet your wondering how people make money and
gamble with these skins. Skins are realistically worthless by nature, but can be
compared to a casino chip. They are value holders, so the opportunity to gamble
with skins allows for players to transfer income on esports. Some players do not
invest any initial income. They strictly play the game and let their virtual
winnings (Skins) ride. This can produce more cash or more skins.
The best skins are near impossible to find as stated
earlier. So a lot of players use the gambling ability of skins to get more
skins. Popular gambling options for skins include roulette, wagers on
professional matches, and stock market investing. I don’t prefer stock market
investing since skins prices can be manipulated and do not generate long term
value. Prices have been rather stagnant over the years.
So when we are talking about wagering with skins, the
most common way is roulette. This is extremely similar to what you traditionally
see at a casino. You can bet on red, black or green. When betting red/black,
each have a 48% chance to be correct. So normally this will pay out 2-1. This is
referred to as even money. For example, if you bet $10 and win, you’ll get $20
back in total ($10 from your original bet + $10 in profit. The numbers for red
are 1-7 and the numbers for black are 8-14.
The green is the one that pays the most, but has the
smallest odds to win. This is the longshot. Green is represented by the number
0. The green will usually pay 14 times your bet. So if you bet $10 you will win
$140. The strategies for roulette betting involve pattern watching. If you see
several red in a row, then you might bet black assuming it’s due to come up
next. This strategy is effective for few, but not many. This is because the
roulette wheel is completely random.
The screen shot below shows the average looking CSG:Go
Roulette wheel. The “rolling in” at the top is a countdown to place your bets.
The balance is the current amount of money you can use to wager with. The
increments below allow you to increase the bet by a certain percentage; you also
have the option to bet half or double. The stats provided on the right hand side
show the amount of games played, how many players are online, and how much money
has been won from players. A high percentage of players normally means that the
table is very active and giving good predictable wins.
A simple click of the Red/Green/Black square below will
place a bet of your selected denomination.
The next strategy people engage in is betting the same
color and increasing the bets on a loss. This is referred to in several gambling
strategies as a reverse progressive system. This involves doubling the amount
you just lost in order to win and make back the losses. So if you were to lose a
3rd time you would then double the 2nd bet. For example, lose a $10 bet then bet
$20 then bet$ 40 and so on until you win. This strategy could potentially work,
but you’d have to have a large enough bankroll to keep increasing your bet size.
The most common websites to bet on CSG:Go Roulette:
This is one of the higher end
betting sites. You get $1 dollar in free bets, but you must gamble at $20
This doesn’t offer a deposit match, but is
one of the more popular sites as far as traffic.
There are several different skin wagering opportunities,
but roulette is by far the most common.
esports Match Wagering
The less random and more predictable way to wager
on CSG:Go is by picking individual matches. This is taking a certain team to win
over another team. The reason this is a lot less random is because the odds are
not stacked against the player. Some CSG:Roulette websites do charge up to a 5%
on any winnings. So when wagering on CSG:Go the best wagering is the individual
Now in a standard match up of any betting there will be a
favorite and an underdog. The favorite is the one who will be most likely to win
the match. This is usually set by previous stats or skills the team has over
another team. The favorites usually do not pay as well as underdogs. Underdogs
are the teams that will most likely lose the match. This doesn’t always happen
though. Sometimes the underdogs do win and they usually offer much more enticing
So this leads to our next point which is how to determine
value or pick winners in matches. Now before you place any wager you must do
your research. The research I tend to lean towards is to examine team results in
previous matches. If a team always dominates another team, I am less likely to
bet against them unless it’s for a good reason. Let’s say Team A has won every
previous match against team B, but team A has not won a single match in the last
month. Team B is currently dominating every opponent, having won every match in
the last month.
This is a spot where we would gain value in betting on
team A. “Yes, team A is struggling, but they have never lost a match against
team B.” We noticed that team A usually performs well against team B, so
regardless of their cold streak, we are going to back them.
Let’s consider what would happen if we saw a match where
the teams are evenly matched. Both teams usually split matches, but one team is
clearly playing better going into the match. I will always choose the team in
good form in this type of situation.
Best of Matches
One of the best ways to determine a winner and increase
your chances of being able to show off your shiny new skins is by betting
lengthy matches. When I use the term lengthy matches, I mean Best of Series.
This usually involves teams playing several match ups. I favor these series
since luck is less likely to play a factor. More times than not, the more
talented team wins overall.
That why I always recommend betting on the top team for
series bets. To determine the top team, look at overall rankings. Again, talent
will have more impact than luck. I personally will always look for matches where
the public heavily favors one team. This will create hidden value in the series.
If you notice a ton of wagers coming in on the one team
you wanted to wager on, then I highly recommend checking to make sure betting on
said team still offers value.
Here are the top sites to find information about upcoming
events and wagers:
CSGONuts provides past results of teams, sometimes with more past results then
HLTV. I use this site particularly when it comes to double checking stats and
Understanding the Odds
The most common odds that you will see on betting
websites are the decimal based odds. So if I lose you, just make sure to grab a
calculator. Let’s say Team A has the odds at 2.11 and team B is at 1.81. Betting
on team A with a $10 wager will be $10 x 2.11 = $21.10. That will be your
return. Betting on team B with a $10 wager will be $10 x 1.81 = $18.10. That
will be your return. This includes your $10 initial bet.
So, which team would be the favorite in this situation?
The answer is Team B since they’re paying the lower odds at 1.81. If a team is
set at 1.81 odds this means they have an implied probability of 55%. In simple
terms this means they have a 55% chance of winning. Odds are adjusted according
to where bettors are placing the most money, because bookmakers are always
trying to balance the amount on each side.
By now you’re probably asking yourself, “How are the
probability odds calculated?”
Let me show you:
100 / probability odds = Decimal odds
Example: 100/55 = 1.81
This is how sites determined the odds on team B in our
Most sites offer fixed odds. This means once you place
your bet the odds cannot change. For example, let’s say you bet on a team at
5.00 and then word breaks out that the other team’s best player is unable to
make the match. This causes the odds to go down to 1.50. You will still have the
odds at 5.00 or 5/1, which puts you at a huge advantage. Some websites only
offer what is called active odds, which would be the reverse of fixed odds. So
if the line moves, your odds move with it. This is less desirable.
You may encounter a 1/2 odds in some individual matches
when betting skins. This is where you will be wagering one skin to win two. This
is usually a tactic to avoid direct gambling affiliation.
Selling the Skins
Now after some time you might notice your skin collection
is getting too large or you win some rare skins that you don’t care to hold on
to. You have the option to sell those skins. Get this process started by signing
into your steam account and loading your inventory. Once your inventory is
uploaded you will select your items and set a price. I recommend searching
through the website to see what your skin commonly goes for. Overprice a skin
and it will never sell; underprice a skin and you might get ripped off.
Loot market is one of my favorites
since it will do several giveaways, while also offering fair prices from
reputable sellers and buyers. I use this site to do a lot of price
comparison and see where the market is currently at for certain skin
This site comes with its fair share of pros and cons. The best part about
this site is the 10% bonus on every sale. You only earn 10% after you make
several skin sales valuing at $14,000 though. The immediate cash withdrawal
is another one of this site’s most appealing features, but the prices on
this site tend to be a tad high.
OPSkins is one of my favorite sites for browsing since they offer the wear
percentage on the immediate page and give solid suggestions on prices. I
have been able to find some pretty good deals on this site as a result.
They’re also one of the more trustworthy sites, since all sellers must be
verified and are subject to consumer reviews. OPSkins does take 10% from
every sale though. If you become a premium user the deduction is only 5%,
but you must be willing to pay $5.99 a month. I only recommend this if
you’re selling a large amount of skins.
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