How Live Betting is Affected By CSGO Economy

Toby Marshall
6 April 2022
How CSGO Live Betting is Affected By Economy

One thing that makes CSGO stand out from other eSports is its economy and system. As every round is played, players earn money that they can spend on goods such as utility, armour and better weapons.

When you win a round, you earn much more than when you lose – and every kill using different guns rewards a certain amount of money. This means that players sometimes even use weaker guns for bigger rewards – and sometimes deliberately put themselves in a losing position.

There is a lot to the economy of the game, so we will break it down and see exactly how it affects CSGO betting, especially live bets.

How the CSGO Economy Works

At first glance, the CSGO economy can seem complicated, but as soon as you get used to it, it gets easier to understand.

Firstly – each weapon, grenade and armour cost money. When you start playing, you just have one basic pistol plus $800. You then need to build up your money to buy better items. Every kill you land, you will be rewarded with money, which all depends on the gun. At the end of every round, each player is given a cash prize.

Your main income as a player will be the reward at the end of the round. You will earn more money for winning a round, but you get increased rewards if you lose rounds in succession. Here are the possible rewards available at the end of rounds:

Rewards for Winning Rounds

  • $3250 for killing all the enemies
  • $3250 for Counter-Terrorists is the time runs out
  • $3500 for defusing the bomb plus $300 to the player who defuses it
  • $3500 for a bomb exploding for the terrorist team

Rewards for Losing Rounds

  • $1400 for the first loss
  • $1900 for the second loss in a row
  • $2400 for the third loss in a row
  • $2900 for the fourth loss in a row
  • $3400 for the fifth loss in a row

The maximum bonus available for a loss is $3400, whilst the terrorists are rewarded $800 for every bomb they plant, whether or not they win the round.

After you receive your reward money, you can go and buy the items that will give you the best chance of winning. A full buy includes a rifle, armour and grenades and it can cost approximately $4400 for terrorists and $5100 for counter-terrorists.

As you only start out with $800, being able to afford a full buy will take a fair few rounds. This means that you will first have to go through other rounds to build your economy. Let’s have a look at what these are:

Different Types of Rounds in CSGO Economy

The Pistol Round 

This is the first round of each half… round 1 and round 16. You all start with $800, which means that your options are limited in terms of what you can buy and generally you would start off buying either utility or armour.

This is a very important round as it helps to kickstart the economy of the winning team. The winning team gets $3250 or more, whereas the losing team will only get around $1400. Normally, winning the pistol round will mean you win the first three rounds – as the losing team doesn’t have the same economic advantage.

The Eco and Anti-Eco Rounds

These two rounds go hand in hand. The eco round is where the team opts to save their money to build up their economy. This means that they will invest practically no money in the round. They will almost certainly lose the round, but they will have more money for future rounds.

Usually, an eco round is done by teams after they have lost rounds – often the second and third rounds if the team has lost the pistol round.

Meanwhile, anti-eco rounds are done by the winning teams, if they expect their opposition to go eco. The aim of the anti-eco round is to spend less money than normal but still win the round. So, for example, instead of buying rifles, you might buy a cheaper SMG. Although an SMG is weaker, it can still cause enough damage to destroy the opponent and give a little bit more money for each kill.

Force Buy Rounds

A force buy round is when the team can’t afford a full buy but they spend all of their money anyway to try and win the round. Normally, this would be done if a game is seesawing, or done to surprise your opponent.

It is normally terrorist sides that do this as their items are a little bit cheaper. The aim of the force buy is to try and break your opponent’s economy, which means that the winner of the force buy round will have enough money to buy again for the next round but the losing team will need to go eco.

Full Buy Rounds

A full buy is basically the standard round of CSGO. Both teams will have all that they need in terms of rifles, grenades and armour. This is what your team will work towards in the first couple of rounds. If they start losing, they then start working towards these again.

How Game Economy Affects Live Betting in CSGO 

So, now that you know something about the economy of CSGO and the different types of game rounds, this can be used to help your live betting strategy.

If you look at in-play odds, then you will see that they move around very often. Each time one team wins a round, their economy will improve, whilst their opponents’ will get worse – and the winning team gets closer to overall victory.

The easiest way to use your knowledge of the economy for CSGO live betting is by looking at winner lines for every map – particularly in the second half. Some of the rounds you need to focus on are the pistol round and round 4. As we stated earlier, a pistol round normally means at least three round wins and a great start to the team economy.

The fourth round in each half is also very important, as this is the first round where both teams will be able to afford a full buy. If the team manages to win all of the first four rounds then, economically they will be in a great spot. The other team will then probably have to go eco. On the other hand. If the team loses the first three but wins the fourth they will still be on shaky ground as they will probably have to face another full buy round again.

Another option is looking at props bets for the individual rounds. There are often betting markets and options for each specific round – and if you have a good understanding of the game’s economy, then you will be able to understand what team will have the advantage.

However, you also need to understand that in CSGO, anything can happen. Even the top teams in the world might have to resort to an eco round or force buy at certain times. Having a rifle against a pistol might be an advantage, but it doesn’t guarantee the win.

So, overall, when you bet on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in action, then make sure you keep the economy and different round types in your strategy. This will mean you will find it easier to predict the type of round coming and thus who will have the advantage.

Author Toby Marshall