CS:GO Art Contest Offers $100K Prize for Killer Gun Skins

Valve has launched a CS:GO art contest titled "Dreams & Nightmares" with ten $100,000 prizes available for talented artists who create the best weapon finishes.

Published: July 21, 2021 1:53 PM /


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Valve has revealed the "Dreams & Nightmares" CS:GO Art Contest and there are some pretty killer prizes on the line: a total of 10 winners will get $100,000 each for designing a cool new weapon finish.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is still going strong thanks to regular releases of new content for its players to enjoy. While new gameplay content and maps occasionally come along, many players look forward to new cosmetics, too — and Valve is running a contest to design some new ones with a $1,000,000 prize pool.

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How the Dreams & Nightmares CS:GO Art Contest Works

The CS:GO art contest is pretty straightforward as far as these things go. Valve has selected a total of 17 possible weapons as candidates for new weapon finishes, but you're going to have to do a little more than draw a cool picture.

Valve isn't looking for concept art here; rather, it wants actual skins that can be put in the game. That means anyone participating in this contest is going to have to learn how to create a weapon finish from scratch just to enter. Once it's done, you can submit your creation; artists can submit as many entries as they like, and it's even possible to win multiple prizes if more than one of your entries is selected as a winner.

Unlike some similar contests, Valve won't require you to surrender the rights to your art. All Valve requires is a non-exclusive license for the artwork you've created for use in the game.

The Dreams & Nightmares CS:GO art contest begins on July 22, 2021, and runs until October 21, 2021. You can learn more about the contest on the game's official website. If you haven't yet tried this cool first-person shooter, you can play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for free on PC via Steam.

What do you think of the CS:GO art contest? What kind of weapon finish would you like to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below!

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