Mapcore is now holding a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Mapping Contest for original 5v5 bomb defusal maps AND hostage-rescue maps, powered by FACEIT!
Mapcore's Veteran Judges will be joined by CS:GO Guest Experts on CS maps, such as
Pimp, Moses, The WarOwl, LAUNDERS, adreN, DDK, James Bardolph, and Anders Blume!
How to Enter the Exotic Places Mapping Contest
Post a "Work In Progress" thread in Mapcore’s Official Event Forum!
When you're ready, update your WIP thread with a link to your playable map's Steam Workshop page.
Your thread + playable map constitutes your entry to this contest!
Your playable map must be entered by February 1, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Pimp -- @Pimp_CSGO
adreN -- @adreN_Hoag
Anders Blume -- @OnFireAnders
James Bardolph -- @jamesbardolph
Daniel "DDK" Kapadia -- @ddkesports
Jason "Moses" O'Toole -- @OnFireMoses
WarOwl -- @TheWarOwl
Launders -- @launders
Mapcore will announce Contest Finalists on February 10, 2020
To determine 10 Finalist maps, Mapcore Judges will rate Contest maps according to the following 100 point criteria, with any ties broken by our Guest Experts:
25 points: Fun Factor (how well-designed is the map)
25 points: Originality + Relevance to the "Exotic Places" Theme (Exotic meaning it's normal definition as well as "locations seen infrequently in CS:GO")
25 points: Visual Presentation (how aesthetically pleasing and sophisticated is the map)
25 points: Overall Polish (bug-free maps; maps with Soundscapes; maps which run smoothly; other determinations relating to quality)
Finalist mappers will then have one month to make changes based on community feedback.
Top 4 Contest maps and the Grand Prize Winner will be declared on March 16, 2020
After March 10, 2020 Mapcore Judges and Guest Experts will rate every finalist map according to the same 100 point criteria above (Fun Factor, Originality/Thematic Presentation, Visuals, Overall Polish), with any ties broken by Guest Judge Anders Blume.
Mapcore will then declare the Top 4 Contest maps and our Grand Prize Winner!
Top 4 Contest Maps receive:
Eternal Bragging Rights
A Spotlight on Mapcore (linking to each epic WIP thread)
A Monetary Prize ($7,500 for First place; $4,500 for Second place; $2,000 for Third place; $1,000 for Fourth place)
Map added to Mapcore’s FACEIT HUB platform for 4 months!
Special Valve prizes! (CS:GO/Valve merchandise, courtesy of Valve Software)
Entry into this Contest is free of charge for all.
Your entry must be a playable map for the PC version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Remakes (maps of the same name and design of an existing map released for public download), sequels (e.g. de_dust3), and spiritual successors (new name for an old design layout) can NOT be entered.
Maps that were under creation prior to the announcement of this Contest can be entered, as long as a complete map version (layout and any non-greybox art) was not released for public download.
Map entries must be submitted to the CS:GO Steam Workshop AND our Mapcore Contest sub-forum before the deadline.
Map authors are free to share their map on any other websites or services they wish, however the map must remain free to download.
Multiple map entries are permitted, however each entry will be judged for its own particular quality.
Map entries created by teams are permitted, however entrants will have to agree how to split any prizes awarded prior to prize claim and dispatch.
Mapcore encourages entrants NOT to update your Workshop map after the deadline. Entries will not be disqualified if updated, but entrants assume the risk of introducing bugs/glitches into their work. Judges will not be asked to overlook such bugs/glitches, so we recommend "finalizing" a polished version of your project before the deadline in order to “put your best foot forward”.
Mapcore forum rules must be obeyed.
All custom textures, models, etc. must be embedded into the map's .bsp file (FREE TUTORIAL AND TOOL). Assets must also comply with Steam Workshop guidelines.
Map authors must be able to accept cash payments. Winners of hardware or physical products will be required to provide a valid shipping address.
Judges, Experts, and individuals associated with organizing this contest CANNOT enter, nor provide material assistance to map entrants.
If a Finalist entry is disqualified due to violation of ANY of these rules, all applicable winnings will be directed to the next highest-rated map.
Void where prohibited.
1. Participant eligibility: This Contest is open to any individual, or teams of individuals, provided they comply with the following:
Participants must not be an Employee or Official Staff Member of the “Organizer” (Mapcore) or “Sponsors” (FACEIT).
Participants must not have taken part in the judging, or official announcement of this Contest.
Participants must not be a direct relative, spouse, or direct employee of any of the above.
If a Contest Judge has previously published a CS:GO level with a participant, that Judge will be fully disqualified from scoring any entry by that person. In place of the disqualified Judge's score, the entire panel of Guest Judges will be asked to rate the entry, and their rating will then be averaged.
2. Legal Age: This Contest is open to any individuals who meet the above “participant eligibility” criteria. In the event that a participant who has not reached the legal age in his/her state wins one or more prizes, he/she must provide contact details for the legal guardian who will claim the prize(s).
FACEIT will be providing Prize revenue. Mapcore assumes no responsibility.
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And to our INCREDIBLE Sponsor:
The new radar is much better than the old one, thanks for that! The clipping is also a lot better.
Performance is good all around for me, with the only significant fps drop being on B site looking towards mid.
I like the change of the building on B so it can no longer be looked over by CTs.
I am looking forward to testing the map and seeing how it plays in the coming weeks!