Counter-Strikes first option is a feature called “Official Matchmaking.” This selects a Steam-owned server near you where you can play against players from all over the world. It can be entertaining because there are so many different enemy skill levels and play styles to choose from. You, on the other hand, have no influence over who joins the server or what rules and settings are in place. When you want to organise matches based on your preferences or host private games where you only play against your pals, this is an issue. The solution to this problem is to set up your own Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dedicated server. Apart from that, having your own location where you can relax and have fun is also a feasible business option.
With hundreds of thousands of active players, there are bound to be a few who want their own server, which you can either build for them and rent, or simply host their matches. As there is unlimited potential, you will definitely find other methods to monetize it.
In this article, I’ll show you how to setup a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive server on Centos/RHEL based systems.
Before we begin, let’s double-check that the system is up to date. In addition, we’ll create a new server user. Always use a strong password. It is recommended to follow this guide using the root account. Otherwise, you will need to sudo the relevant commands.
# yum update # yum upgrade -y # adduser csgo # passwd csgo
Open the necessary firewall ports.
# firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=27015/tcp --permanent # firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=27015/udp --permanent # firewall-cmd –reload
To run SteamCMD, you’ll need to install the necessary libraries.
# yum install glibc.i686 libstdc++.i686 -y
Switch to the new user you just created.
# su csgo $ cd ~
Download the SteamCMD software.
$ wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steamcmd_linux.tar.gz $ tar xf steamcmd_linux.tar.gz
We must now use SteamCMD to install the server files. Use the following options
./steamcmd.sh login anonymous force_install_dir ./csgo app_update 740 validate
Simply type quit and press enter when it says “Success! App ‘740’ fully installed“.
Your server is now ready for launch.
Configuring your server
The file server.cfg is used to customise the server.
$ vim ~/csgo/csgo/cfg/server.cfg
Copy and paste the following into server.cfg, replacing ServerName and RconPassword with your own values.
hostname "ServerName" rcon_password RconPassword
Updating your server
To update your server, use the script below.
First, create the file update_csgo.txt.
$ vim /home/csgo/update_csgo.txt
Then fill it in with the following information:
login anonymous force_install_dir ./csgo app_update 740 quit
All you have to do to upgrade your server is run the following command
$ ./steamcmd.sh +runscript update_csgo.txt
Running your server
Run your server by going to the following folder.
$ cd /home/csgo/csgo/ $ screen -dmS csgo ./srcds_run -game csgo -console -port 27015 +game_type 0 +game_mode 1 +mapgroup mg_bomb +map de_dust2 -autoupdate
The server has now been switched to background mode.
Run the following command to shut down the server:
$ screen -S csgo -X quit
Have fun with your new CS:GO server!
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