How to play custom Workshop maps in CS2

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Inferno map in Counter-Strike 2.

CS2 has been Valve’s biggest shooter on PC from the get-go and also allows you to experience more than just the regular modes. If you’re looking to play custom Workshop maps in CS2, here’s how you can do so.

The upgrade to Source 2 was eagerly awaited by the Counter-Strike community, with Valve opting to release CS2 along with the game engine switch. Valve’s biggest FPS brought plenty of changes to the franchise, but the core gameplay still remains the same.

These changes include overhauls for popular maps like the Overpass and minor tweaks for plenty of other maps. However, the option to dive into custom maps wasn’t available when CS2 was released, with Valve adding the feature in the November 2 update.

So, if you’re wondering how to start playing custom Workshop maps in CS2, here’s all you need to know.

CS2 players with an M4A1-S on Inferno.
Counter-Strike 2 is the sequel to CS:GO.

What are custom Workshop maps in CS2?

In CS2, custom Workshop maps are levels designed by players using the game’s level editor. They are one of the most popular types of user-generated content in the CS franchise and can range from competitive-style maps that mimic the style and rules of official maps, to completely unique creations with new game modes, themes, and rules.

The Steam Workshop is a platform provided by Valve Corporation, the developers of Counter-Strike, that allows players to share and download user-created content. It’s a hub for community creativity, where players can create, upload, and share their custom content with others around the world.

Custom Workshop maps allow players to experience Counter-Strike 2 in new and unique ways. They can offer fresh challenges, as players won’t be familiar with the map layout or hiding spots.

How to play custom Workshop maps in CS2

Custom Maps displayed in Counter-Strike 2 after you subscribe to them from Steam Workshop
Some of the most popular custom maps in CS2’s Workshop are aim trainers.

In the November 2 update for Counter-Strike 2, Valve introduced the Steam Workshop where users from around the world can create custom maps for you to enjoy with friends on community servers.

Follow these steps to launch custom workshop maps in Counter-Strike 2:

  1. Open Counter-Strike 2 and go to the ‘Play’ menu.
  2. Then, click on the Steam Workshop icon (it looks like a Globe icon).
  3. The Steam Workshop will open, where you can subscribe to all the community custom maps.
  4. Once subscribed, you can return to CS2, and in the Workshop maps tab, you’ll have all the custom maps you have subscribed to.
  5. Finally, you can create a lobby and play CS2 custom maps with your friends.

Can you play CS:GO custom Workshop maps in CS2?

You can’t play CS:GO custom Workshop maps in CS2. CS2’s Workshop has just over 1,400 maps and the number is still growing, with many map developers porting the maps into CS2 that were originally made for CS:GO.

If you’re unable to find your favorite custom map in the Workshop right now, it’s possible that it’ll be added in the next few weeks. Keep in mind that custom maps were made accessible in CS2 on November 2, so it’s still a bit early for all the maps to make their way into the latest title.

That’s all you need to know about how to play custom maps in CS2. For more on the game, take a look at our other Counter-Strike 2 guides:

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