Nerfing guns and banning trades.
With the introduction skins a real economy appeared in CS: GO. Weapon skins have become a kind of currency that can be sold, saved or exchanged. As in any economy, in CS: GO occasionally there was a fall in the rate of a particular currency. In our case, a decrease in the price of a skin on the Marketplace.
Sports.ru recalled 4 cases when there were economic failures in CS: GO, and certain skins became much cheaper. The owners of these guns lost a lot of money during the crisis.
To convert skins into real money, you need to sell them using special sites or directly to the buyer. Since not everyone wants to understand such complexities, many simply sell guns directly on the Steam marketplace, after which funds can be spent on new games.
Because of this, during each major sale in Steam, the skins decrease slightly in price, since the supply significantly exceeds the demand. Many skin experts advise buying weapons just during discounts on games, because at this time you can snatch the desired gun a little cheaper.
This is how the AK-47 Kolymaga price chart looked like. The cost of the weapon fell from about 390 to 330 rubles. Not much, but enough to change the entire Steam market. A similar price drop has happened with all popular skins.
In September 2015, Valve killed the popular M4A1-S rifle, reducing its rate of fire and armor penetration and increasing its bullet spread. Most players immediately switched to the M4A4, which made the silenced version of the rifle extremely unpopular.
Before the nerf, Cyrex was one of the coolest skins for the M4A1-S. A couple of months after the weakening of the weapon, its cost dropped by 2 times.
After the field tests, the price of the “Speedy Beast” dropped even more – almost 3 times.
Even Emka’s subsequent improvements with a silencer did not return the weapon to its past popularity, and its high cost did not return to its skins.
Valve’s fight against gambling sites / 7-day ban
Since the introduction of skins, Valve has been against using items from CS: GOlike real currency. The developers’ struggle with third-party sites took place in several stages, each of which slightly influenced the cost of popular skins.
In July 2016, Valve sent emails to all popular betting sites skins… In them, the company prohibited resource owners from using the Steam API in any gambling activity. After a while, several popular betting sites closed: CSGO Double, CSGO Wild and CSGO Rumble. Skins also dropped in price for a while.
Also, the economy in CS: GO was affected by the introduction of a 7-day ban on the transfer of skins. This system appeared in 2018 and forbade players to transfer one weapon more than once a week. Because of this, almost all of the remaining skin betting sites stopped working.
Nerf AUG and SG 553
Valve improved the characteristics of the AUG and SG 553 at the end of 2018, after which these guns infuriated all fans of classic weapons without a scope for a whole year. Valve was hesitant to nerf weapons for a long time, but after a ton of criticism from players, they still took up fixes.
AUG was the first to suffer. In June 2019, it was significantly weakened, and prices fell by more than two times. And this is just a few months. This is how the sales schedule for the Sid Mid skin looked.
In April 2020, Valve made it to Krieg. This time, the price of skins dropped even faster. The cost of a slightly worn SG 553 “Pulse” dropped by 2 times in just 2 months.
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