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We have two tags right now:

Counter Strike 2 is actually the new name/replacement of Counter Strike: Global Offensive (i.e. Steam does not have "Counter Strike: Global Offensive" as a game anymore, it has been renamed to "Counter Strike 2" as of September 27th, 2023).

Should we merge the questions tagged as into ?

I don't know how much has actually changed between the two "versions" of the game, but CS:GO is no longer officially playable as far as I can tell. I also don't know if older (any?) CS:GO questions can be applied to the "replacement" game.

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No, I think we shouldn't merge those two tags. Some CS:GO questions may not apply or make sense for CS2 anymore. And according to Wikipedia’s CS:GO article and Steam Support's "Legacy CS:GO Version" article, CS:GO players can still access community servers, and a legacy version of CS:GO was released later for outdated devices and platforms that cannot run CS2. Basically, CS:GO will continue to exist independently of CS2.

Official matchmaking for Global Offensive was shut down that day, though players were still able to connect to community servers. A legacy version of Global Offensive was later released for outdated devices and platforms unable to run Counter-Strike 2, though matchmaking was still disabled. Additionally, the game remains playable on Xbox 360.

- Wikipedia’s CS:GO article

If you are unable to launch Counter-Strike 2 with your current hardware, you can access a legacy version of CS:GO. Support for this version of CS:GO will end on January 1, 2024.

What is the legacy version of CS:GO?
The legacy version of CS:GO is a frozen build of CS:GO. It has all of the features of CS:GO except for official matchmaking.

What will happen after the end of support for the legacy version of CS:GO?
After January 1, 2024 the game will still be available, but certain functionality that relies on compatibility with the Game Coordinator (e.g., access to inventory) may degrade and/or fail.

- Steam Support's "Legacy CS:GO Version" article

We should add tag usage guidance to both tags’ tag wikis to avoid users using the tag for the wrong game.

Relevant meta discussion posts:

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    Accepted this answer over the others primarily because of all the information (plus I didn't know CS:GO is still available to a degree), but the other answers are just as valid. Either way, seems like the overall answer is no, leave the tags separate.
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Oct 12, 2023 at 14:52
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In my opinion, no. Because they aren't the same game after all, a solution that works (worked) for probably won't work for , and vice versa.

Although it doesn't exist anymore, should exist like a Legacy Tag.

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    Thanks for the input - come to think of it, I think another game that did a similar thing was Overwatch. Overwatch became Overwatch 2, with the first game no longer available to play. And we have tags for both games.
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Oct 10, 2023 at 17:11
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    We actually had a Meta for that too: gaming.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/16550/…
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Oct 10, 2023 at 17:12
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While I do not play Counter Strike: Global Offensive/Counter Strike 2, I would keep the tags separate - at least for the time being. Per VideoGamer, Counter Strike: Global Offensive is still available to play on the Xbox 360. By merging the tags, we would lose the ability to ask questions for the Xbox 360 version.

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    Didn't actually know it was playable on Xbox 360, let alone still playable on Xbox 360. I have to imagine that is a very small audience.
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Oct 10, 2023 at 17:02
  • @TimmyJim Those were my thoughts as well. The audience would be incredibly small at best, and I doubt we would ever get questions for it. But still Oct 10, 2023 at 17:04
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    The xbox version hasn't been updated since 2013 (it launched in 2012), it was my primary version before I built a pc. It's an interesting little snapshot!
    – GammaGames
    Oct 12, 2023 at 14:26
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    @GammaGames wow, so basically its an abandoned game nearly on Xbox 360 LOL - but I guess the Xbox One launched in 2013, and Valve probably realized the audience was quite small on Xbox to begin with
    – Timmy Jim Mod
    Oct 12, 2023 at 14:53

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