Maybe you're thinking the same thing I did: "Wow, how was Counter-Strike not already free to play?" I guess people have been paying for it all this time, but no more. They also detailed some of the new Danger Zone (Battle Royale) mode, which sounds like they had to work pretty hard to shoehorn it in as it caps out at 18 players. That combined with CS's pretty quick time-to-kill makes me think these rounds are going to be pretty short, but what do I know.
The last time I played Counter-Strike my team had all but won the round but then I forgot which button to hit to place the bomb so everyone was yelling at me as time ran out because I was standing on the spot just looking around with no time to explain my predicament. I haven't played since. Not directly related to this story but hey!
How many players are in a match?
If you queue as a solo player, you'll enter a 16 player match. If you queue as a squad of two or three, your match will have up to 18 players.
How do I play as a squad?
You can play with friends by joining their lobby in the main menu. Play Danger Zone as a two or three-player squad, and you'll be matched against other squads.
How long do matches last?
Danger Zone matches typically last about 10 minutes.
Do weapons behave the same as they do in other CS:GO game modes?
Yes. CS:GO's guns have the same behavior and damage in Danger Zone as in other CS:GO game modes. However, since Danger Zone players can have up to 120HP, they may survive encounters that would otherwise be deadly.
How is XP earned?
You can earn XP in Danger Zone by looting your environment, killing enemies and trying your best to survive.
How do I get the Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats?
To earn a Souvenir MP5-SD | Lab Rats, you need to have Prime Status and earn 250 XP in Danger Zone. The souvenir is available for all players until 2019-01-09