What are CSGO Skins?

As a CSGO player, we’re more than confident to say that you’ve already heard of CSGO Skins at least once. Maybe one too many times that you decide to find out just what they are. Well, when you see other players with similar weapons to yours but the ones they own look a lot cooler, it’s because that player installed skins. Just to be clear, these skins only contribute to the aesthetic appeal and virtually nothing else; in no way, shape or form do skins enhance statistics or strength. Why spend money or go through the effort of getting them? To appear stronger and better of course.

CSGO Skins

Sometimes referred to as finishes, skins are a new feature for CSGO, bundled with the Arms Deal update and you can get skins by;

  • Trading ten skins for a rarer skin in a Trade Up Contract,
  • Earn skins through random drop offs by playing in the official servers and online community.
  • Trading skins with other players or making a purchase from the Steam Market.
  • ‘Uncrate’ skins by opening promotional and weapon containers.

A few variants involve the StatTrak device; what is does is count and display the overall numbers of kills done using the weapon by the current player. Inspecting the gun is possible by pressing the ‘F’ key; the view offers a better look at the detail of the skin and the counter. Turn the weapon on both sides during the inspection before going back to the normal aiming. Cancellation is done by shooting, switching or simply reloading the weapon. In-game inventory and the Steam Market displays white borders on the preview icon of general skins but others are color coordinated. StatTrak feature orange, knives have purple, prototype and custom skins are assigned green and souvenir weapons have yellow borders.