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Valve quickly nerfs Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's overpowered new gun

Angry response from CS:GO community lead to today's balance update

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Valve released a new update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive today in response to a wave of negative feedback over the addition of a new weapon: the R8 Revolver. That gun, seen by the Counter-Strike community as severely unbalanced, is no longer the unstoppable killing machine it was earlier this week.

In a new blog post, Valve admits it made a mistake by releasing the R8 Revolver in its original, overpowered state.

"While it typically takes more time to generate enough data to drive an update (and gameplay updates are always a bit disruptive), in this case it's clear that we got the damage wrong and can respond immediately," Valve said in a post on the official Counter-Strike website, citing "legitimate concerns" from players.

Valve says it has brought the new handgun "in line with other weapons" by reducing its damage and increasing the time it takes to fire.

"As experience with other new weapons (e.g., CZ75a and M4A1-S) has shown us, it may require several iterations over a longer period to find the stable values that create interesting strategic choices for players," Valve said. "We're committed to monitoring usage and adjusting the values as required."

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