Valve is filing new trademarks for CSGO as Source 2 rumors continue

published: 2023-03-18 T11:12:57

updated: 2023-03-18 T11:13:08

As the CS:GO 2 or Source 2 beta build for Counter-Strike continues, new trademarks registered by Valve have fueled speculation about the name of the game.

Projections are that the Source 2 beta for CS:GO will be released this month, March 2023. This was first reported by Richard Lewis and then reinforced by a lot of background CS:GO updates on Steam.

Gamers have been on the edge of their seats all month, but there’s still no Source 2 CS:GO beta to download. However, the latest “leak” to launch the rumors is the official trademark applications filed by Valve.

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On March 17, the game publisher registered two new tags: “CS2” and “Counter-Strike”. Right away, players assumed that this would be used for the new Source 2 version of CS:GO.

CS2 and Counter-Strike trademarks

The new brands were highlighted by a Twitter user Aquariuswhich has been keeping track of all the small updates and developments related to the Source 2 update for CS.

The trademarks, filed by Valve Corporation on March 17, relate to “categories of entertainment services, i.e. the provision of online video games.”

It is also confirmed that these trademarks are associated, unsurprisingly, with the CS:GO trademark, listed as “related property” in the app.

Will CS:GO be rebranded as Counter-Strike?

These new trademarks could denote a number of potential changes to the CS:GO brand.

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Anti-strike brandUSPTO

While you might assume that CS2 stands for “Counter-Strike 2”, others have suggested that it could be “Counter-Strike Source 2” or “CS: GO Source 2”.

As for the regular “Counter-Strike” rebranding, this could be a blanket rebranding of CS:GO, with Valve dropping the “Global Offensive” part of the title.

One option would be that for the duration of the beta, the Source 2 version would be known as CS2, until the Source 2 version was merged with the CS:GO proper, at which time the game could be rebranded as just “Counter-Strike”.

For now, this is all just speculation, but these new trademarks are some of the first concrete evidence from Valve themselves that changes are coming to this legendary shooter.

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