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Valve: Fill out a survey, play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive early (maybe)

Valve is giving away keys to the beta for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in exchange for filling out a survey on Steam. Having already given out some 9000 keys, the company's decided (via Digital Spy) to send the next round of keys out to participants in the survey, which gathers information about players' machines and demographic details (that is, who you are and what you're playing on).

CS newcomers shouldn't feel excluded: “There are no wrong answers to the survey questions,” promises Valve. “Sometimes we might add experienced players, other times new players. Sometimes 1.6 players, sometimes CSS players, sometimes people who have played neither.”

The Steam-based survey won't take up your whole day, but you do need to access it via your regular gaming machine for hardware-profiling purposes. The company spells out the relationship between survey participants and CS:GO beta players fairly clearly: “If you don’t fill it out, you won’t be getting a key.”

Find a link on Valve's Counter-Strike blog, then look forward to hours of teabagging, camping, doorway-standing and all the other practices that have made Counter-Strike great over the years.

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