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Mapcore's CS:GO Mapping Contest 2017

Mapcore's CS:GO Mapping Contest 2017
Counter-Strike Global Offensive
Oct 31 2017
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Mapcore is now holding a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Mapping Contest for original 5v5 bomb defusal maps AND hostage-rescue maps, powered by FACEIT!

Mapcore's Veteran Judges will be joined by CS:GO Guest Experts such as The WarOwl, Moses, Sadokist, DDK, James Bardolph, and Anders Blume!

How to Enter

Post a "Work In Progress" thread in Mapcore’s Official Event Forum!

When you're ready, update your WIP thread with a link to your playable map's and/or Steam Workshop page.

Your thread + playable map constitutes your entry to this contest!

Contest Eligibility

1. Participant eligibility: This Contest is open to any individual, or teams of individuals, provided they comply with the following:

  • Participants must not be an Employee or Official Staff Member of the “Organizer” (Mapcore) or “Sponsors” (FACEIT).
  • Participants must not have taken part in the preparation, judging, or official announcement of this Contest.
  • Participants must not be a direct relative, spouse, direct employee, romantic partner or business partner of any of the above.

2. Legal Age: This Contest is open to any individuals who meet the above “participant eligibility” criteria. In the event that a participant who has not reached the legal age in his/her state wins one or more prizes, he/she must provide contact details for the legal guardian who will claim the prize(s).


Your playable map must be entered by October 31, 2017 at midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST).

Contest Prizes

  • Eternal Bragging Rights
  • A Spotlight on Mapcore for 2 months (linking to each epic WIP thread).
  • A Monetary Prize ($5,000 for First place; $3,000 for Second place; $1,500 for Third place; $500 for Fourth place).
  • Map added to FACEIT platform for a time, playable for all users!

Prize Disclaimer

FACEIT will be providing/sponsoring Prize revenue. Mapcore assumes no responsibility.

Judging Process

To determine 10 Finalist maps, Mapcore Judges will rate Contest maps according to the following 100 point criteria, with all ratings tallied and given equal weight, and any ties broken by our Guest Experts:

  • 40 points: Fun Factor (how well-designed is the map)
  • 40 points: Visual/Thematic Presentation (how aesthetically sophisticated is the map)
  • 20 points: Overall Polish (bug-free maps; maps with Soundscapes; maps which run smoothly; other determinations relating to quality).

Finalist mappers will then have one month to make changes based on community feedback.

(December 10th deadline to qualify for TOP 4)

Top 4 Contest maps and the Grand Prize Winner will be declared in December, 2017

After one month has passed, Mapcore Judges and Guest Experts will rate every finalist map according to the same 100 point criteria above (Fun Factor, Visual/Thematic Presentation, Overall Polish), with all ratings tallied and given equal weight, and ties broken by Sprony.

Mapcore will then declare the Top 4 Contest maps and our Grand Prize Winner!

Contest is being Judged

Hold on to your hats! The judging panel is determining the winners.

**Contest Rules**: Entry into this Contest is free of charge for all.
Your entry must be a playable map for the PC version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Remakes (maps of the same name and design of an existing map released for public download), sequels (e.g. de_dust3), and spiritual successors (new name for an old layout) can NOT be entered.
Maps that were under creation prior to the announcement of this Contest can be entered, as long as a complete map version (layout and art) has not been released for public download.
Map entries must be submitted to the Steam Workshop and/or, as well as the Mapcore WIP forum before the deadline.
Map authors are free to share their map on any other websites or services they wish, however the map must remain free to download.
Multiple map entries are permitted, however each entry will be judged for its own particular quality.
Map entries created by teams are permitted, however entrants will have to agree how to split any prizes awarded prior to prize claim and dispatch.
Changes or updates to Workshop maps will not be considered after October 31, 2017 (for Top 10) and December 3, 2017 (for Top 4).
Mapcore forum rules must be obeyed.
All custom textures, models, etc. must be embedded into the map's .bsp file (FREE TUTORIAL AND TOOL). Assets must also comply with Steam Workshop guidelines.
Map authors must be able to accept cash payments. Winners of hardware and physical products will be required to provide a valid shipping address.
Judges, Experts, and individuals associated with organizing this contest CANNOT enter nor provide material assistance to map entrants.
If a Finalist entry is disqualified due to violation of these rules, all applicable winnings will be directed to the next highest-rated map.
Void where prohibited.