In the latest patch, Valve made important changes to the first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. If earlier the prime status could either be bought for real money, or received for free, having reached a certain level, now the developers have left only the first option.
Users without prime status are subject to severe restrictions. A separate unrated matchmaking has been created for them, and from now on they cannot participate in competitive matches. In addition, they will no longer be able to gain experience, ranks, ranks and randomly dropped items. Thus, the ranked mode in the Free-to-Play game actually became paid.
Of course, this does not apply to players who previously received prime status for free. But beginners or those who did not manage to reach the required level will have to pay money to remove all restrictions.