New Counter-Strike 2 trademark adds fuel to sequel rumours

Although there remains no formal announcement, a newly spotted trademark lends further credence to Counter-Strike 2 being real.

Earlier this month, word quickly spread that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valve’s tactical first person shooter, would be getting a sequel after 10+ years.

There were already suspicions of such a project being in the works thanks to Nvidia drivers adding support for something titled ‘cs2.’ Then, a prominent insider stated the sequel is real and a beta is launching soon.

Valve itself has not formally announced anything, but it’s starting to seem even more likely thanks to a newly discovered trademark.

A trademark application for ‘CS2’ has been filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) by Valve.

While ‘CS2’ on its own isn’t an admission that it’s Counter-Strike 2, there’s little else it could stand for.

Plus, underneath the related properties section are two other serial numbers for trademarks. Checking them on the USPTO website reveals that they’re both for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

At the very least, it’s definitely for something video game related, since the filing explicitly states that the trademark registration is for ‘Computer game software, electronic game software, video game software, [and] computer game programmes downloadable via the internet.’

There is some debate, though, on whether Valve is prepping a proper sequel or instead plans on updating the game to its Source 2 engine. Either way, it’d be a substantial step forward for the game and its players.

The filing was made last week on March 14 but only recently spotted and shared by PCGamesN. You can see it for yourself over on the USPTO website.

If Valve really is working on a sequel, it’s a real surprise for fans since the original Counter-Strike: Global Offensive launched over 10 years ago in 2012.

It’s not as if its popularity is dwindling, as the game continues to sport a healthy and active playerbase and esports scene. In fact, according to Steam Charts, it’s been steadily gaining players since November and broke its peak player record this month, perhaps as a result of fans’ excitement of a potential sequel.

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