Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's closed beta was supposed to start in October but didn't. Valve decided to delay it due to feedback they received from professional gamers who were given early access.
At the Intel Extreme Masters Global Challenge, a team of Europeans faced off against a team of Americans in a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive match. Intel had the good sense to record the match and post it on the Internet.
Last week Valve announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for consoles and the PC. It might not matter what version of the game you get, as Valve plans to include cross-platform play.
This weekend Valve revealed that they're creating a download-only revival of multiplayer shooter Counter-Strike. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will be released through PSN, Xbox Live Arcade and Steam in early 2012.