Holy crap, Valve! Talk about racking up good guy points. This is like something you would expect from organized religion if it weren't full of corrupt, greedy, sodomizing, child-molesting dastards. Anyway, the real meat of the story is that Valve has announced “Operation Payback”, which is a celebration of custom maps made by the community that's being sold for a fee. The money goes to the creative map designers who took time out of their life to create the maps you enjoy playing in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
As noted in Valve's press release...
Available from now until July 31st, 2013, "Operation Payback" is a collection of seven top-voted Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) community maps hosted on official servers and available to play with the purchase of a pass.
Now, I know some of you are worried about all of this: “What's this pass gonna cost us?” “Why are they charging us for custom maps?” “Don't they have enough money already?”
While the preemptive complaints are understandable, let's just keep in mind that the pass is a regular $5.99 and will be available for some time at half off for only $2.99. The money goes to supporting the map creators and allows players to play on seven of the top-rated maps on low-ping servers, so the pass isn't just some charity or is an aimless cash-grab without merit.
I've never been much of a fan of Counter-Strike as it doesn't tickle my fancy or fulfill my appetite for FPS games like some other titles on the market but I do respect the fact that this brand had humble beginnings as a Half-Life mod and has evolved into a financially lucrative franchise, so hats off to everyone involved and hats off to Valve for taking the opportunity to reward the community for their continued dedication to the game.
There's another company whose name I shall not mention who would never do anything like this...in fact, the community had to take it upon themselves to even create the mod tools necessary just to modify the game after it had been locked down in order to sell DLC. Sorry Cliffy B, but Valve just keeps proving they're nothing like a certain other company you tried comparing them to.
Anyway, you can learn more about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's Operation Payback by visiting the Official Website.