I am having a problem with Counter Strike Global Offensive. I just bought a new DVD of it, and installed it without a problem at installation.
Now I am trying to open the game using the desktop icon, but when game reaches the main menu, it freezes and after few seconds, it closes. I get no message about why it happened.

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Counter Strike:Global Offensive only works with steam. That being said, you need to download and install a little software here:


After you have created an account and installed the software, you need to start up steam and on bottom left click "Activate retail game" after doing so , enter the serial key which came along your DVD and press enter. Now it will validate and associate the game with your account.


You cannot play multiplayer even if you get the game working without steam.

If you do not have serial key w/ your DVD contact retailer.

  • can I play it without steam. Is it necessary?
    – Tester
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 11:56
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    – Invoker
    Commented May 17, 2014 at 11:58
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