I was wondering what the difference (in looks) was between 'factory new' and 'minimal wear' in Counter Strike: GO.
A random exterior quality is chosen when a weapon skin is dropped, uncrated or received from a Trade Up Contract. The exterior quality simulates randomized wear and tear on the skin, and is determined when the skin drops. A weapon's exterior quality will not degrade over time and can never be changed.
The exterior quality hierarchy is the following, from best to worst:
- Factory New
- Minimal Wear
Overall you can say that Factory New looks best and the skin quality will get worse from quality to quality.