CSGO Prime Account

A new button showed up on your main screen on CSGO and you don’t understand it? Don’t worry! I will help you understand it!

What’s Prime Account on CSGO?

Prime Account it’s a new system in CSGO to allow you to associate your SIM number to your CSGO account. If you link your account you will play with and against other Prime players.

If you have multiple accounts you have to choose your favorite to link to your phone because you can only have one account for each phone number.

The system is still on Beta. It means that it’s still waiting for enough players to upgrade their accounts to prime before it starts. So it’s not working yet but it will start soon hopefully.

Why should you upgrade to Prime account?

Well the whole Prime account seems like a great idea because it removes a lot of cheaters and smurfs from the general matchmaking. People can only link one account to their phone number so they are most likely to pick their main instead of the smurf account.

This means that in general you should expect a more fair matchmaking experience as you will find players that really belong on your rank instead of high skilled players smurfing on lower ranks or players cheating because most of cheaters won’t probably link their phone to the cheating account.

To upgrade simply open CSGO then click on the Prime logo on the top left on the screen and the “Prime Account Matchmaking” pop-up will appear. Click on “Add Phone Number” on the bottom and follow the steps.

Matchmaking after Prime Account update

So basically when the whole system is working you will have two kinds of players, Prime (trusted), non-Prime (not trusted).

This will divide Matchmaking into 2 sectors:

  • Prime – Trustworthy and Fair players
  • Non-Prime – Cheaters and Smurfs playing against each others

So as you can see this brings a lot more fairness and fun to matchmaking and it benefits everyone who wants to have a good experience on competitive matches.

Prime account without a mobile phone?

Well you will always need a number to activate a prime account. So if you don’t have a phone you can ask your someone on your family or friends. Don’t go after VoIP numbers because Valve states that you won’t be able to use this kind of numbers.

Can you change the account linked to your phone?

If you linked your phone to the wrong account you have three days to change it to the account you want to keep as CSGO prime. After that you can only change it after six months, so choose wisely.

How will this stop cheaters and smurfs?

Of course there’s no system full proof but Prime matchmaking will help a lot reducing cheaters and smurfs.

There can be some people with access to more phone numbers so they can link their secondary accounts but it takes a bit more effort and a lot of smurfs or cheaters won’t bother to do that.

Steam Guard Mobile and Prime account

You don’t need to have Steam Guard mobile to have Prime account on CSGO as they are different things. Steam Guard protects your steam account from unauthorized access while Prime account is only related to CSGO for a more fair matchmaking experience.

As you can see CSGO Prime it’s a great step by Valve to improve CSGO matchmaking. I personally really like the idea even knowing that it won’t some smurfers or cheaters, it will certainly help reducing their number.

If you have any question, leave your comment below.