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How Much is the CSGO Case Key?

How Much is the CSGO Case Key?

Back in 2016, CSGO case keys had the exact same value, on and off the Steam market. This is not the case anymore. Ever since the famous CS update that took place on October 28th, 2019, the entire CSGO case key market has changed. This piece will provide ins and outs of case key prices, how and where to buy CSGO keys, and more.

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  • September 13, 2023
How Much is the CSGO Case Key?

LATEST CSGO KEYS PRICES

There are 40 different cases on the market(without counting souvenir packages or capsules). All of them require a key to open. We were able to find 24 case keys with listings. Those listings vary from as low as 38 to 700+ offers. Here are the latest CSGO keys prices:

  • Operation Breakout Case Key – $25,22
  • Huntsman Case Key – $21,30
  • Gamma Case Key – $20,87
  • Clutch Case Key – $20,15
  • Gamma 2 Case Key – $19,32
  • Chroma 2 Case Key – $19,20
  • Revolver Case Key – $19,18
  • Operation Phoenix Case Key – $18,56
  • Danger Zone Case Key – $18,48
  • Operation Wildfire Case Key – $18,47
  • CS20 Case Key – $16,62
  • Spectrum 2 Case Key – $16,56
  • Chroma 3 Case Key – $16,51
  • Prisma Case Key – $15,20
  • Spectrum Case Key – $14,87
  • Glove Case Key – $14,83
  • Horizon Case Key – $14,30
  • Chroma Case Key – $13,72
  • Shadow Case Key – $13,49
  • Falchion Case Key – $13,28
  • Operation Vanguard Case Key – $12,43
  • Winter Offensive Case Key – $10,32
  • CS:GO Case Key – $7,53
  • Operation Hydra Case Key – $2,99

*be aware that the prices mentioned here are subject to change.

The listing above clearly shows the discrepancy between certain CSGO keys. For instance, Operation Hydra Case key costs $2,99 while the case itself goes for just under $30. On the other hand, Operation Breakout Weapon Case is available for $6,90 while the key for this case goes for $25,22.

CAN CSGO CASES BE OPENED WITHOUT A KEY?

No, in order to open cases in Counter-Strike, you must buy CSGO keys. Keep in mind that we are talking about cases here. There are different ways of opening cosmetic items and valuable skins without having to obtain CSGO keys.

Stickers and autograph capsules can be opened without a key. The same applies to souvenir packages. These types of containers can be acquired by watching CSGO Majors and participating in the Pick’em challenges.

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CSGO KEYS WERE USED AS STABLECOINS

During the golden era of CSGO gambling sites, popular operators such as CSGORollCSGOEmpire, and CSGO500 used Steam keys as a stable currency. The price of a key on these sites was always the same(around $2,30).

csgo case key prices compared

Contrary to that, knife skins or other expensive CS skins always changed value. In other words, they were never as stable as keys were. This is why we can say that gambling providers looked at CS:GO keys as a stablecoin.

CSGO UPDATE THAT KILLED CASE KEYS TRADING

On October 28, 2019, CS update shut down companies and individuals that used case keys in order to establish their businesses. An update called “Key Change” restricted the trading of CS case keys. From this update, the keys that are bought in-game are tied to the account that purchased them.

Keys that were on the market before the update went live can still be sold on Steam Community Market or third-party sites.

If you are wondering why did Valve do this, let us explain. First and foremost, Valve stated that the fraud networks abused the open Steam marketplace by using CSGO keys in order to liquidate their profits. They also mentioned another interesting fact. In 2019, almost all key purchases that were sold on the marketplace are believed to be from frauds or scams.

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THREE WAYS OF GETTING CSGO CASE KEYS

An update that changed the fate of keys in CS also brought a huge increase in prices on third-party trading sites. This is why we want to provide three main methods of purchasing CSGO key alongside providing general tips that you can use.

  1. Buying CSGO key in-game – $2,5 per key(any case)
  2. Buying CSGO keys via Steam Marketplace
  3. Purchasing CSGO keys via third-party trading sites

WHAT OPTION SHOULD YOU USE TO OBTAIN CSGO KEYS

Before you decide to purchase or sell keys, you should determine the end goal. For example, if you want to open the cases, then the best deal you can get is to buy a CSGO key in-game. This will cost you $2,5, no matter the case you are opening.

buying csgo case key in-game

But, if you are a collector, or you want to use keys for any other transaction outside Steam, you will need to buy the ones that can be traded further. This means that you are not getting the same base Steam price as you would get by buying the keys in-game.

Overall, the choice is yours. Determine what you want to use the keys for and apply the tips we provided to either invest money smartly or save up when buying a CSGO key.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO BUY CASE KEY IN-GAME

If you want to buy CSGO keys in-game, let us give you a helping hand by providing a step-by-step guide on how to do so. Let’s get straight into it:

  1. Launch the game and open your inventory.
  2. Choose a weapon case you want to open (for instance, Operation Bravo case)
  3. At the bottom of the screen, you will find a green button with a $2,5 (€2,35, or your national currency) price. Click on it.
  4. In-game Steam overlay will pop out that will take you to the payment section.
  5. Provide banking information or e-wallet credentials and confirm the transaction.
  6. Key is added to your inventory and can be used instantly. Good luck!

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADABLE KEYS AND NON-TRADABLE KEYS

The main difference between keys in CSGO is their availability to be handed to another person, also known as trading. Case keys obtained before October 28, 2019, are still tradable and can be moved from one account to another.

buying cs keys via steam marketplace

Contrary to that, after October 28, 2019, all keys that are bought in-game can’t be traded or moved elsewhere. They are tied to the account that purchased the key. It is also important to mention that no matter what types of cases you have, it is impossible to obtain free csgo case keys.

However, account-locked keys can be used to open cases and unlock skins. Those skins can then be traded or sold on Steam Marketplace or third-party sites after a lock period expires.

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