Valve has launched Operation Payback, an initiative to reward top-rated community members creating maps for Counter-strike: Global Offensive. As suggested by a recent patch leak, the pass is an in-game item you’ll have to pony up actual cash for, granting “uninterrupted low-ping play on official dedicated servers”.
The pass costs USD$5.99 but is 50% off at the moment; proceeds will be returned to the creators of seven maps featured on the servers, which include Museum, Downtown and Thunder.
It will be available until July 31, and those who buy in will earn a limited edition challenge coin. You’ll also be able to invite your friends into matches, even if they haven’t got a pass.
This seems to be the first of a series of planned campaigns to put a bit of cash in talented amateur designers’ pockets.