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How To Get CS:GO Prime Account

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What does a CS:GO Prime account have in stock for you? Does this Valve update help get rid of cheaters?

The topic of this article is why you need a prime account for, how to get it; also we will answer some frequently asked questions.


What is a Prime Account?

Prime accounts were introduced by Valve as an experiment aimed at figuring out whether gamers will compete better against similar gamers who have prime accounts though. The prime account system has been active since April 2016.

Actually, the system has become a permanently used gamer tool.

Why do You Need a Prime Account

A Prime account is needed for separating gamers into two categories:

  • Gamers that use a Prime account - are more trustworthy;
  • Gamers that don’t use a Prime account - mostly cheaters and smurfs.

How to Obtain a Prime Account

To be granted a CS:GO Prime account you need to confirm your phone number in Steam and Private rank not less than of 21 level (Lieutenant).

Alternately, you can get a Prime account if you have a Service medal. You need to click on the Details button on top of your CS:GO profile menu, near the Prime Account Matchmaking string. After that, click Upgrade.

Prime Account Matchmaking

How Prime Accounts Protect You From Cheaters

If you already reached the level 21 of the Personal rank and have your phone number confirmed in Steam, you can upgrade your account to the Prime. Otherwise, you will be matched against the users who also do not have upgraded accounts. In case a cheater is imposed a VAC ban and uses a Prime account, the cheater number will be blocked for a certain period (1-month minimum). Each subsequent blocking of the cheater by his/her number will automatically increase the blocking period. In the same manner, for several accounts linked to one phone number, including those upgraded to the Prime level, getting one of the accounts VAC banned imposes the ban on the Prime accounts.


Do I need a mobile Steam authenticator to upgrade my account to Prime?

No, you don’t, but using this authenticator is recommended for making an access to your account and the trading platform more secure.

What should I do if I accidentally upgraded a wrong account to the Prime?

You can reassign the Prime status to another account linked to the same phone number within three days. You will be able to do another status reassignment after 6 months.

What if I will not have my account upgraded to the Prime?

You will not be able to match against gamers using Prime account privileges, however, you will be able to compete with both ordinary account gamers and Prime account gamers who unlocked playing not only against gamers with Prime accounts.

Does a Prime account give you a 100% protection against cheaters?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t. Cheaters buy Prime accounts and use them for their unfair play.

How do I change my phone number on Steam?

Log into Steam and click on your account name in the top right corner.

  • Select “Account Details” from the drop-down menu.
  • Under “Contact Info”, select “Manage your phone number”.
  • Enter your phone number and select 'Next'. Steam will send an SMS message containing your confirmation code - Enter this code to verify.


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  • Last Update 31 March 2023
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