Team Vitality is throwing its hat into the gun skins ring with its own collection of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive weapon skins.
Team Vitality has revealed its first set of custom CSGO skins added to the Steam Workshop. Titled the Rush Hornet collection, the four skins all have a black and yellow design featuring a very angry wasp. The set is currently up for voting in the Workshop, which is how all successful skin designs eventually make it into a CSGO case. Could Valve finally entertain Team Vitality and other sponsors with a player-designed skins case?
Team Vitality revealed the custom CSGO skin on August 3, 2022. The promotional image depicts T agent Mangos Dibisi holding a detailed example of the AWP | Hornet Rush weapon skin. The social media post also includes a link to the official Workshop page for the skins. Rush Hornet was designed by Nextgenz, a prominent CSGO skin creator.
The collection includes skins for the AWP, M4A4, AK-47, and Desert Eagle. Each one sports a yellow and black palette depicting a hornet near the player’s hand. They don’t seem to have unique patterns, but the choice of colors possibly keeps lower-float versions still looking clean. The stinger smoothly transitions into the trigger on all of the rifles. All of the skins also sport a pearlescent effect familiar from the Printstream series.
With more CSGO teams designing custom skins for content, it may be time to make it official with a pro-designed skin case.
It might initially seem like Valve would want to keep skins designed by other companies out of the game, but there are actually multiple sponsored skins available in CSGO. The P90 | Trigon and M4A1-S | Atomic Alloy were both sponsored designs from third-party matchmaking service FACEIT.
However, these additions were made in the earlier days of CSGO and may no longer be part of Valve’s protocol. Many designers make their living from designing CSGO gun skins, so giving a slot to a big company may not go over too well with fans, either.
Vitality isn’t the only pro team to take a crack at designing their own skins. Team Liquid made a complete set of five skins and an artist cleaned them up into real Workshop items. Valve could release a gun skin crate full of pro player designs in the future, but the actual logistics of creating such a thing could be challenging.
Even without a dedicated page, skins from the Rush Hornet could be included if fans vote enough for them on the Workshop.