Going to your first esports event can be a daunting challenge. The last thing you want to happen is to get there and not have all your settings and equipment set up correctly. This guide will show you how to retrieve your config and other settings so that you are ready for your big debut.
How to locate your CS:GO config folder
If you play Counter Strike, you have a config, your configuration file (config.cfg) contains all your personal settings including crosshair, heads-up-display (HUD) and keybindings. Out of all the things you need to remember, this is priority one. A few years back Valve changed the location where your config is stored and it can be quite hard to find if you don’t know where to look. Before we can find it, you need to know your account ID.
How to locate your account ID.
- Open your steam profile and go to your inventory.
- Click on the ‘Trade Offers’ button.
- Click on ‘Who can send me Trade Offers?’
- Locate your ID within your Trade URL.
Now that you have your account ID, we will use this to locate your config, stored within your userdata folder. Here is how you find it.
How to locate your CFG folder.
Majority of you would have installed CS:GO in its default location, meaning it will be on your ‘C:’ drive. The following directory should allow most of you to locate it.
If you don’t have everything installed in their default locations, you can easily locate your user data folder by searching for your account ID and then following the directory shown above.
You should see something similar to this when you open your CFG folder.
How to store your config folder.
Inside the CFG folder will be one file called config.cfg and usually at least two text documents titled ‘video’ and ‘videodefaults’. These are the only two files required, but I would recommend that you just copy the entire CFG folder and play it safe. This folder is VERY important, I recommend that you store it in as many different locations as possible in case all goes to hell. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. You never know what could happen while at an event and you want to make sure you back up this folder everywhere. Here are the three most used methods.
- Upload it to a cloud storage service such as Google Drive or Dropbox
- Store it on a USB flash drive that you keep with you
- If you are an Andriod user, you can store the file on your device’s external storage.
Although this shouldn’t yet be a problem for most players, bigger LAN events are very strict on having phones near the play area due to the possibility of storing cheats on mobile devices. Although big events like this will probably require you to send in your config file ahead of time, the final technique should only be used as last resort if your flash drive breaks or if you are unable to access your cloud storage. Don’t make this your first option.
CS:GO Launch Options
If you are using custom launch options you need to take them with you to the LAN. If you are unsure of where to locate your launch options, follow the steps below.
- Open Steam
- Go to ‘Library’
- Locate Counter Strike: Global Offensive
- Right click on CS:GO and click ‘Properties’
- Click on ‘Set Launch Options…’
You should see something similar to this:
You can either screenshot your launch options or take a photo, or I would recommend you copy & paste it into a text file that you can keep on a flash drive together with your CFG folder.
Nvidia Graphics Settings
Most esports events will be using computers with Nvidia graphics cards installed, which is most likely the same as what you are using at home. I would recommend that you screenshot the settings and store them together with your CFG folder and Launch Options text file.
These are the pages I recommend that you either screenshot or write down what their values are.
- 3D Settings > Manage 3D Settings
- Display > Change Resolution (especially if you are using a custom resolution)
- Display > Adjust desktop colour settings (Mainly just digital vibrance)
- Display > Adjust desktop size and position (Scaling settings)
Windows Mouse Settings
Although most of you are probably using default settings for this anyways, I recommend you just take note of what the selected values are and insure they are the same on the computer you are using at the event. In order to find your Windows Mouse Settings, you can simply search for ‘mouse’ in the start menu and click on ‘Additional mouse options’ under ‘Related settings’, or for Windows 10 users, follow the detailed steps below.
- Click on the ‘Start button’
- Click on the ‘Settings button’ (Gear Icon)
- Click on ‘Devices’
- On the left of the window should be a tab called ‘Mouse’, select it
- Under ‘Related settings’, click on ‘Additional mouse options’
- Head over to the ‘Pointer Options’ tab and take note of what your settings are
Device settings and drivers
Device drivers will depend on what brand of gear you are using, but most peripherals will have common settings that I recommend you take note of in case they are not synced to the cloud or saved offline on your device. Take note of the following if they apply to you:
- DPI/CPI setting
- Lift off distance setting
- Custom keybindings (mouse/keyboard)
- Polling rate
- Mouse surface calibration
- Audio equalizer settings
In case of slow or no internet connection at the event, I recommend that you save the installation files for your respective devices together with your CFG on a flash drive. Bigger events will request that you send a list of your required driver software along with your CFG to them ahead of time, in that case, you still need to remember what your settings are in case they do not sync to the cloud or get saved on your device.
If you are competing at a high level, it is likely that you are using a gaming monitor with low input delay and a high refresh rate of over 120hz. Most modern gaming monitors have a plethora of customization and settings for you to save. Although most settings change depending on the monitor, if you are in luck and happen to be playing on the same monitor you use at home, you can simply apply the settings you are using. Otherwise, you will need to apply settings you know are and will need to play around until you find an image you like. Unfortunately, there is no standard for these settings and they change depending on brand and model.
Following this guide should ensure that you aren’t caught off guard while attending your first CS:GO LAN event. Esports is a complicated business and can be confusing to newcomers, I hope that this guide was able to give you some insight on what is necessary to ensure you are at the top of your game when competing in esports events. The process described above is something every player competing on LAN has done and is a crucial part of preparing for an event.
Be sure to update your saved settings and drivers before events in case you switched to different peripherals or changed some of your settings between events.
If you feel that there is anything that I forgot to mention, please leave a comment with your suggestion.
Hi, I’m Migael – A lifelong gamer and competitor in esports for almost 10 years. I competed in team-based games such as Battlefield and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive at the highest level as well as individual esports like Player Unknown’s Battle Grounds and Rocket League.
I’m here to help out new players by giving tips and honest reviews on esports gear.