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How to get service medals in CSGO?

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If you’re a new player, you must have seen those shiny things in the top left corner of a player’s profile image in CSGO. Those shiny things are service medals, well mostly.

CSGO incentives player consistency and loyalty to the game in a way that you can flaunt in front of the community. Players get badges and pins to show their participation in numerous community activities and of course, for involvement in the game.

However, just like you, everyone started with a blank page. Whether you’re an up and coming CSGO prodigy or a returning legend, here’s how you can get your service medal.

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Getting service medals in CSGO

Service medals in CS are awarded on an annual basis, which means that there is a new service medal for each year. This is done again, to incentivise players returning to the game. Every year there’s a new service medal, which goes a long way in showing off just how dedicated you are to the game.

My humble medal collection

So how do you get the service medal?

You can get a service medal in CSGO by playing the game. It’s as simple as that. As you play the game and complete matches in any game mode, you’re awarded XP points. These XP points, in turn, increase your in-game rank, not to be confused with your matchmaking rank, which is used to match you with similarly skilled players in official matchmaking.

Once you reach rank 40, you then have the option of trading all your XP and rank for a service medal, or you can just keep stacking on XP to get the next year’s medal.

You also might have noticed that some people have a different coloured star in the centre of their medal. That’s because medals work in a similar manner to the weapon skin rarity. You have the following options.

  • White
  • Green
  • Dark blue
  • Purple
  • Pinkish purple
  • Red

And that’s how you score a service medal in CSGO.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: