How do I create a private CS:GO server?

Developed by Valve Corporation, Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) was released in 2012 and is the best known PvP (player versus player) tactical shooter game. Its unique style sets it apart from other first-person shooters, such as Call of Duty or Battlefield. It is also popular in the field of e-sports (online gaming competitions). For this genre of game, CS:GO has enjoyed a long life, thanks to a change of business model and several updates.

Set up a team of five players (friends or strangers) and challenge others around the world. Tactics and strategy will be your assets to winning the battle.

Start training, create unique game modes or build a custom environment. To get the most out of this experience, we recommend creating a CS:GO virtual private server.

Best VPS OVHcloud

Why create my own private CS:GO server?

The game brings together a large number of players of all levels and offers a higher difficulty level than other FPS games. You’ll need great tactical skills to foil your enemies’ strategies and traps. They will not go easy on you, so familiarise yourself with targeting and shooting systems, Your accuracy will be tested, as will your control and concentration. Localised damage (head, torso, limbs) affects duels and weapon recoil.

It is this requirement of the game that has helped the gameplay stay fresh and continued the title’s popularity for almost ten years. To improve in ranked games (competition mode), refine your strategy with your team. You will need to be able to react to any situation: bomb defusing, long range firing, grenade throwing, and more.

There are three ways to play with friends:

  • launch a private game against bots
  • join a game on a public server
  • create your own private CS:GO server.

The first option is the most common. Invite your friends after launching a training session with bots. You will have predefined and restricted options for customising your game. But, hosting the game locally can put you at risk of slowdowns.

The second option is even more restrictive, because you are joining a server whose configuration is already set by its administrator. Also, if it’s a public server, expect to meet several players who could either enhance or ruin your gaming experience.

Creating your own server is the method that gives you the most configuration options. Set your rules, configure your training, modify and restrict access to your server: this is your game. To do this, we recommend our Gaming VPS range.

What are the advantages of hosting my CS:GO server on a Gaming VPS?

Icons/concept/infinite@3x Created with Sketch.

Unlimited customisation

Our VPS solutions are specially designed to meet your needs. From your operating system (Linux or Windows) to its configuration and rules (free play, training, modded server), you make the decisions! The flexibility of your virtual machine frees your creativity.

Suitable for all budgets

We designed our solutions for gaming usage. The resources allocated to our CPU, RAM, storage and bandwidth servers are especially adapted for online gaming. Our prices are accessible, so you can benefit from high-performance machines within your budget. Need more power? The scalability of our VPS solutions means you can increase your resources at any time. You can also migrate to a higher solution.

Icons/concept/Clock/Clock Available Created with Sketch.

Constantly available

For your CS:GO server to work properly, it needs a stable environment. Hosted in one of our datacentres, your VPS will have minimal latency and excellent availability guaranteed by a service level agreement (SLA). You can log in at any time.

Icons/concept/invader Created with Sketch.

A unique gaming experience

Once you have set it up, enjoy your CS:GO VPS to the fullest. Its NVMe SSD processors deliver the power for smooth gaming sessions and reduced response times. You can also host a TeamSpeak or Mumble voice server, or even a Discord bot! To help you play in the best conditions, our Anti-DDoS protection will protect you against attacks from outside the game.

How do I create a private CS:GO server?

Here is the minimum configuration we recommend for your server:

  • 2 vCore (virtual processors)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 500 Mbps bandwidth
  • Around 50 GB disk space


You can play on a server with 2 GB of RAM. However, if you host more than 10 players on your machine, you may experience slowdowns or bugs.

We recommend opting for at least 50 GB storage space, depending on the mods you want to install. It will also be useful to create additional space to back up your data.

CS:GO requires the lowest latency (Ping) possible. With a minimum bandwidth of 500 Mbps, you get an optimal in-game experience. We recommend our Essentials or Comfort ranges to achieve this.

You can now configure your server. Start by choosing your operating system, between a Windows Server or a Linux distribution such as Debian. Our detailed documentation will guide you through setting up your virtual server.

  • Download SteamCMD from the Steam client. You must also own the game Counter Strike: Global Offensive and its files.
  • There are very good online tutorials that you can follow to install a CS:GO server; please read them carefully.
  • Ensure that TCP and UDP ports 27015 are open.
  • Launch your server - this can be done via the command console on Windows.
  • And that’s it! You can now join the server with your friends.

To do this, launch CS:GO from Steam. In the multiplayer menu, click “Communityserverbrowser”. Go to “Favourites” and click on “Add a server”. Enter your server’s IP address (which you will find in your OVHcloud Control Panel), and click “Add this address to favourites”. In the list of available servers, you should find yours. If it does not appear, refresh the page. Click on “connect” and you are ready to enjoy your private CS:GO server!