The first thing a lot of new players on our server do is typing the “!ws” command in chat. These players expect to see a list of different skins for their weapons to choose from. It is the biggest player magnet of all features a CS:GO server can provide.
So why don’t we provide it?
Why do other servers run these plugins anyway?
Running this type of plugins is pretty much a guarantee to have a full server. Most server owners obviously enjoy a full server. But to run this type of server involves costs. If their account gets banned they have to buy CS:GO and a new phone number. This can happen once a week. Also similar to hacks for the game itself, developers of these plugins often take money from server owners. This makes their plugin less likely to be detected by Valve as less people are using it. Other providers sell server tokens to owners, so owners don’t have to buy a mobile number and CS:GO every time they get banned.
This can cost quite a lot of money. Many server owners force players to watch an ad before they can actually play on the server. They run skin-plugins to get a high amount of players watching these ads and to generate maximum profit. Sometimes they provide low-quality gameservers to spent less on hardware. Usually players will even join shitty servers, just because of the skin-plugins.
I don’t think bad about server owners trying to get some of their money back by running ads on their servers. I thought about doing that myself multiple times. What I don’t like are server owners providing a bad experience to players on their servers, but still baiting them to join because of skin-plugins.