A Finnish newspaper is using a secret room in a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive map to deliver uncensored news about the war in Ukraine to people living in Russia.
To achieve this, the newspaper Helsingin Sanomat – the largest in Finland with a daily circulation – created a new map for the game that contains that room which can only be found through the spectator mode camera. Inside is a collection of news stories from the Russian-language newspaper that detail the actions of Russia’s army during its invasion of Ukraine.
“Russians have very little chance of receiving independent information about Putin’s invasion of Ukraine,” Antero Mukka, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief, told the website. gamesradar. The reasons for this are the strict restrictions imposed on Russian media after the war by the country’s authorities, which prohibit what the state considers “false information” about operations in Ukraine.
As Counter-Strike is one of the most popular games in Russia (being played by around four million people in the country), this was an opportunity for reporters to tell uncensored stories for those inside the country.
The map in question is called “de_vonya”, which means “war” in Russian. The term is censored in Russia. Although the initiative is aimed at Russians, any CS:GO player can access the map.