The main modes consist in two teams, Terrorists and Counter-Terrorists, who face each other in time limited rounds. Depending on the map, rounds can be won by either completing a given objective or by eliminating the enemy team. The team that won the highest amount of rounds when the match timer is over, will be the winner of the match.
Players of both teams, will also compete against each other, including competing with members of their own team, to get the highest amount of kills and lowest amount of deaths. Most of the times, players will aim to win individually rather than cooperatively, unless team is composed of members that know each other and play strategically to win the rounds.
In Versus, the two teams face each other until one is eliminated, awarding the surviving team with the victory of that round, or until the time runs out, ending in a draw.
In Bomb Defusal, Counter-terrorists win the round by successfully protecting one or multiple bombing sites until the time runs out, or by defusing a bomb once planted. Terrorists win the round by successfully planting and detonating a bomb, which has a set countdown, or by killing all CT members while the bomb is planted. Victory may also be achieved by any team if the opposing team gets eliminated before the bomb is planted.
In Hostage Rescue, Counter-terrorists win the round if they successfully rescue all hostages before time runs out. Terrorists win the round by preventing the rescue of all hostages. Alternatively, victory can be achieved by eliminating the opposing team.