Despite its internet popularity, 1999’s electronic anthem “Sandstorm” by Darude will not make an appearance in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as part of the collaboration between developer Valve and the Finnish DJ, real name Ville Virtanen, to bring his signature sound to the multiplayer shooter in the form of a Music Kit.
After purchase, Music Kits allow players to replace the all in-game music, with Darude’s offering custom-written tracks celebrating the drop of his newest album, Moments?none of which, just to be clear, are “Sandstorm,” the beloved, high-energy jam that keeps those who arrive to America’s sports stadiums earlier than they meant to from falling asleep before the game actually starts.
Darude has undergone a resurgence in popularity over the past several years thanks to the internet’s obsession with the earworm. Not only can it be heard in numerous game montages and videos, but it has also become the go-to joke answer whenever someone asks for the name of a song.
With the majority of hype for the Kit being based around the potential for blaring “Sandstorm” at an officially sanctioned manner, median sale prices are already dropping on Steam’s Community Market following the reveal.
Looks like for now, anyone wanting to listen to “Sandstorm” in Counter-Strike will have to make do like we did in the early aughts?by loading it up through WinAmp in a background window.