EMS Katowice 2014 was the first championship to have team stickers available to purchase in-game. Then and now sticker capsules got the same price – 1USD. At that point (when they first came out) almost nobody could imagine that these stickers will make a history in Counter Strike: Global Offensive sticker pricing. Some of the stickers already became local meme and therefore got too much hype around them.
First price leap
Back in the days, December 2015, EMS Katowice 2014 stickers and capsules started to get really expensive. As there were not so many of them stocked (compared to today’s stickers) on private inventories, price raised slowly but steady. End of year 2015 made sticker capsules and some stickers go up in price by double. At that point there were already 2 leading stickers from each capsule: Challengers got iBUYPOWER and Legends got Titan stickers.
Second price leap
Katowice 2014 stickers got hyped quite a lot in the beginning of 2016 after prices jumped that much. Youtubers started to do videos on them, capsule unboxings and so on. Weapons with these stickers got very popular and sold on market for quite higher price than they usually do. iBUYPOWER and Titan stickers became some sort of extravaganza. May 2016 – stickers getting extremely high demand and prices went to something not imaginable. iBUYPOWER hits price at over 4000 USD for 1 sticker.
Vavle bans gambling and market pricing crash
End of July 2016 Valve bans couple biggest gambling sites. Even all know csgolounge stopped betting option and only kept trading posts available. These kind of actions lead to huge price drops: people started to withdraw their skins from gambling sites and they obviously ended up in the steam market. Tons of skins were available for sale and the amount of them was much higher than demand. Prices dropped not only for Katowice 2014 stickers but for almost every skin on the market.
Dawn of EMS Katowice 2014 stickers
After about half a year I have noticed prices of stickers are getting back on track again. Same was to all the stickers as prices got more or less stable. At this point there are not so many Katowice 2014 stickers and capsules left and that basically makes them that much expensive. The demand on them is not so big anymore but considering there are only few stickers available for sale their prices are reasonably high.
March 2017 – stickers raise in price for the third time. Many of holo stickers are not available to purchase anymore same as challengers capsule. However, lets have a closer look on what is happening on the market right now.
EMS Katowice 2014 Legends capsule
This capsule is slightly cheaper compared to Challengers one because it has Titan sticker (Challengers got iBUYPOWER). It stopped at around 200-250 USD mark and stayed that way for several months. However, it raised in price almost at double in last few weeks. As you can see there are only 3 capsules left for sale and prices are on the market price limits already. Here is latest buy history so you can see it is really raising in price and people keep buying them.
Sticker | Titan | Katowice 2014
Lets have a look at regular Titan sticker because Holo one is not available on steam market for a very long time now.After prices dropped in price Titan sticker was sold for about 100-140 USD for few months. Today we can see regular Titan sticker priced at 170 USD and more. Since there are only 3 Legends capsules left on the market, price of the sticker will probably go up in price too.
Sticker | Natus Vincere | Katowice 2014
Another example of price changes. It does not look that big, however, it is worth to mention. Sticker was going for about 60 USD few months ago and now it is for sale at 90 USD an more.
Sticker | Fnatic | Katowice 2014
Fnatic sticker is 50% more expensive than it was 2 months ago. This is another good example showing that stickers are slowly raising in price.
Sticker | Team Dignitas | Katowice 2014
I also decided to add this one as it is showing that not every Katowice 2014 sticker is raising in price. Dignitas did not go up in price at all and there are much more of them available to purchase than previous ones we had a look on. Same situation is with few other stickers as well, for example – HellRaisers.
First of all, the amount of stickers available is very scanty. After market stabilized more or less (since Valve banned gambling), rare or unique items are getting their values back. Speaking about Katowice 2014 stickers – they are definitely getting back on track, though very slowly. Legends capsule raising so fast in price may either be coincidence or it may be another Qatar Sheikh unlocking few stickers to his all new AWP | Dragon Lore. We can also see prices raising on Holo stickers which can be purchased on OPskins or elsewhere. For example Sticker | iBUYPOWER (Holo) | Katowice 2014 raised from 2300-2400 to 2800-3000 USD in last 2 months (based on OPskins pricings).