Hostage rescue scenarios are maps where the counter-terrorists main objective is to rescue the hostages. The hostages are generally placed near the terrorist spawn. To rescue the hostages, the counter-terrorist must interact with the hostage and then lead them to the hostage rescue zone, usually located near the counter-terrorist spawn. The secondary objective, which also secures a victory for either team, is to eliminate all members of the opposing team. When the round time expires, the terrorists win by default.
When the counter-terrorist begins interacting with the hostages, he is usually rewarded a small sum of cash. Upon successfully escorting a hostage to a rescue point, a much greater sum is awarded to the individual counter-terrorist.