Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is well known for falling victim to hackers; however, the new patch features a guideline in an attempt to prevent hackers from entering the game.
Counter-strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is a series of multiplayer first-person shooter video games consisting of two teams. In the games, the terrorists battle to perform an act of terror, which includes hostage-taking, bombing and assassination, while the counter-terrorists try to prevent the terrorism acts.
A new patch for CS: GO launched on Wednesday, 7 July 2021, featuring some minor changes to the matchmaking system. The game now allows players to set up multiple matchmaking presets for competitive mode, and premier mode can now be selected alongside other competitive maps.
However, the game’s developer, Valve added a crucial feature to the update. When the “accept” button appears to confirm a competitive match, it will now include a link to CS: GO Fair Play Guidelines. The guidelines state, “Playing CS: GO together works best when everyone goes into a match with similar expectations. Players who choose to play on official CS: GO servers are expected to never cheat, never grief or verbally abuse your teammates or opponents and never use any automation for any reason.”
The guidelines were set in motion as the game tends to attract various hackers and cheaters, which understandably frustrates the other gamers. However, in 2002, Valve attempted to prevent hackers from entering the game.
The Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) is an anti-cheat system which is designed to ban hackers and cheaters in CS: GO. When the software detects a cheat on a player’s system, it will automatically ban them in the future. It can also kick players out of the game if it detects errors in their system’s memory or hardware.
Furthermore, because of the ongoing hacks, gamers have cooked up their own theories on why Valve does not put in more effort to prevent hackers playing the game. On a Quora forum, one gamer’s theory is that hackers generate more money for Valve. Hackers often create new accounts, and every new account could mean more money in Valve’s pocket.
On a Steam Community forum, another gamer wrote, “Valve does not care. They do not give a s&*t. The moment when they had a serious problem with cheaters, they chose to make the game free to play. Which is an invitation to previously banned cheaters and all cheaters to cheat even more. Good job Valve.”
Another gamer explained why they believe there are so many cheaters in the game, stating “New players want to feel like skilled gamers, without putting in the time and effort to practice. Instead of having to put hundreds of hours into learning spray patterns, building up their muscle memory to improve their aim and just playing the game to learn different positions to hold and acquire better game sense, they can download some hacks, just to feel like a “good player.”
Despite Valve’s efforts with the anti-cheat system, cheaters and hackers still find their way into the game.