Cheating in the CSGO Community On a Rise
Co-Authored by Cormac Gogan
Hacking in the competitive side of CSGO has become more and more common in recent months. ‘Clean’ (non-hackers) players end up in a game against hackers and realize that the only way to beat a hacker is to evolve and to have better hacks. This leads to a Hacker on Hacker battle, which means that they push their ‘hacking’ limits to the maximum in order to beat the other’s effort and attempt to become the victor. This results in a ruined game for the other clean players that happened to end up in that game, and a ruined experience for the CSGO community as a whole.
CSGO cheating is more prevalent now in the community than ever.
CSGO Competitive uses the Elo system of ranking to determine what rank a given person is; This is where you rank up by winning consecutive games and you can rank up quicker by playing against higher ranks than yourself. For example, if a silver 2 beats a Silver elite master 3 times, he will most likely rank up where as if a silver 4 beats a silver 2 3 times, he most likely wont rank up.
Many games use this ‘skill based’ matchmaking system to make the game balanced; this is where the hacks come into place. The higher the rank you are the more likely you are to run into hacker, this is mainly because everyone tries to get out of ‘scrub’ (silver) ranks and rush to gold nova and they inevitably end up against a hacker with no skill that obtained their rank due to their use of hacking. And they think hacking is unfair so of course … those that come up against this sometimes go to get hacks themselves to make it more fair (Hacker vs Hacker). This happens more and more often, eventually there will probably be hackers in the silver as well.
The most common sorts of hacks are the following: Aimbot, wall hack, silent aim, no recoil and no spread. A commonly used site is http://www.ilikecheats.net/; they provide hacks for a cheap amount of money.
Professional players such as ALTERNATE smn, Titan KQLY and Epsilon Sf have been reported ‘hacking’ at LAN events and received a VAC ban (Valve Anti-cheat). They also got kicked from their teams and now their careers are ruined as their reputation is effectively ruined. KQLY posted on Facebook shortly after receiving his ban;
“As you may have seen, I was banned by VAC and unfortunately it was justified and I wanted to say that I am really sorry for all the people who supported me, I am aware that with my bullshit, my career is now over and my team in a very bad position. They did not deserve it”.
These Pro (hackers) somehow managed to sneak their hacks into the LAN event through the storage area in their mouse; they added the hacking files to their mouse’s drivers’ area and uploaded them onto the computer at the event.
While this isn't necessarily something to be overly worried about and Valve is very much aware of these issues and they're very proactive about cheaters in their game. Cheating has always been an issue in every game, and it can even add enjoyment, but in this case it adds frustration and can push players away from the game instead of drawing them in. But it's still very much real and the cheating community is very much alive.