Counter Strike 2 Cheaters
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Counter-Strike 2 has a cheating problem, and dissatisfaction is at an all-time high

The community needs some relief from the cheaters.

Cheating has always been a problem in any game, mostly online multiplayer. But, undoubtedly first-person shooter games face this issue the most, with innovative cheats being released almost every day with thousands of new players resorting to these unethical means to boost their ranks. Counter-Strike, one of the most famous FPS games of all time, is also infamous for having hackers and cheaters. CSGO has always been filled with cheaters, with hundreds of players — including pros — complaining about this issue daily. Unfortunately, Valve, the developer of Counter-Strike 2 and other CS games, never could stop cheating in any of the games no matter how much they tried.

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Counter-Strike 2 has just been dropped globally, with FPS lovers flooding the game’s servers since its release. But the cheating frequency remains the same in this new game as well, despite Valve issuing a warning to the cheaters on the very first day of the game. It did not take long before forums on Reddit or Steam started flooding with cheating reports. Valve might have introduced a lot of exciting features in CS2, along with a lot of changes, but they certainly did not pay much attention to the cheating issue, which has been a constant complaint from the community for years.

Hackers are still making their way to the game despite Valve announcing new anti-cheat

Previously in CSGO, Valve had an anticheat called the Valve Anticheat. Although the developers kept on sending out massive ban waves at different times to block out new cheats, the anti-cheat was never really a success in stopping cheaters from getting into the game in the first place. While transitioning into the new game Counter-Strike 2, Valve introduced a new anti-cheat called Valve Live during the beta testing phase.

Players had a lot of expectations from Valve’s new anti-cheat and people were actually hoping that this would significantly reduce the number of cheaters in the game. Unfortunately, that was not the case, as pros and streamers started reporting about cheaters getting into the game even during the beta phase of Counter-Strike 2. Apparently, popular streamer TimTheTatman found himself on the same team as a hacker who was not even invited to the beta test. The hacker later revealed that he somehow made his way to the beta test by tampering with the game files.

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As the beta test progressed, and the developer started sending out invites to the players, the situation got even more horrifying. Pros and invited players constantly kept Reddit forums hot with new cheating reports every day. One post by Reddit user u/Knusprigebeute1 on r/GlobalOffensive read “I am really close to just stop playing my favorite Game that I spent 4000-5000 hours on in the last few years..” (We feel sorry for you, buddy, but you are not the only one.) Another user called u/ProfessionalYak2784 expressed their frustration through a post on r/cs2 which said, “At the very least for a limited beta test – don’t allow such accounts to be able to play CS2. Makes no sense to torture the legit community with such toxic matches.

Valve Live is helping, but it is not enough

Coming into Counter-Strike 2, Valve had already made it clear that they won’t let cheaters ruin the game so easily this time. With the introduction of the new anti-cheat Valve Live, the developer has also brought changes to other factors related to punishing the offenders. In CSGO, hackers never got banned instantly after getting reported in the middle of the game. However, in Counter-Strike 2, many players have reported that their match has ended mid-game, as a cheater was detected, and the match was announced nullified almost immediately.

As previously mentioned, Valve sent out a warning to the cheaters on the very first day of the game, which included warnings for the accomplices of the cheaters as well. Despite Valve taking the hardline, wall hackers, aim botters, and spin botters started swarming the servers. Many pros even started complaining that the leaderboards of Counter-Strike 2 were filled with players who were cheating and also helping other cheaters to climb up to the top of the leaderboards. Popular pro player, ropz from FaZe Clan took to X (formerly Twitter) to express his frustration with the amount of cheaters he had to face in the Premier games.

From the reaction of the community and the pros, it is evident that Valve’s newly introduced anti-cheat software is not enough to provide players with a flawless gaming experience. The amount of bans Valve is sending out is very insignificant to the amount of cheaters joining the game every day.

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There are still rays of hope for Counter-Strike 2

According to X user @CrudeUK, Valve has sent out the first major ban wave and also the largest ban wave of Counter-Strike 2 till now, which saw thousands of accounts getting banned for using a specific cheat sold by a popular cheater. Although the exact number of banned accounts could not be determined, the news comes as a great relief for the legit players, assuring them that Valve is actively working to keep the integrity of Counter-Strike 2 by keeping it free of cheaters. More major ban waves are expected to arrive soon in the future after Valve is done identifying more hacks that still exist in the game. With all this good news around, players can certainly hope that Counter-Strike 2 will be a better experience for them, with the developers putting in more effort than ever to solve the cheating issue of Counter-Strike 2.

Cheating is a bothersome problem in Counter-Strike 2. If Valve does not deal with this issue immediately and take more steps to counter the cheaters, the game is bound to face the same fate as its predecessor, CSGO.

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