All real sports have cheaters. It’s human nature to exploit the system and find any way possible to get a competitive edge, be it for monetary gain, glory, fame, or just for fun. Cheating has always been pertinent to Counter-Strike and CS:GO. It’s almost like a small industry working out of esports and its tournaments, offering premium programs and services to other players. The usage of hacks is rampant for quite a long time now which seems no stoppage. Early 2016, saw Valve shutting down 1 million accounts in cheating related cases.

Who faced the heat?

Some of the most controversial cases were of Hovik“KQLY” Tovmassian, a player for team Titan, and Gordon “SF” Giry from another big team called Epsilon. Both were caught by VAC (Valve Anti Cheat) at the same time for using an aim assistance hack for over a week during a tournament. Joseph “Joee” Leigh of Rise Gaming UK, was shut down by VAC. Joee admitted that he purchased a private cheat from a Ukrainian developer under the pseudonym keybode.

And many other similar stories happened.

What all hacks are normally used?

The use of wallbots (cheat to see through walls) and aimbots (gives added precision to shots) are in large numbers that it’s difficult to identify a cheat among the top players. Everyone will think that he’s having a great time. Wallbots and aimbots are a pain to track as it comes in layers. The natural skill of a top player camouflages the tiny bit of added accuracy to shots done by the bot. It’s said that around 30–40% of the pros use cheats, but are not caught as it doesn’t appear to be an obvious cheat.

Other minor hacks by casual gamers include fake lag hack- where the player stops mid-air and takes zero damage unless shot at the back. The self-boost hacks which boost the movement speed. The spin bot- where the player spins for a few second at the spawning area. These hacks are so obvious that it can get caught the very moment.

In the case of a suspected hacker

There are cases when a team is beaten hands down in the pistol round itself, and the fishy play is spotted. In such circumstances, tell your team in the very next round, to monitor that particular player for a suspect hacker. By the end of the game, when it’s pretty sure, report that player in conjunction. Chances are that he will be banned after proper inquiry. Resorting to calling him ‘hacker’ all around the chat will not work, stay calm and competitive.

The another option is recording a demo of the game showing the hacker and submitting it to websites like Zengaming, who put the hackers in the spotlight through their Youtube channel.

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