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Will Counter Strike 2 Have an Open Beta - Answered

How Will Counter Strike 2 Deal with Cheaters?

Valve, please build more holiday resorts for VACations in KQLYfornia.

Counter-Strike 2 is confirmed for Summer 2023 and there are definitely more questions than answers since Valve was very restrictive about what they revealed regarding Counter-Strike 2. The player amount in CS:GO is unironically going up constantly since March 2022 and a big transition will happen once “CS2” goes live, which will probably include a lot of people who just gave up on CS:GO. It’s going to be a free upgrade, so with a lot of honest lovers of the Counter-Strike franchise, we will also see a rise of malicious players who will come with the intent to cheat as much as possible without getting caught. VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) should be there to protect honest players, but VAC is not perfect and has its shortcomings.

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How will Valve deal with the expected influx of cheaters in the upcoming Counter-Strike 2? Despite the legitimate growth of the player base, a good portion of people who quit CS:GO were people who were fed up with rampant cheaters in CS:GO competitive matchmaking.

Will VAC Be Better at Removing Cheaters in Counter-Strike 2?

Of course, we’ve spoken about the cheating problem in CS:GO earlier in another article, so if you are interested you may have a look below.

Related: Is Cheating a Problem in CS:GO? – Cheating Issue Explained

However, there is hope. There’s definitely a reason to have high expectations from Valve. And that line is not written for nothing. Dota 2 has already been on Source 2 for over half a decade now, and naturally, Dota 2 is a testing ground for a lot of cool stuff. Recently, Valve have devised a new way to catch cheaters by putting some specific stuff in the code, about which we’ve written in a separate article which is linked below.

Related: Our Lord and Savior Emperor Gaben Drops a 40k Banhammer in Dota 2 Against Cheaters

This “honeypot” strategy might keep evolving further and giving Valve more ways to catch cheaters as they come. In my personal opinion, after recalling the most recent Dota 2 ban wave and informing myself about the Tick Rate Changes, I can’t help myself but think that there might be a honeypot there as well and that cheaters will probably emit some sort of “signature” or “signal” with their unauthorized third-party software toward the Valve’s CS2 Matchmaking Server, which honest and clean players won’t.

A lot of trust is to be regained by Valve with Counter-Strike 2 and we hope that they are ready for the task. The problem is that when you know that VAC is not 100% efficient, every suspicious or lucky kill may put a doubt in the corner of your mind that you are being cheated against. In the meantime, check how you can enter the Counter-Strike 2 Beta Test. See you at Prima Games soon!

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Nikola L
Nikola has been a Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. He has been gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (when gaming was really good!). Nikola has helped organize dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009.