Counter-Strike 2 Already Has Hackers in the Beta, New Anti-Cheat System Incoming
The beta for Counter-Strike 2 has already been infiltrated by hackers, despite Valve’s strict invite restrictions. Learn more about the situation and Valve’s response in this article.
Counter-Strike 2 Beta Already Facing Hacker Issues
Looks like some sort of new anti-cheat measure is in the works for Counter-Strike 2 called “VAC Live”.
If a cheater gets detected during a match, the match will be cancelled! pic.twitter.com/PQY88sBlMl
— Aquarius (@aquaismissing) March 23, 2023
Valve’s Counter-Strike 2 has been in limited beta testing for only a couple of days, but players are already reporting that hackers are finding their way into the game, despite strict invite restrictions.
Fans of the series had almost lost hope of seeing a source 2 update, but Valve released the update when fans were least expecting it. Along with visual enhancements, the update brought significant changes to the game’s meta, such as revamping the smoke grenade and introducing tickless servers.
Valve opened a beta for a limited number of players to get feedback before the full release of the game this summer. However, it seems the company’s precautions weren’t enough to stop hackers from gaining access to the servers.
Former CS: GO pro jasonR recently tweeted that he encountered the first cheater in Counter-Strike 2. Additionally, a popular cheat company posted a video showcasing its new wall and aim hacks for Counter-Strike 2. Many skilled players who were not invited to the beta have also expressed their disappointment on the Global Offensive subreddit.
Valve has stated that invites to the beta are based on several factors, including recent playtime on Valve official servers, trust factor, and Steam account standing. It’s surprising that cheaters and toxic players were not excluded from the beta, given their lower trust factor.
Valve is aware of the cheating issue and has plans to improve its anti-cheat system. According to data miner Aquarius, Valve is planning to release an anti-cheat system called “VAC Live,” which will cancel a match if a cheater is found in the game. While this system may help prevent unfair matchups, it remains to be seen whether there are more significant changes to the anti-cheat.
While fans have been calling for kernel-level anti-cheat measures, this seems unlikely since Counter-Strike is also available on Linux, which doesn’t support such software. Despite the new update, Valve still needs to address Counter-Strike’s biggest problem for over a decade.
Pokdepinion: A part of me isn’t surprised by this given its popularity but a part of me was also wondering how did this even begin in the first place. Imagine going to a closed beta thinking you’d be safe, and then get completely battered down instantly.